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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

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
- Article: "At a breaking point:" Colorado schools plead for help as stress of pandemic teaching piles up- The Colorado Sun, September 24, 2020
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

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 Colortado Sun, September 29, 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.
Update on free lunch from the Federal Government 
- Colorado school reopening updates: School districts can continue serving free meals to all students- Chalkbeat, September 1, 2020 
- Press Release: USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020- USDA, Food and Nutrition Services, August 31, 2020
Four-Day Week Information:
- UPDATED 8/31/2020: School Districts with four-day weeks in Colorado 2001-2021 chart
- Map of Four-Day Week School Districts in Colorado, August 2020
- Four Day School Week Manual 2020-21- Colorado Department of Education
- Research paper: Are All Four-Day School Weeks Created Equal? A National Assessment of Four-Day School Week Policy Adoption and Implementation - Oregon State University, June 2020
Mill Levy/Local Revenue Resources- Click Here
Information on Colorado PERA program

September 2020 What We’re Reading:  

Teacher pay penalty dips but persists in 2019– Economic Policy Institute with the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, September 17, 2020

Amendment B explained: What repealing the Gallagher Amendment would mean for Colorado and your property taxes– The Colorado Sun, September 29, 2020

Colorado’s substitute teacher shortage, worsened by coronavirus, could force some schools to close. Again.– The Colorado Sun, September 28, 2020

Amendment B puts spotlight on Gallagher’s mixed legacy of budget cuts, tax relief, and inequality in Colorado– The Colorado Sun, September 15, 2020

Opinion: Prop 116 would only worsen the severe lack of school funding in Colorado– The Colorado Sun, September 10, 2020

Schooling during COVID creates some labor challenges for Garfield County schools– Post Independent, September 7, 2020

Could some of Colorado’s urban districts catch onto a four-day week?– Denver Post, September 7, 2020

Colorado school reopening updates: School districts can continue serving free meals to all students Chalkbeat, September 1, 2020

YouTube report from TheDenverChannel.com

School finance related COVID Articles
SEPTEMBER 2020
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.
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:
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: