Colorado School Finance Project 2023-24 Highlights

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Conferences, Meetings, Communication / Media:
– Hosted the 3rd annual CSFP Conference: Traveling the Fiscal Pathway to 2024
– Presented at virtual conferences, superintendent gatherings, SAC meetings, BOCES, weekly Rural Alliance meetings, school board meetings, and individual district and community meetings virtually as requested.
– Hosted 10 CSFP Advisory Meetings virtually on Zoom.
– Shared our research and information via email, website, and social media connections with school districts, elected officials, state and community leaders, the media, and the general public.
– Pride ourselves on being available and responding quickly to your questions.
– Have an easily accessible website https://cosfp.org with school finance information.

Research and Data Analysis:
– Research and support analysis on tax policy changes with a focus on PK-12 and state revenue
– School district elections > Tracking of and Report of the November 2023 Mill and Bond Elections > Map of districts with MLO
A look at Average Teacher Salaries
Spending per pupil across the districts
– Actively monitor school finance legislation during the legislative session
– Monitor upcoming Universal Pre-School
– Individual District and State Profile data (provided annually since 1997)
Fourteen Years of Colorado’s K-12 School Funding CutsBudget Stabilization Report by district from 2009-10 to 2023-24 annual total and grand total
Student Population Trends: Free and Reduced Lunch, Gifted Education, Emerging Bilinguals, and Homeless
– Continued reporting on Tax Equity, Mill Levies, and Fiscal Capacity by District

CDE ESSER Grant to help school districts with transparency
– Fact sheets for individual districts – Surveys to monitor current and on-going needs
– Provide toolkits for communication

At the National level:
– Focus on COVID relief dollars allocated to school districts
– Focus on Colorado’s school funding compared to other states and the national average

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