Founded in 1995, the Colorado School Finance Project (CSFP) is a non-profit whose mission is to compile, collect and distribute research-based, non-partisan information and data on topics related to school finance for state and local policy makers.

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What We Are Reading


In early October, CSFP asked Superintendents and CFOs/Budget Managers what they are experiencing in teacher recruitment / retention issues.  We received responses from over 60 districts across the state.  Following are some of their responses, by region.


CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting - Western Slope presentation


The Colorado Sun: Colorado is near the bottom of states in school funding.  That's why there are nearly 40 bond and mill levy override questions on ballots this fall.

Summary Report to Legislative Council - Gallagher Interim Committee 2018
, Bill A, Bill B, Bill C - October 2018


Colorado Ballot Information Booklet - 2018 Blue Book - Colorado Legislative Council Staff


Responses by Superintendents and CFO/Budget Managers to CSFP's query about Teacher Retention and Recruitment Concerns in their district: Colorado School District Teacher Recruitment Retention - first email 10/11/2018 - more will be added over the month of October.  We have received responses from over 60 of Colorado's 178 districts.


CSFP map of Colorado School Districts on 4-day weeks for 2018-19 School Year.  Some districts choose to have a 4-day week.  For others, it is a financial decision.  Colorado has 178 school districts.  Source: Colorado Department of Education and districts.

  • 104 (58%) of Colorado's school districts are on 4-day weeks
    • 91 Districts - All schools on 4-day weeks
    • 13 Districts - 1 or some schools on 4-day weeks
    • Colorado Charter School Institute - some schools on 4-day weeks
    • 1 BOCES on 4-day week

CSFP Advisory Committee


Summer / Fall 2018: Challenge to the constitutionality of the transportation section (Section 7) of HB18-1306 by CASE/CASB and several school districts.

CASE Press Release
Governor Hickenlooper's letter to the Members of the Colorado House of Representation - June 1 2018

The Bill and Fiscal Note
HB18-1306 - Concerning Ensuring Educational Stability for Students in Out-of-Home Placement
HB18-1306 - Fiscal Note


Colorado Ballot Information Booklet - 2018 Blue Book - Colorado Legislative Council


September 2018 Forecast


School Finance Interim Committee - September 17, 2018 Workshop


Alternatives to the Gallagher Amendment Interim Study Committee - Proposed Legislation


DRAFT of 2018 School District Elections - information is subject to change as more current information becomes available. Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational Mill Levy, Full Day Kindergarten MLO, Transportation MLO, Sales Tax. Information posted as of 10/1/2018, 3:30 PM Update.

Colorado's Legislative History of Mill Levy Overrides from 1988 - 2018

JULY 2018

High Achieving States Across 6 Benchmarks: Summary of academic rankings of the top 10 states incorporating 6 benchmarks sourced from a variety of sources: ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), McKinsey/US News - Best States, and EdWeek, Quality Counts.

CASE DBO Presentation: School Finance: Now What? Amendment 73

July 13, 2018 Gallagher Interim Committee Meeting - CSFP Interim Committee information is available on CSFP's Interim Committee page.

  • October 3, 2018
  • August 21, 2018
  • July 18, 2018
  • Agenda July 13, 2018
  • Presentations:
    • Colorado Assessors' Association
    • JBC: Property Tax, School Finance, and the Gallagher Amendment
    • Pueblo City-County Library
    • Department of Local Affairs
JUNE 2018

June 2018 Forecast

CSFP was asked to provide additional detail regarding the individual district impact of Great Schools Thriving Communities (GSTC):

Quality Counts 2018 (2015 audited data) - CSFP 2-page document containing the following charts:

  • Chart on Colorado and the United States Per Pupil Expenditures - above / below the U.S. Average
  • Percent of Students in Districts with Per Pupil Expenditures At or Above the U.S. Average
MAY 2018

A Decade of Colorado K-12 School Funding Cuts 2018-19 to 2009-10 (PDF) by county, district (inclusive of mid-year cuts, state budget stabilization, negative factor, and budget stabilization factor). Total lost revenue: $7,300,000,000 ($7.3B). During the 2017 Legislative Session the Legislature renamed the Negative Factor to the Budget Stabilization Factor.

UPDATE: CSFP's Colorado School Finance & Education Reform Timeline 2018-19 thru 1992

PERA Update - Post Season

APRIL 2018

CSFP presentation to Western Slope Advisory Committee, April 19, 2018

CSFP presentation to Colorado Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) - April 6, 2018

Updates on Colorado's PK-12 Special Student Population Trends for 2017-18:

Colorado's Homeless Student Count 2005-2017. Data Source: CDE Instructional Program Count.

MARCH 2018

CSFP March Advisory Committee Meeting

In early March CSFP asked all 178 school district Superintendents and CFOs "What would you do with a $100M buydown of the Budget Stabilization Factor?" (formerly the Negative Factor). CSFP posted responses on social media beginning Monday, March 5, 2018. All posts are available here, updated with the most recent posts. Updated as of Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (day 14 of posting).

From Legislative Council's School Finance in Colorado booklet April 2017:


CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting

CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting - Western Slope


CASE Nuts & Bolts - Pre-CASE Conference - January 31, 2018 - CSFP Presentation

CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting:

From the Denver Post: Douglas County school voucher program now officially dead after case dismissed by Supreme Court, officials say... January 27, 2018

CSFP Comparison of Pupil to Teacher Ratio in the United States - NCES 2015-16 data (audited data lags current information). Colorado ranks 41st highest - larger class sizes.

CSFP Presentation in Telluride - Colorado School Funding

CSFP Testimony at January School Finance Interim Committee Meeting

Historical information is available on our Historial Info page, by calendar year.