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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.

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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Your Chance to Weigh In on Legislation

Currently in our country, citizens are increasingly paying attention to our political landscape.  As policy changes loom, many are asking how their voice or opinion can be heard.  That opportunity exists in Colorado on new bills that are introduced in our … Continue reading

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Funding Charter Schools: Change Ahead?

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 … Continue reading

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The next wave to rock the school funding boat: the Gallagher Amendment

Last month the Denver Post reported that our residential property tax rate will go down next year.  This sounds like good news for homeowners, but it will come at a cost to our schools and state budget. Colorado’s Department of Local … Continue reading

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Governor Proposes Cuts to K-12 Funding

  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 … Continue reading

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Do you have a new state senator or representative?

Grassroots St. Vrain will be meeting with the new and returning legislators in the coming weeks, and will be watching education funding related issues as they come up in the Legislature.  Decisions made at the state level impact students in … Continue reading

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