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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.

You're invited! - 2nd Annual CSFP Conference
We invite you to join us for our 2nd Annual Colorado School Finance Project Conference: Investment in Action on Wednesday, September 21, 2022!

The conference will be held at The Charter at Beaver Creek, 120 Offerson Rd, Beaver Creek, CO 81620. To register, go to: https://www.co-case.org/event/2022CSFP_SuptsConf. We encourage you to register as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you in September!
Please reach out to t.rainey@cosfp.org for any questions.
EXCITING NEWS! Colorado School Finance Project awarded CDE grant to help school districts with ESSER transparency- March 1, 2022
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CSFP School Funding Presentation - June 29, 2022
June 2022 Forecast
•	Legislative Council Economic & Revenue Forecast Report
•	Legislative Council Presentation Slides
•	Legislative Council Consumer Price Index Forecast
•	OSPB Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook Report
•	OSPB Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook Presentation Slides
•	OSPB Colorado Outlook Supplemental Materials
CSFP ESSER Grant Presentation at CEA Conference (lunch session) - June 7, 2022
CSFP ESSER Grant Presentation at CEA Conference (afternoon session) - June 7, 2022
 CSFP to East Central BOCES: Learning and Transparency Technical Assistance Program Grant - June 1, 2022 
Great Education Board and CSFP: Legislative Re-cap and impacts on: K-12 Funding - May 19, 2022
CASB and CSFP: Legislative Re-cap and impacts on: K-12 Funding - May 18, 2022
May Advisory Meeting (May 13, 2022)
- Recording of the meeting
Initiative 63 - fact sheet and slides
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment - Ryan Gedney
Fiscal Impact on potential ballot/legislative measures - Chris Stiffler, CFI
Universal Pre-school - funding discussion
CSFP Presentation to CASBO  May 5, 2022
2021-22 Budget Stabilization Factor by School District
May/June What We're Reading

- “Everybody has a second job”: Low pay leaves rural Colorado teachers struggling. Colorado’s teacher salaries are among the lowest in the nation" - Daliah Singer, The Colorado Sun, May 19, 2022
- Colorado Public Education Opinion Survey Part 1 - May 26, 2022
- Colorado Public Education Opinion Survey Part 2 - June 8, 2022

MAY 2022
May Advisory Meeting (May 13, 2022)
- Recording of the meeting
Initiative 63 - fact sheet and slides
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment - Ryan Gedney
Fiscal Impact on potential ballot/legislative measures - Chris Stiffler, CFI
Universal Pre-school - funding discussion
CSFP Presentation to CASBO — May 5, 2022
APRIL 2022
MARCH 2022
School Finance memo from Joint Budget Committee Staff- Craig Harper, March 18, 2022
2021-22 Budget Stabilization Factor by School District
March 2022 Forecast   

Legislative Council Staff    
Economic & Revenue Forecast Report
Economic & Revenue Forecast Presentation   
Consumer Price Index Forecast

Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting     
Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook 
Presentation to the Joint Budget Committee     
The Colorado Outlook: Supplemental Materials
March Advisory Meeting
 - Recording of meeting
 - CSFP Transparency Grant slides
 - Early Childhood Education presentation - Bob Palaich, Augenblick, Palaich & Associates
 - PERA Update slides - Ron Baker, PERA of Colorado
CASB Conversations Webinar- School Finance 101, Part 1 [Need to be CASB member to access]
SOS School Finance 101 Presentations March 1-2, 2022:  
- Gunnison School District- school finance background- Tracie Rainey, CSFP 
- Take Action Slides- Lisa Weil and Cody Ostenson, Great Education Colorado and Great Schools Thriving Communities  
- 2022 School Funding Ballot Initiative Training information- Lisa Weil and Cody Ostenson, Great Education and Great Schools Thriving Communities
March What We're Reading: 
FEBRUARY 2022
Colorado Association of School Executives Winter Conference February 2022
  - Tips on how to work with your school board- Tracie Rainey, CSFP and Glenn McClain, Platte Valley School District
  - What Now with School Finance? - Tracie Rainey, CSFP
DRAFT 2022-23 Funding Workbook- Based on JBC Recommendations- Colorado Department of Education, February 2022
Presentation to Colorado BOCES Association Winter Quarterly Meeting- February 15, 2022
February CSFP Advisory Meeting
  - Recording of meeting
  - School Finance Project 2022- Office of the State Demographer's presentation
  - Issues in the Design of Early Childhood Systems: Informal Dialogue with CSFP- Bob Palaich
  - ADA Conversation Starters
    - How are states funding school districts in the wake of changing enrollments caused by COVID-19? (blog post)
    - How states count students to determine funding: A call for change (blog post)
    - Not Making the Grade
    - Issue Paper: Using Average Daily Attendance as a Basis for Distributing State School Revenue
Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity 2021-22 including an overall summary and detail by school district
     Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity 2021-22 Summary

Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity 2021-22 by Assessed Value and type of Mill – includes pie chart and detail by school district
     Total Assessed Value 2021-22
     Assessed Value per Pupil 2021-22
     Total Program Mills 2021-22 (mills each district levies as part of the school finance act)
     Mill Levy Overrides 2021-22 (voter-approved)

Percent of Colorado's General Fund Appropriation Allocated to Education 2006 to 2002 chart
JANUARY 2022
Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance 
January 27, 2022 
- At-risk Bill Draft Fiscal Note 
- Special Education Bill Draft Fiscal Note 
- MLO State Match Bill Draft  Fiscal Note - DID NOT VOTE ON and WILL NOT BE MOVING FORWARD 
- State Land Trust Bill Draft  Fiscal Note

January 14, 2022 CSFP Advisory Meeting 
- Recording of Meeting 
- CSFP Interim Committee and Legislative Update 
- Universal Preschool Recommendations Final Report

CSFP Presentation to Alamosa School District- January 13, 2022
Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance- January 10, 2022 meeting
- Colorado At-Risk Study Final Report Presentation- Urban Institute
- Bill Drafts: Special Education bill & State Match for Mill Levy Override
- School Finance Simulation Tool- Anna Gerstle, Legislative Council Staff
- School Finance Update- Craig Harper, JBC Staff

January/December What We're Reading:

- Colorado's 2022 legislative session began Wednesday. Here's your guide to get involved.- Sandra Fish, The Colorado Sun, January 12, 2022 - Funding, school ratings, workforce: Education issues we're watching in 2022- Jason Gonzales and Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat, January 7, 2022
DECEMBER 2021
December 2021 Forecast

Legislative Council staff
Economic & Revenue Forecast
Presentation to the Joint Budget Committee
  - K-12 Enrollment Forecast (slides 34-39)
  - Assessed Valuation Forecast (slides 40-45)
  - School Finance Outlook (slides 46-50)
Consumer Price Index Forecast

Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB)
Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook
Presentation to the Joint Budget Committee
The Colorado Outlook: Supplemental Materials


CSFP State Profile Report- 2021 (2019-20 audited data) 2021 State Profile Overview (1-page overview) 2021 State Profile Charts & Highlights (2 pages) 2021 State Profile Report (7 pages) includes a historical look at: - Enrollment in K-12: Enrollment, Special Education, Free & Reduced Lunch, Emergent Bilinguals (English Language Learners according to CDE), and gifted students - Teachers: Number of teachers, teachers per 1,000 students, average salary (comparing CO and National) - Per Student Current Spending and Revenue - Relationship between state/local revenue for K-12 and personal income
Colorado Department of Education presentation to the Joint Budget Committee Questions, Comments, and Slides
CASB Annual Convention- December 2-4, 2021
- Colorado K-12 Funding, School Finance- New Board Member Training booklet 

- Colorado K-12 Funding: New Board Member Orientation presentation 

- Mill Levy Correction presentation - Tracie Rainey and Glenn Gustafson
NOVEMBER 2021
OCTOBER 2021
CSFP Western Slope Advisory Meeting Presentation- October 21, 2021
Budget Stabilization chart 2017 to Present for all School Districts
Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance

   October 19, 2021
    - Special Education: Funding Overview- Legislative Council Staff
    - Overview of Possible Special Education Funding Scenarios- Consortium of Directors of Special Education
    - 2019-20 Annual Report by the Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee - Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee (SEFAC)
    - CDE Early Childhood Update
    - Mile High Early Learning: Montessori Inspired- Pamela Harris
    - Early Milestones Colorado: Ideal Learning in Colorado- Katie Nicolau
    - Colorado's Missing Year: Assessing Colorado's K-12 Performance in the Wake of COVID- Keystone Policy Center
    - Wildflower Schools- Rachel Kelley-Cohn

  October CSFP Advisory Meeting
  - Video recording of meeting 
  - 10 Key Takeaways from CSFP's Inaugural Conference
  - Economic & Revenue Forecast Presentation - Kate Watkins, Legislative Council Staff
  - School Finance Update Presentation- Marc Carey, Legislative Council Staff
  - Interim Committee Discussions and Mill Levy Correction Presentation- Tracie Rainey, CSFP and Justin Silverstein, APA Consulting
Money Matters: Tell Your Story ESSER funding documents
Adams 12 Five Star Leadership Academy presentation - October 8, 2021
Thirteen Years of the Budget Stabilization Factor-2009 to 2022 (data for every school district)
October What We're Reading:

– How Staff Shortages Are Crushing Schools– Mark Lieberman, Education Week [will need to sign-in for access]

- The latest Nobel Prize winner: Researcher who helped show money matters for schools- Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat, October 13, 2021
SEPTEMBER 2021
                                                                                                ELECTIONS PAGE 2021
DRAFT of 2021 School District Elections- Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational MLO, and Transportation MLO.  Information posted as of 9/29/2021. 2021 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly
The factors in the Colorado School finance formula: - Dollars available for Colorado school finance formula factors BEFORE and AFTER the Budget Stabilization Factor - A Look at Factor Funding and the Budget Stabilization Factor - School Districts Ranked by Pre-BS Factor Cost of Living as a % of Total Factor Funding
September Forecast   

Legislative Council Staff    
Economic & Revenue Forecast    
Economic & Revenue Forecast Presentation   
Consumer Price Index Forecast  

Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting     
Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook     
Presentation to the Joint Budget Committee     
The Colorado Outlook: Supplemental Materials
Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance 
September 17, 2021 
- State Land Board funding for K-12 Education- Colorado State Land Board 
- A National Perspective on Property Tax & School Finance: How Colorado Compares- Lincoln Institute of Land Policy 
- Mill Levy Overrides 101- Legislative Staff 
- Property Tax Levy Overrides in Other States- Andrew Reschovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- School District Overrides- Daniel Thatcher, NCSL and Michael Griffith, LPI
CSFP Inaugural Conference Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colorado September 15, 2021

  - "How Money Matters: Creating, Adequate, Equitable and Sustainable School Funding"- presentation by Danielle Farrie, Education Law Center
  - "What the NFL taught me about Leadership & Teamwork"- presentation by Reggie Rivers, former Denver Broncos player (PowerPoint presentation download with videos)
  - Boulder Valley School District ESSER story video- Rob Anderson
  - East Grand School DIstrict ESSER story video- Frank Reeves
  - Greeley Evans ESSER story video- Dierdre Pilch
  - Gunnison Watershed School District story video- Tia Mills
  - Littleton School District ESSER story video- Jonathan Levesque
  - Northeast BOCES ESSER story video- Tamara Durbin
A Look at Mills in Colorado:

  - Local Mill Effort by Assessed Valuation Per Pupil UPDATED
  - Total Mills (including bonds) for all school districts
AUGUST 2021
JULY 2021