Articles By Erica Breunlin
Colorado wants to steer more students toward college by driving down higher education costs beyond tuition
Close to half of Colorado’s adult population hasn’t pursued education beyond high school at a time when the majority of jobs demand certificates or degrees
Colorado districts aren’t getting enough state money to maintain schools and attract teachers. So they’re turning to local taxpayers.
Voters approved requests to fund critical school infrastructure projects and teacher raises in six districts, but rejected them in others. Local dollars are becoming more crucial to fill gaps left by the state.
Colorado’s School Safety Committee pushed forward legislation that could better address students’ behavioral health needs. Lawmakers left guns out of the conversation largely for the sake of bipartisanship.
Lawmakers are finally setting out to retool Colorado’s school funding formula. They’ll have to reach a consensus on these questions first.
Three key factors influence how much money Colorado’s 178 districts receive per pupil. A committee that’s been stalled for two years may have moved the needle with ways to rebalance funding.