This issue brief examines whether the "65 Percent Solution" for school funding is supported by evidence from research, and the implications of the definitions the policy contains for school services and student achievement.
In November, Colorado voters will be asked to impose a 65 percent spending framework on school districts in either of two ballot questions: Amendment 39 and Referendum J. The competing proposals would require school districts to spend at least 65 percent of their operating funds on classroom instruction or student achievement. The idea sounds sensible, but it doesn???t deliver.