The Colorado Title Board has approved 21 ballot measures designed to provide funding for Senate Bill 13-213, which would update Colorado's school financing formula for the first time in almost 20 years. If the bill passes, voters must approve one of these ballot measures to provide funding for it.
It still feels like summer, but most of Colorado's kids are already back at school. General Fund is back at school, too, and working harder than ever just to make the grade.
In previous emails we talked about how General Fund is struggling to keep his obligations to college students, Medicaid patients and other Coloradans while revenues are slipping. And we've discussed how he may have to take on more responsibility for roads and bridges.
The Bell Policy Center applauds the decision on mill levy stabilization by the Colorado Supreme Court, and it offers congratulations to Gov. Bill Ritter and the General Assembly for initiating this important step to ensure a more reasonable, rational fiscal policy for Colorado.
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.