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Racist Roots of Tax Policy Webinars hosted by The Colorado Fiscal Institute

Tax policy isn’t race neutral. In fact, the history of its development shows us how it has been used explicitly as a tool for discriminating against people of color. Tax policy has been a powerful tool for shaping our country’s political, social, and economic landscape and has contributed to further...

New News is Bad News: Quality Counts report gives Colorado an ‘F’ on School Spending

According to Education Week’s recently published Quality Counts 2020 Colorado's school funding system is, well, failing.  Based on 2017 data, here are Colorado's stats: $3,033 below the national average in per pupil spending (was $2,703 in 2019) 44th in per pupil funding (down from 41st in 2019) 47th in the...

One. More. Week!

With one week to go, there is no shortage of crazy going on at the Capitol. The Governor’s office dropped a new bill on tobacco tax, the School Finance Act is quickly making its way through the Senate and House, and Committees are wrapping up for the year. School Finance...

What do the School Finance Act and $102 million have in common…?

So much happened this week, as we enter into the home stretch of this session. While there is a lot to celebrate in the world of school funding at the legislature, we still have our work cut out for us. Keep reading to learn more… The School Finance Act (SFA)...

This is not a drill!

Before we dive into this week’s legislative update, I want to remind everyone why we do what we do. Read the investigation and full report from The Colorado Sun here. Our students’ mental health is a top concern, and one of the major reasons we MUST continue to fight with...

One month to go!

With one month left in this year’s legislative session, this week was nothing short of eventful: the debrucing bills were up in their first committee hearings, the budget made its way through the House with some education wins, and Great Ed co-sponsored the Public Education Funding Lobby Day with over...

Uniform Mill Levy/Mill Levy Equalization

What You Need to Know What would these bills do? The uniform mill levy bill would require each district to levy a specified number of property tax mills. Each school district would need to do so over a certain amount of time to reach their total program funding. If they...

And the late nights at the Capitol are just beginning…

There's been no shortage of excitement at the Capitol this week, with the budget making its way through the Senate, funding for full-day Kindergarten being introduced, and much much more...there will be plenty of things to talk with legislators about at next week's Public Education Funding Lobby Day! Public Education...

No slowing down now…

It's crunch-time! Everything is ramping up under the Dome as the long-bill is prepared to be finalized, the School Finance Act is being put together, and legislators have only six weeks left to make sure they've made a positive impact for our public schools this session. This update provides a rundown...