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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.

                                                                              Money Matters: Tell Your Story ESSER funding documents

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

   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

  August 24, 2021
   - School Finance 101 presentation- Legislative Council staff and Office of Legislative Legal Services
   - Federal COVID Recovery Funding for Education Update- Colorado Department of Education
   - Measuring Student Poverty in Colorado's School Finance System- Colorado Children's Campaign

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
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)
                                                                                                ELECTIONS PAGE 2021
DRAFT of 2021 Colorado 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
  August 24, 2021
   - School Finance 101 presentation- Legislative Council staff and Office of Legislative Legal Services
   - Federal COVID Recovery Funding for Education Update- Colorado Department of Education
   - Measuring Student Poverty in Colorado's School Finance System- Colorado Children's Campaign
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

October/September What We’re Reading:

The latest Nobel Prize winner: Researcher who helped show money matters for schools– Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat, October 13, 2021

RFSD responds to staffing and salary concerns– Jeanna Souldern, Sopris Sun, September 1, 2021

OCTOBER 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
August 24, 2021 - School Finance 101 presentation- Legislative Council staff and Office of Legislative Legal Services - Federal COVID Recovery Funding for Education Update- Colorado Department of Education - Measuring Student Poverty in Colorado's School Finance System- Colorado Children's Campaign
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
JUNE 2021
MAY 2021
APRIL 2021
Lake County School District Board of Education Presentation April 27, 2021

CSFP April Advisory Meeting Materials: 
- Meeting recording 
- School Finance Update Presentation- Marc Carey and Kate Watkins, Legislative Council 
- Moody's Methodology Change Presentation- Mattie Prodanovic and Jason Simmons, Hilltop Securities 
- Budget Stabilization Factor as Percent of State Share 
- School Finance Factors with and without Budget Stabilization Factor 
- Analysis of Factors Workbook Explanatory narrative 
- Excel Workbook looking at Factors, Base Funding, and the Budget Stabilization Factor
USDA Announcement on Free Lunch Extension through June 2022 April 20, 2021
Public Education & Business Coalition Board Presentation April 20, 2021
ESSER III Colorado Allocation by School District
Western Slope April Advisory Meeting Presentation April 15, 2021
Salida School DIstrict Presentation April 13, 2021
Public Education Study Group materials 4.9.2021
  - Meeting recording
  - School Finance 101
UPDATED Colorado COVID-19 Public School Assistance 2021
Budget Stabilization Factor Chart 2008-2021: Reflects passage of SB21-053, supplemental
April What We’re Reading:   - How States Can Manage Uncertainty, Balance Budgets, and Help Communities in the Pandemic's Wake- Pew Charitable Trusts, March 22, 2021 – Universal free lunch will help Colorado districts keep feeding kids. But could it also rob some schools of state funding?– The Colorado Sun, April 27, 2021 – Colorado Senate adds special ed funding, chief equity officer position to 2022 budget– Chalkbeat Colorado, April 8, 2021 – Colorado’s 2022 budget boosts K-12 spending, restores higher ed cuts– Chalkbeat Colorado, April 5, 2021
MARCH 2021
FEBRUARY 2021
JANUARY 2021
School finance related COVID Articles