Because of the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights and state law, school districts must levy wildly different tax rates.
Field Elementary was struggling, so officials decided to do something different. They gave the school extra money. It was called the "Field Initiative."
The more students living in poverty, the more it costs to educate them. But how well does the state’s funding system recognize this?
Many school districts don’t know how they’ll balance teaching and non-teaching payroll obligations in this new bottom-line reality.
A record-setting number of school measures are on the ballot asking local voters for a total of more than $4.4 billion dollars.
Caliche Junior-Senior High, in the RE-1 Valley School District, is smack in the middle of grain fields, 15 miles from the Nebraska border.
RE-1 Valley School District Superintendent Jan DeLay is on a mission to educate average citizens on the fiscal challenges rural districts like hers face.
- The Aspen School District receives $1,000 per student in Title 1 money, while La Veta students only see about half that amount.Read more
- Some Colorado school districts -- many on the Eastern Plains -- spend upward of $20,000 per pupil. Others, mainly in the suburban Front Range, shell out less than $10,000 per year.Read more
Colorado ranked fourth from the bottom for its effort on funding relative to the state’s economy in a report from the Education Law Center.