2016 had a record number of local school funding measures on the ballot. We are fortunate that 3A, the bond supporting school buildings, passed in the St. Vrain Valley, but many Colorado school districts, including our neighbors to the north, did not receive the same voter support. Funding inequities between school districts will continue to grow, and this is exactly why we keep an eye on what is happening to education funding at the state level–where this issue must ultimately be addressed.
Looking ahead, Governor Hickenlooper has proposed his Colorado state budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Due to expected revenues not keeping pace with spending requirements, he is proposing funding cuts not only to higher education and roads, but to K-12 education as well. The Negative Factor under his proposal will increase by $46 million. See our separate post for an explanation of what this means for school funding.
Great Education Colorado is a statewide organization that, like Grassroots St. Vrain, educates and advocates for funding in our public schools. GSV has partnered with Great Education since 2010 and encourages you to sign up to receive their communications on statewide actions impacting education funding.