House Bill 4-407: Should All Schools in Colorado Receive equal funding based on Population area?

By:Mary Goodwin

House Bill 4-407 pertains school equal school funding, which requires all schools in Colorado to receive equal funds based on an area’s population.

      This bill would require funding to be equal for every school in Colorado based on population, not their property value. The way the schools are being funded now is affecting the children’s education more than people think. Coloradosucceeds.org says that our school funding law hasn’t been updated since 1994. The Amendment 23 was passed in 2000, which was to help school funding increase by mandates that entails school funding growth by 1 percent from 2001-2011. House bill 3-303 would help us update our Colorado funding law. Not only would the students attend school, this would also help their overall education. In section 3, it talks about how this bill will help a child’s environment and our community within Colorado.

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House Committee 4 Photo by: Cenon Caramanzana

Some of the increase in state funding comes from increases in the student population. In 2008-09, an additional 15,804 children are attending Colorado schools than in 2007-08. While an increase in students results in more state dollars to a district, it also brings more costs,” states an article from the Great Education Colorado.

Knowing that our population is growing and more children are attending school, this would cause a need for school funding to increase. That means we need changes. Many people could have problems with this because the funding would start to come from taxpayers money and would lead to tax increase; we could end up raising funding for schools in Colorado.

On average, $9,944 was spent per student across the state, for a total of $8.94 billion. The site shows that Boulder Valley School District, for example, spent $11,999 per student in 2015-2016, while the Greeley 6 School District spent $9,177per student.” Monte Whaley stated. This helps us better understand how much money we are spending on each student in Colorado public education system. “Problems arise when people look at numbers and make assumptions about a district without taking into account “nuances, like the size of the district or the number of students it serves, or the type of students they serve,” said Tracie Rainey, executive director of the Colorado School Finance Project, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that studies and researches school finance.
Additional Sources:

https://www.greateducation.org/statistics-faqs/funding-faqs/public-school-funding/  https://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/13/colorado-schools-districts-money-financial-transparency-website/   

 

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