Category Archives: School Finance

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

Posted in 2018 Amendment 73, School Finance

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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Posted in 2012 Mill Levy Override, School Finance

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

Posted in Legislative Outreach, School Finance

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

Posted in 2012 Mill Levy Override, School Finance

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

Posted in School Finance

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

Posted in School Finance

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

Posted in School Finance

How Governor’s Negative Factor Increase Hurts School Funding

Each year, on November 1, the Governor of Colorado releases a budget proposal for the following fiscal year which starts on July 1. This proposed budget is considered by the Joint Budget Committee and may become part of the final … Continue reading

Posted in School Finance

NPR’s School Money Series

Over the past three weeks, NPR has aired a series called “School Money, the Cost of Opportunity“. According to NPR, the School Money project is a “nationwide collaboration between NPR’s Ed Team and 20 member station reporters exploring how states … Continue reading

Posted in School Finance