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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 policymakers.

ESSER Information
Click HERE to access the ESSER homepage.
May Advisory Meeting - May 10, 2024
Recording of Meeting
HB24-1448 New School Finance Formula Presentation - CSFP
Newcomer Funding + SB24-188 Public School Finance Presentation - CSFP
SB24-233 Property Tax Bill Presentation - CSFP
Property Tax Legislation and Ballot Initiatives - Greg Sobetski
Teacher Housing - Eagle County and RBC
CSFP at CASBO Spring Conference - May 1-3, 2024
CSFP at the Superintendent Advisory Committee - May 2, 2024
April Advisory Meeting - April 19, 2024
Recording of meeting
CSFP Presentation at CASE Western Slope Superintendents Conference - April 18, 2024
ESSER Update with 5 months to Go
Property Tax Background and Talking Points
Strategic School Finance - Fort Morgan, CO
April 4-5, 2024

Agenda

Colorado Context for School Finance - CSFP
Fund Balance Basics - CDE
Intro to CO School Finance - CDE
Strategic School Finance - CDE/CSFP
Revenue and Expenditure Optimization - CDE
Proposed School Finance Changes - CSFP
Base Teacher Salary - CDE
Declining Enrollment and Forecast - CDE
Putting it into Action - CSFP
School Finance Act 2024
Fiscal Note
24-25 District Calculation Worksheet by CDE
March Economic Forecast - March 15, 2024
•  Legislative Council Economic and Revenue Forecast Report
•  Legislative Council Economic and Revenue Forecast Presentation
•  Legislative Council Consumer Price Index Forecast
•  OSPB Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook Presentation
•  OSPB Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook Report 
•  OSPB Colorado Outlook Supplemental Materials
March Advisory Meeting - March 8, 2024
Recording of Meeting
Changing a State Finance Formula - Justin Silverstein, APA
Healthy School Meals for All Update - CDE
Mill Levy information & a look at K-12 Ed appropriation over time
Assessed Valuation by District
Assessed Valuation per Pupil
Total Program Mills
Voter Approved Mill Levy Override
Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity FY 2023-24
Tax Effort Equity by District and Per Pupil
CSFP Presentation to Bethune Board of Education - February 26, 2024
CSFP at CASE Winter Leadership - February 21-22, 2024
School Finance Changes presentation
Unveiling ESSER Impact presentation
February Advisory Meeting - February 9, 2024
Recording of Meeting
Universal Preschool Update 
Property Tax Task Force
HB23B-1003 Bill Text and Fiscal Note
Access all information here.

Meeting #1 - December 20, 2023
Recording of Live Stream
Division of Property Taxation Presentation
Legislative Council Staff Presentation
Presentation from Henry Sobanet

Meeting #2 - January 5, 2024
Recording of Live Stream
Land Value Tax
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Colorado Assessors Association
2024 Ballot Initiatives Concerning Property Taxation
Keystone Facilitated Commission Exercise 

Meeting #3 - January 19, 2024
Recording of Live Stream
Variations in Mill Levies Presentation
School Finance and Property Tax Presentation

Meeting #4 - February 9, 2024
Recording of Live Stream
Presentation from Colorado Counties Inc. and Counties & Commissioners Acting Together	
Indiana's Property Tax Caps Presentation
K12 Considerations Related to Property Taxation Presentation
Growth in Government Revenue and the Economy Presentation	
Update on Ballot Initiatives		

Meeting #5 - February 23, 2024
Recording of Live Stream
Homestead Exemptions Considerations for Colorado
Property Tax Circuit Breaker Programs
CMC Recommendations for Future Property Tax Policies
Colorado River District Presentation
Colorado Property Tax Impacts on Business Presentation
Small Business Taxation Equity Act Presentation

Meeting #6 - March 1, 2024
Recording of Live Stream
Bell Policy Center Presentation

Meeting #7 - March 8, 2024
Recording of Live Stream
Colorado Commission on Property Tax Draft Recommendations
Mentimeter results

Meeting #8 - March 15, 2024
Recording of Live Stream
Voting Language
School Finance Task Force

Preparing for the School Finance Task Force information booklet
CDE Task Force website

School Finance Study Types information and resources.

School Finance Task Force FINAL REPORT

Meeting #1 - 8/29/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #2 - 9/12/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #3 - 9/25/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #4 - 10/17/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #5 - 10/31/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #6 - 11/14/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #7 - 12/5/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #8 - 12/12/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #9 - 12/20/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #10 - 1/12/2024
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint
School Transportation Task Force
CDE Task Force Website

Meeting #1 - 9/26/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #2 - 12/11/2023
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #3 - 1/22/2024
Recording of Live Stream 
Powerpoint

Meeting #4 - 2/13/2024
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #5 - 3/19/2024
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint

Meeting #6 - 4/9/24
Recording of Live Stream
Powerpoint
May What We're Reading
"Colorado approved $24 million for migrant students. Here’s how much each school district will get." Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat, May 3, 2024.
"Property tax agreement elusive while land-use bills advance," Seth Klamann, Denver Post, May 6, 2024
"How will Colorado’s new funding formula affect rural districts? It depends." Jason Gonzalez, Chalkbeat, May 3, 2024.
"Colorado lawmakers reach last-minute bipartisan property tax deal that averts cuts to K-12 funding", Jesse Paul and Brian Eason, Colorado Sun, May 6, 2024.
"Will voters overrule fix to property tax spike?" Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post, May 14, 2024.
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