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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.

Mill Levy and Tax Credit Information 2020-21

 - CDE Explanation Sheet
Colorado Education Association Presentations:
DAY ONE: School Finance in Colorado: A Historical Perspective Statehood to 2008- November 16, 2020
DAY TWO: School Finance in Colorado: A Historical Perspective 2009-Present- November 17, 2020
CSFP’s November 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

Video Recording of meeting 
FY2021-22 Budget Request Governor Polis- Lauren Larson, Grace Glover, Aaron Ray and Luke Teater, Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Distance to the Base & Changes to School Finance in 2020- Justin Silverstein and Tracie Rainey, CSFP
2020 Election Results and Recap- Lisa Weil, Great Education Colorado
2020 State Profile Data: Our annual profile information depicts changes in K-12 funding and counts (comparing the base year of 1992-93 to 2013-14 to 2017-18 to 2018-19). Data is audited so lags behind current information.

  - 2020 State Profile Overview: a 1-page overview of areas of concern for K-12
  - 2020 Overview Highlights & Charts: 2-page document with highlights and charts.
  - CSFP 2020 State Profile Data: 4 tables and Notes page 
       - Table 1: Enrollment, Special Education, Free and Reduced Lunch, English language learners (ELL), and Gifted Students
       - Table 2: Number of Teachers, Teachers per 1,000 students, Average Salary (comparing CO and National)
       - Table 3: Per Student Current Spending and Revenues
       - Table 4: Relationship between State/Local Revenue for K-12 Public Education and Personal Income
       - Notes and Terms: Footnotes for all tables are located on this page.
A look at Colorado average teacher salaries over time- Colorado School Finance Project report, November 11, 2020
                                                                                                ELECTIONS PAGE 2020

2020 November Colorado School District Election Results
2020 Mill Levy Override Results Map
Governor's FY20201-22 Budget Request- November 2, 2020

November What We’re Reading:  

More contribution hikes, benefit cuts may be needed to close $4.5 billion hole in Colorado’s PERA– The Colorado Sun, November 21, 2020

Drop in School Lunch Participation Leaves Budget Shortfalls– CT Examiner, November 8, 2020

Colorado voters give a big boost to education funding by passing local and statewide measures– The Denver Channel, November 6, 2020

Colorado’s older teachers facing a crossroads: Risk coronavirus or retire– The Colorado Sun, November 5, 2020

NOVEMBER 2020
Mill Levy and Tax Credit Information 2020-21

 - CDE Workbook
 - CDE Explanation Sheet
Colorado Education Association Presentations:
DAY ONE: School Finance in Colorado: A Historical Perspective Statehood to 2008- November 16, 2020
DAY TWO: School Finance in Colorado: A Historical Perspective 2009-Present- November 17, 2020
CSFP’s November 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

Video Recording of meeting 
FY2021-22 Budget Request Governor Polis- Lauren Larson, Grace Glover, Aaron Ray and Luke Teater, Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Distance to the Base & Changes to School Finance in 2020- Justin Silverstein and Tracie Rainey, CSFP
2020 Election Results and Recap- Lisa Weil, Great Education Colorado
2020 State Profile Data: Our annual profile information depicts changes in K-12 funding and counts (comparing the base year of 1992-93 to 2013-14 to 2017-18 to 2018-19). Data is audited so lags behind current information.

  - 2020 State Profile Overview: a 1-page overview of areas of concern for K-12
  - 2020 Overview Highlights & Charts: 2-page document with highlights and charts.
  - CSFP 2020 State Profile Data: 4 tables and Notes page 
       - Table 1: Enrollment, Special Education, Free and Reduced Lunch, English language learners (ELL), and Gifted Students
       - Table 2: Number of Teachers, Teachers per 1,000 students, Average Salary (comparing CO and National)
       - Table 3: Per Student Current Spending and Revenues
       - Table 4: Relationship between State/Local Revenue for K-12 Public Education and Personal Income
       - Notes and Terms: Footnotes for all tables are located on this page.
A look at Colorado average teacher salaries over time- Colorado School Finance Project report, November 11, 2020                                                                                       ELECTIONS PAGE 2020
2020 November Colorado School District Election Results
2020 Mill Levy Override Results Map

2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly
Local Ballot Measure Tracker link from the Colorado Health Foundation
Governor's FY20201-22 Budget Request- November 2, 2020
  ELECTIONS PAGE 2020

DRAFT of 2020 School District Elections-
Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational MLO, and Transportation MLO.  Information posted as of 10/12/2020.
2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly

Amendment B resources:
- The Gallagher Amendment- Legislative Council Staff, July 30, 2020
- Amendment B explained: What repealing the Gallagher Amendment would mean for Colorado and your property taxes- The Colorado Sun, September 29, 2020
- Gallagher's Effect on Tax Rates Over Time graph
- Amendment B: Repeal Gallagher Amendment, Explained- Colorado Public Radio, October 12, 2020

Proposition 116 Tax Calculator- created by Colorado Fiscal Institute
- CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator - Google Spreadsheet
- CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator- Excel format
November What We're Reading:  
 - Drop in School Lunch Participation Leaves Budget Shortfalls- CT Examiner, November 8, 2020
 - Colorado voters give a big boost to education funding by passing local and statewide measures- The Denver Channel, November 6, 2020
 - Colorado's older teachers facing a crossroads: Risk coronavirus or retire- The Colorado Sun, November 5, 2020
OCTOBER 2020
October Pupil Count- Where are the Students? Presentation to DBO- Tracie Rainey and Justin Silverstein, October 28, 2020
ELECTIONS PAGE 2020  
DRAFT of 2020 School District Elections-  Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational MLO, and Transportation MLO.  Information posted as of 10/12/2020. 2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly Amendment B resources:  - The Gallagher Amendment- Legislative Council Staff, July 30, 2020 - Amendment B explained: What repealing the Gallagher Amendment would mean for Colorado and your property taxes- The Colorado Sun, September 29, 2020 - Gallagher's Effect on Tax Rates Over Time graph - Amendment B: Repeal Gallagher Amendment, Explained- Colorado Public Radio, October 12, 2020 Proposition 116 Tax Calculator- created by Colorado Fiscal Institute - CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator - Google Spreadsheet - CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator- Excel format
Internet Connectivity Across Colorado- Institute of Education Sciences
Estes Park School Board Presentation- Tracie Rainey, October 13, 2020
Teacher Salary Comparison by 24/7 Wall St.- October 12, 2020
CSFP’s October 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

Video Recording of meeting
September 2020 Forecast & the Blue Book Process- Kate Watkins, Legislative Council Staff
October Count Slide- Justin Silverstein, APA and Tracie Rainey
Gallagher Amendment: Impacts on Schools & Local Services and Why Now is the Time to Repeal It- Senator Chris Hansen
Be a Public Education Voter resources- Great Education Colorado
Education Funding and Taxation Policy Presentation to Great Schools Thriving Communities- Justin Silverstein, APA and Tracie Rainey, October 7, 2020
Average Teacher Salary Comparison Chart using Business.org data
October What We're Reading:   - School Bank Accounts Are Dwindling, As Third Wave of COVID-19 Takes Hold- Huffington Post, October 28, 2020 - Amendment B: Repeal Gallagher Amendment, Explained- Colorado Public Radio, October 12, 2020
SEPTEMBER 2020
CDE Memo: Student October Count Data Respondents/Audit Contacts- September 25, 2020
Average Teacher Salary Comparison Chart using Business.org data


Colorado Joint Education Committees' Meeting agenda and presentations- September 23, 2020 - Agenda - Overview and Statewide Snapshot from CDE - Managing COVID-10 Symptoms and Exposure - Colorado Charter School Institute - PTA and Parents on Reopening Schools - Addressing Barriers to Remote and In-Person Learning - Canon City Schools- How We Opened - North Routt Community Charter School - The Pinnacle Charter School - Budget and Funding Impacts from CDE - Colorado's Public Charter Schools and COVID - Overview of Possible Special Education Funsing Scenarios - Audio from meeting
Beginning in May 2020, the CSFP collected district budget cut realities from school districts and monitored media reports, as well. Our findings are below:
District Reported Budget Conversations 
Budget Cuts from Media Sources
Trends in district cuts 2020-21
CSFP Presentation to the Public Education and Business Coalition, September 21, 2020
- PowerPoint Presentation in orginal format
- PowerPoint Presentation created for grayscale printed
                                                                                                ELECTIONS PAGE 2020
DRAFT of 2020 School District Elections-  Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational MLO, and Transportation MLO.  Information posted as of 9/21/2020.
2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly
The Gallagher Amendment- Legislative Council Staff, July 30, 2020
September 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC CSFP’s September 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:
CSFP Student Count and Funding Charts (2019-20 data):
- Emergent bilingual students (English language learners, according to CDE)
- Gifted and Talented
- Students experiencing homelessness
- Special Education
- Students eligible for free and reduced lunch
2020 Quality Counts Grading of State Spending Per Pupil (pp) on Education- 

For the second year in a row, Colorado received an F on Education Week's Quality Counts spending matrix.
September 2020 What We’re Reading:  
AUGUST 2020
JULY 2020
JUNE 2020
CSFP’s June 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:
CSFP Presentation– Upper Rio Grande/Del Norte Board of Education, June 23, 2020
June 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC:
School Districts' Mill Levies at time of "de-brucing"
2008-2021 Budget Stabilization Factor Graph passed by by HB20-1418)
This chart compares state per-pupil spending to the U.S. average per-pupil spending.
UPDATED: Education Week Per Pupil Spending Comparison
2008-2021 Budget Stabilization Factor Graph (as proposed by HB20-1418)

CSFP School Finance Act PRELIMINARY Modeling- Five percent from COL factor and rest from Budget Stabilization Factor

June What We're Reading:

MAY 2020
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Twitter Feed for @cosfp May 2020: District Concerns by Region
Douglas County School Board Presentation- CSFP, 5.26.2020
Federal CARES UPDATE (5/20/2020) Joint Budget Committee Funding Updates
UPDATED: 2008-2021 Budget Stabilization Factor: Looking at Potential Consequences in 2020-21
CSFP's May 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting: May UPDATED 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC CSFP'S 2020 Budget Stabilization Informational Toolkit Joint Budget Committee Discussions May 2020
School Finance in Colorado Workbook 2020- Legislative Council Staff

Colorado School Districts Look To Trim Millions, Meaning Less Pay, Possibly Fewer Schools And Fewer Schooldays- Colorado Public Radio, May 6, 2020

-  Initiative 271- Vision 2020 Information  -

Initiative 271 Ballot Language and Initial Fiscal Impact Statement Sign up to attend a Fair Tax Colorado online info session:

Friday, May 8 @ 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 12 @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 13 @ 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20 @ 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 21 @ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 27 @ 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 28 @ 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 29 @ 10:00 a.m.

May What We're Reading:
APRIL 2020

CSFP's April 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

CASB Conversations: Budgeting During a State Fiscal Crisis

A look at the Budget Stabilization Factor:
Colorado Education Grant Dollars 2016-present

Comparison of Colorado Average Per-Pupil Spending and U.S. Average Per-Pupil Spending 2007-2017

****COVID-19 UPDATES and INFORMATION****

April What We're Reading:
MARCH 2020

****COVID-19 UPDATES and INFORMATION****

-  Initiative 271- Vision 2020 Information -  Initiative 271 Ballot Language and Initial Fiscal Impact Statement

Sign up to attend a Fair Tax Colorado online info session:

Press Release: JBC Action Postponed Until April 7 at Earliest- March 20, 2020
March 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC: March What We're Reading:
School finance related COVID Articles
FEBRUARY 2020
CSFP’s February 2020 Advisory Meeting:
2020 CASE Winter Leadership Conference Presentations: 
“Nuts and Bolts”– February 05, 2020 
“2020 Ballot”February 06, 2020
School District Uniform Total Program Mill Levy (2020) February What We’re Reading:
JANUARY 2020
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, using U.S. Census data, indicates Colorado's 4-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) for 2015-16 is below the U.S. average in all categories.  The CSFP created a chart illustrating the graduation gaps between Colorado and the U.S. average.
Supplemental Budget Requests FY2019-20, Department of Education- January 2020 
JBC staff document - subject to change
Colorado Student Enrollment At-a-Glance 2019-20
Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity 2019-20 by Assessed Value and type of Mill – includes pie chart and detail by school district Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program Presentation- University of Colorado at Denver: School of Public Affairs, January 22, 2020 CSFP’s January 2020 Advisory Meeting: January What We're Reading: