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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 policy makers.

Colorado Did You Know? School Finance video: link



The Principles of School Finance: What is a School Finance System? For more information on School Finance click on the School Finance tab on the left side of this page. Introductory pages within School Finance tab:


June 2016

June 2016 Economic Forecast


CSFP Presentation at St. Vrain Valley School District - June 15, 2016


Categorical Funding: Federal, State, Local 2007-08 to 2013-14


Colorado 2014 Graduation Rate Lags Behind U.S. Average and in Every Student Subgroup


May 2016

Need & Size Factors and Tax Effort & Fiscal Capacity Report for Colorado school districts.

The Future of School Finance in Colorado: Joint Budget Committee, House & Senate Education - 2016 Legislation session - documents presented to the joint JBC and House & Senate Education committees.


April 2016

From Colorado Public Radio: In Colorado, School Funding Lags Despite a Booming Economy, by Jenny Brundin


CSFP Presentation to Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) Colorado STEM Network (CSN) April 2016 Conference Call.


CSFP Grand Junction Community Meeting - April 22


CSFP Grand Junction Advisory Meeting - Western Slope Superintendents - April 21


Panel Discussion: Takes a Team to Educate a Child, Eastern Colorado School Boards - handouts: April 19, 2016


Presentation at CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting: Discussion - School Finance Update, Mill Levy Discussion, Mesa County Ruling


March 2016

March 2016 Forecasts


Presentations at CSFP Advisory Meeting


CSFP presentation at Great Futures Action Summit: The Conundrum of School Finance


CSFP presentation to Weld County RE-1 Gilcrest: The Conundrum of School Finance, Planning School Budgets for the Future: All the Moving Parts

February 2016

Colorado Attorney General opinion on the constitutionality of a legislative proposal to create an enterprise that would administer Colorado's Hospital Provider Fee.


Seven Years of K-12 School Funding Cuts 2009-2016 (inclusive of mid-year, budget stabilization and negative factor) - February 2016


East Central BOCES Presentation: Article 10 Section 20 of the Constitution - Taxpayer Bill of Rights brief overview. Source documents:


CSFP presentation at CASE Conference February 2016: Nuts & Bolts


January 2016

Colorado STEM Network Web Meeting - January 2016 CSFP powerpoint

Quality Counts 2016 (2012-13 School Year, FY13) - Per Pupil Spending by State: Colorado ranks 42 of 51 in per pupil spending; spending $2,681 less than the U.S. Average of $11,667.



Note: Typically our Home page contains information from the last 6 months. We try to "roll off" information every month to our Historical Info page. The information is in chronological order, most recent first.

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