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.
Colorado ranks 42nd in the country when it comes to spending per student. Patching up the state budget means that spending could decrease further.
- Colorado posts a D in school finance, ranking 37th in the nation.Read more
- The decision has big implications for how lawmakers are allowed to tackle school budgets during a recession.Read more