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: School Finance
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
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 […]
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
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
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
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
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
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