VISIONOur 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.
•To communicate current facts about education funding in Colorado
•To promote informed decision-making on both state and local school finance issues
•To provide opportunities for participation in education funding decisions that impact the school communities of the St. Vrain Valley
We are grateful for the partnerships in the St. Vrain Valley communities that we have had the pleasure of developing over the years. We would like to extend our thanks to our Superintendent Don Haddad and the SVVSD Administration for your collaboration, partnership and encouragement; to our locally elected officials, the St Vrain Valley Education Association, and the St. Vrain Valley Board of Education for their support on campaigns; to our elected State Senators and Representatives for answering our questions and their time spent with us at coffee houses and the Capitol; and to our SVVSD Principals and Parent Organizations for welcoming us to meetings. We have learned so much from all of you and we are grateful for your support.
Category Archives: Colorado State Budget
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
Happy last day of school! It has been a busy spring and it is time for a quick update on potential education funding decisions coming in the fall so you are able to share your knowledge with your community and … Continue reading
In a post on March 9, GSV shared information about three versions of a ballot measure that were filed with the State of Colorado and would allow the investment of current tax dollars in Colorado priorities including education, transportation, mental health services, … Continue reading
In the state of Colorado, there are two ways to get something on the ballot for voters. First, the State Legislature can refer a measure to the ballot with a vote by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. … Continue reading
Governor Hickenlooper’s proposed 2016-2017 state budget, released in November 2015, includes $289 million in rebates to taxpayers required by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) while at the same time showing a $373 million general fund budget shortfall. GSV leaders … Continue reading
State Budget Process In early November each year, the Governor of Colorado releases a budget proposal for the following fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). After much back and forth during the legislative session, January to May, the Colorado … Continue reading
The hottest topic of the 2015 Legislative Session was undeniably testing. Passions were high on both sides of the issue and Legislators took until the final hours of the session to pass a compromise testing bill. The biggest changes are … Continue reading
Dwyer vs. State is the latest lawsuit pending against the State of Colorado concerning education funding. The suit, filed by several school districts and parents of school-aged children, claims that the State of Colorado is not following Amendment 23, which … Continue reading
The TABOR refund limits, set by the Referendum C cap, are about to be reached this year for the first time in a decade. Depending on how this plays out, $30-$100 will be refunded to each taxpayer in our state. … Continue reading