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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.

 

December 2016:

 

The Colorado School Finance Project recently completed a review of school district Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity. It’s important to note that school districts have no control over what 1 mill can raise. The range for what 1 mill can raise is from a low of about $4,000 to a high of $13,000,000. The range for what 1 mill can raise per student is a low of about $20 to a high of $3,000.

 

November 2016:

Natalie Mullis, Chief Economist, Legislative Council Staff presentation to CSFP Advisory Committee, State Budget Outlook November 2016

 

Map of Colorado school districts on 4-day weeks. Some districts choose to have a 4-day week, for others it is a financial decision. Colorado has 178 school districts. Source: CDE.

 

DRAFT results for school district elections as of 11/18/2016, UPDATED at 6:00 PM - subject to change as more current information becomes available - unofficial results. Final results December 8, 2016

 

CSFP and Augenblick, Palaich & Associates presentation at Colorado Department of Education's 2016 Equity and Excellence Conference: Defining Equity and Student Need Reflective of Student Demographics.

 

Governor's Budget Request FY2017-18, November 1, 2016

 

CSFP presentation on School Finance - an Introduction and Overview to the 2018 Table; What were the goals of the 1994 School Finance Act?; The Order Revenue is Collected; Evaluating the Success of the 1994 Act; Categoricals; Steps in Changing to a New System; Stay Tuned.

 

October 2016:

On October 27, 2016, the Colorado School Finance Project joined with 14 other organizations and sent the following Open Letter to State Leaders: Governor John Hickenlooper, all state representatives and senators, and the members of the Colorado State Board of Education. A link to the PDF of this letter with the original signers as of October 27,2016 is here.  Individuals and groups can add their names to the open letter here.

 

 

CSFP Presentation Colorado Education Initiative STEM: Colorado's Statistics: Does Money Matter?

 

CSFP Advisory Committee - Western Slope / Grand Junction - presentation

 

Quality Counts 2016 (2012-13 School Year, FY 2013)

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.

Nearby States Spending More Per Pupil than Colorado: Colorado spent $2,681 less than the U.S. Average.

  • Kansas spends $2,298 more than Colorado
  • Montana $4,140 more
  • Nebraska $4,644 more
  • New Mexico $781 more
  • Wyoming $8,270 more

2016 State Profile Data: Our annual profile information depicts changes in K-12 funding and counts (comparing the base year of 1992-93 to 2009-10 to 2013-14 to 2014-15). Data is audited so lags behind current information.

Paying for Educational Excellence

"You don't know where you're going until you know where you've been." We are taking a fresh, detailed look at the equity and adequacy of school support in our state. Four central principles underlie a finance system - adequacy, equity, sustainability and adaptability. Paying for Educational Excellence - Behind the curtain on school finance PDF. Learn more about paying for educational excellence. Learn more about our costing out / equity work.

 

 

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) released their report A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand and Shortages in the U.S. Following is information from the report that is pertinent to Colorado:

    1. Colorado: Understanding Teacher Shortages - Map and overview highlighting key factors that reflect and influence teacher supply and demand.
    2. State indicators influencing Supply and Demand by State (Appendix B)
    3. Distribution of Uncertified and Inexperienced Teachers by State (Appendix C)

    Links to the Learning Policy Institute:

 

CSFP Presentation at CASBO - October 6, 2016

 

As part of CSFP and Augenblick, Palaich & Associates Costing Out / Equity Work we created a draft document that describes the School Finance Act of 1994. The document is a work in progress as we continue our work on the Costing Out / Equity Work. Included in the document:

 

September 2016:

Using National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data, the Colorado School Finance Project created two new charts comparing state per pupil spending between 2002-03 to 2012-13.  NCES data is audited data so lags behind current data.
What we found: (Dollars are adjusted for inflation, constant to 2014-15 dollars.)

The charts:

 

CSFP Presentation Colorado Education Initiative STEM - September 2016

 

September 2016 Colorado Forecasts:

 

2016 District Elections - DRAFT - UPDATED 9/27/2016 - Subject to change as new information becomes available. Prior year election information is here.

 

Colorado School Finance Project presentation to CSFP Advisory Committee: Where did we leave off in May? Supplemental information for the presentation:

Information on the 2016 House, Senate & JBC school finance discussion is available here. Need & Size Factors and Tax Effort & Fiscal Capacity Report for Colorado school districts

Link to Mission Possible Colorado:   www.missionpossibleco.com.


Costing Out / Equity Work - CSFP & Augenblick, Palaich and Associates - Paying for educational excellence: Does Colorado provide schools with the resources to ensure all children receive the quality education they need to grow and succeed in the 21st century? Many Coloradoans agree the answer is "no." This fall, CSFP and APA are in the process of updating our Costing Out work.


Additional information on CSFP and APA's costing out work can be found here, (or click on the tab on the left: CSFP Research and then click on Costing Out Studies.)

 

Colorado Did You Know? School Finance video: link

 

 

August 2016

Colorado School Finance and Education Reform Timeline - from 2016-17 to 1982. Updated as of August 2016, new format.

 

Office of State Auditor: Colorado School District Fiscal Health Information Report Augut 2016: Trends over Fiscal Years 2013, 2014, 2015. Map from report: Districts with 2 or more warning indicators

 

2016 District Elections - DRAFT - UPDATED September/2016 - Subject to change as new iinformation becomes available. Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity Report for Colorado School Districts includes Total Program Mills, Bond Mills, Total Override Mills, and Total Mills. Prior year election information is here.


CSFP Presentation Colorado Education Initiative STEM - August 2016


July 2016

CSFP presentation at CASE Conference 2016: Colorado's State Budget & K-12

 

The Gap in Per Pupil Spending 2012-13 (audited data so lags behind current data) document is here.

  • With the Negative Factor: Colorado spent $ -2,053 less than the U.S. Average, ranking 40th.
  • With No Negative Factor: Colorado would rank 28th, spending $ -816 less than the U.S. Average.

 

2016-17 District Budget Cut Conversations - DRAFT - UPDATED JULY/2016 - Subject to change as new information becomes available. Prior year District Budget Cut Conversations (FY 2009-10 through FY 2015-16, the negative factor years) is here.

 

U.S. Department of Education

 

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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