Colorado's largest teacher's union says recent demonstrations have increased interest in their regular lobbying at the Capitol.
They say the way the state funds its public schools is outdated and needs a major overhaul, and more than 90 percent of them support a new way forward.
The school district’s per pupil funding, at $7,500, is among the state’s lowest, ranked 171 of 178 districts. The average age of a school is 44 years.
Many districts don't have classes on Mondays or Fridays in an attempt to save money.
In light of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, the U.S. Supreme Court has sent DougCo voucher cases back to Colorado for another look.
At Sheridan’s Fort Logan Northgate, half of the students are learning English as a second language; 90 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and 13 percent have “special education” status.
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.