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School funding and finance
A big shift
November 19, 2014
New members for budget panel, big vacancy on House Education
Two key Democratic members of the House Education Committee, including the chair, have been named to the Joint Budget Committee, opening the way for big changes on the education panel.
Let's be friends
October 23, 2014
Lawmakers hold out olive branch for 2015 finance debate
Two key Democratic lawmakers are reaching out to school superintendents, inviting them to work together on school finance issues. The letter can be seen as a gesture to avoid the acrimony and bruising lobbying that marked the school finance debate during the 2014 session.
September 30, 2014
School finance lawsuit arguments focus on meaning of “base” funding
Plaintiffs in Colorado’s latest school finance lawsuit have fired back at Attorney General John Suthers, arguing that his motion to dismiss their lawsuit is wrong…
Referendum on taxes
September 8, 2014
Districts roll the dice on $1.5 billion in tax increase measures
Will 2014 be the year that voters in Colorado school districts loosen up their wallets and approve more well more than $1 billion in local tax increases for school construction and operations?
August 25, 2014
Auditor’s review highlights financial stress for districts
Tight state funding and enrollment declines in some areas have taken a toll on the financial health of more and more Colorado school districts, according to a new report from the state auditor.
August 22, 2014
War of words ratchets up in casino expansion campaign
The launch of five video ads by supporters of Amendment 68 has kicked off the 10-week media battle over expansion of casino gambling in exchange for providing extra funding to the state’s schools.
Show me the money
August 8, 2014
Districts take wary view of new transparency law
School district lobbyists did their best to kill the idea during the 2014 legislative session, but now that new financial reporting requirements are law, school districts and the Colorado Department of Education are scratching their heads and sorting out how to make them work.
Politics & Policy
July 28, 2014
Casino expansion initiative makes the ballot
Colorado voters will get to decide if they want a full-scale casino in the Denver suburbs – which backers say would raise millions in supplemental funding…
July 25, 2014
District leaders start laying plans for 2015 session
The 2015 legislative session is five months – and one election – in the future, but school district leaders already are strategizing the issues they’re…
Gambling on K-12 funding
July 22, 2014
“Sin taxes” an unsteady revenue source for education
Lower-than-expected marijuana tax collections are just the most recent example of education’s disappointing experience with taxes on things like gambling and drugs to help fund schools.
Here we go again
July 14, 2014
Casino backers say they’ve got the signatures to advance school funding measure
Supporters of a proposed ballot measure to expand casino gambling announced Monday they’ve gathered well more than the required number of signatures to put the plan on the Nov. 4 ballot. A percentage of the projected gaming revenues would go to K-12 education.
June 26, 2014
Lawsuit claims school funding reduction mechanism unconstitutional
A group of school districts and parents plan to file a lawsuit Friday arguing that the negative factor, the device used by the legislature to control annual K-12 spending, is unconstitutional.
Dust settles on the money fight
May 28, 2014
Something for almost everyone in legislative funding decisions
When Colorado lawmakers boast about what they did for education funding in the 2014 session, they aren’t just blowing political hot air. The 2014-15 school finance package, plus spending included in other bills, comes to just over $479 million for K-12 education.
how a bill becomes a law
May 21, 2014
Differences forgotten for now, finance bills become law
It was coincidence, but the student-lettered motto above the stage at Ponderosa Elementary School perfectly summed up the school finance debate that officially ended Wednesday with the signing of two bills.
Last Capitol roundup
May 7, 2014
School funding package wrapped up with a bow on final day
The 2014-15 school finance package finished where it started, in the House, on the final day of the 2014 legislative session Wednesday. Other education loose ends also were wrapped up.
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