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April 18, 2019
Colorado School Finance Act advances amid questions about rural funding
A $7.4 billion bill to fund Colorado’s K-12 schools took its first step Thursday with unanimous approval from the Senate Education committee, despite differences on…
November 1, 2018
Proposed Colorado budget invests in attracting teachers and expanding college and work opportunities
The next governor will make his own budget recommendations, but this document represents a start.
What 'underfunded' means
April 26, 2018
What you need to know to follow the money debate behind the teacher walkouts
What do people mean when they say Colorado schools are underfunded?
April 17, 2018
Colorado teachers plan more walkouts, and Jeffco canceled classes one day next week
The announcements come after hundreds of teachers marched at the Capitol Monday to protect their retirement benefits and call for more school funding.
April 16, 2018
With school finance act, Colorado lawmakers try to pass the hot potato of teacher pay to local districts
The school finance act puts more money into K-12 education than Colorado has spent at any point since the Great Recession.
Race to the Bottom
April 5, 2018
Colorado teachers can claim an unwelcome distinction: most underpaid in the nation (or close to it)
Teachers and policy makers have started to make connections between low pay here and labor unrest elsewhere.
March 23, 2018
Colorado schools are getting a major bump in the state’s 2018-19 budget
“We believe this is the most significant reduction in what used to be called the negative factor since it was born."
In the money
March 23, 2018
Here’s how Colorado schools would spend an extra $100 million (or more) from the state
Legislators on the Joint Budget Committee unanimously decided this week to set aside $100 million to “buy down” the budget stabilization factor.
March 7, 2018
Why Colorado lawmakers are fighting over a ‘rounding error’ in school funding
Republicans and Democrats can't agree on what to do with the extra money that comes from having fewer students.
January 30, 2018
Higher property values mean Colorado is getting a refund on K-12 education
Colorado is getting back $104 million that the state planned to spend on schools because local property taxes generated a lot more money than anyone anticipated.
November 12, 2014
Denver court rejects state’s request to toss negative factor lawsuit
Attorney General John Suthers formally asked for dismissal of the lawsuit in August. In his request, he claimed, in part, the plaintiffs didn't have standing. Denver District Court Judge Herbert Stern disagreed.
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