Author Archives: Grassroots St. Vrain

About Grassroots St. Vrain

GSV is an independent, non profit organization whose vision is a St. Vrain Valley community that is informed about education funding in Colorado and empowered to take action for the benefit of our schools.

Amendment 73-What it means for our schools, and for taxpayers

It is a crowded ballot for Coloradans this November, but only one Amendment directly changes how our public schools are funded and addresses years of funding shortfalls.  Amendment 73, if passed next month by Colorado voters, seeks to provide “better … Continue reading

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GSV Community Meeting

Where does the money for our public schools come from? How does the Colorado State Budget impact school funding? Who determines how much money our public schools receive? What is a mill levy override? What is a bond? Why has … Continue reading

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Amendment 73 Resolutions

On September 12, the St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education passed a resolution in support of Amendment 73, a measure that would increase Colorado’s investment in public education statewide. On the same night, Grassroots St. Vrain also presented … Continue reading

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GSV celebrates 10 years!

Welcome back to a new school year!  GSV is celebrating ten years of sharing facts on news and issues that impact school funding in the St. Vrain Valley School District. We look forward to continuing our mission, and invite you to read about … Continue reading

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2018 Colorado Legislative Session

Colorado is in unfamiliar territory this year.  State revenues are projected to be higher than expected, due to economic growth and the recently enacted federal tax legislation.   Now, our legislators must decide where to allocate the extra funds.  The big … Continue reading

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A Proposed Solution for CO’s School Funding Issues

In our last post, “Why Are Schools Always Asking for More Money?“, we highlighted the reasons why school funding in Colorado has fallen behind most other states.  Today we are sharing a possible solution proposed by a statewide grassroots effort, … Continue reading

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“Why Are Schools Always Asking for More Money?”

Almost every November, there is an education funding initiative on the ballot in Colorado.  Some are statewide initiatives, and many more are local school districts’ attempts to increase funding locally through property taxes, called mill levy overrides. So why are … Continue reading

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Gallagher Amendment requires property tax reduction

Earlier this year we shared the news that Colorado’s residential property tax assessment rate was going to drop.  This sounds like good news for homeowners, but it may come at a cost to our schools and state budget. Since 2003 … Continue reading

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Funding Charter Schools: New Rules

Charter schools, like all public schools in Colorado, are funded by the School Finance Act based on their October student count.   Our state does not currently require that school districts share any proceeds of additional local tax initiatives, or mill levy overrides, with their charter schools.  Practices vary across the state, but currently eleven school […]

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What Is The Negative Factor? (aka the Budget Stabilization Factor)

As legislators work on the state budget, a term we always hear when they are determining school funding is the “Negative Factor.”  It is a provision in state law that reduces the amount of total program funding and state aid provided to K-12 … Continue reading

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