Colorado’s Commitment: Building a World-Class Education System

What’s Been Happening  2011-2012: The School Finance Partnership, led by 16 statewide organizations, developed consensus recommendations on a 21st Century school finance formula  Oct-Dec 2012: The Children’s Campaign and Sen. Johnston led five, 200-person conventions for all stakeholders to provide technical feedback  Nov-Dec 2012: Sen. Johnston met with more than 2,000 superintendents, teachers, and parents from 125 school districts across the state to gather feedback The Proposal  Reform must be paired with new revenue – we will rewrite the School Finance Act, but it will never go into effect until a statewide ballot initiative brings in new revenue  The new formula would simultaneously work toward Adequacy and Equity Adequacy  Increase funding for every child, ensuring that districts have the funds they need to implement 21st Century programs  Invest in early childhood education (Full-Day Kindergarten and ECE for 4-year-olds) to dramatically increase school readiness  Fully fund every high school student (regardless of their schedule), trusting schools to take advantage of opportunities like online learning, blended learning, or concurrent enrollment  Provide a state mill levy match for districts who want to raise funds but have low property value  Support student populations that need additional, targeted services – Special Education, Gifted & Talented, At-Risk, and English Language Learners  Target funding to struggling schools to provide longer school days and years Equity  Distribute state aid to districts based on their ability to pay  Give school leaders autonomy over some At-Risk and ELL funding  Simultaneously move to multiple count dates and reduce district reporting and audit burdens

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Step 1: Provide base per-pupil funding for Half-Day ECE for 4-year-olds Full-Day Kindergarten Grades 1-12 Online/ASCENT Students

Step 2: Add additional funding for Small Districts At-Risk Students English Language Learners

Step 3: Determine how much local districts are able to raise, and the state backfills the difference

Step 4: The state increases funding for… Special Education Gifted and Talented Education …and keeps the other categoricals

Step 5: The state offers additional supports for Mill Levy Match Innovation State Education Investment

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