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INITIATIVE #271 Factual Summaries by School Districts

See how Initiave 271 will impact funding for each school district.


  • Colorado lawmakers made billions in cuts to finish the budget. Now Gov. Polis may need to make even more.

    The $30.3 billion state budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year left a slim reserve to cushion against economic fluctuations, putting the state on edge

  • 4 Ways Racial Inequity Harms American Schoolchildren

    As NPR's Clare Lombardo reported, EdBuild found that high-poverty districts serving mostly students of color receive about $1,600 less per student than the national average, while districts that are predominately white and poor receive about $130 less.

    What's causing that disparity? A school district's resources often come down to how wealthy an area is and how much residents pay in taxes, explained Rebecca Sibilia, founder and CEO of EdBuild.

  • Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

    A new study out of Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble.

  • Greeley-Evans School District 6 facing ‘significant’ budget cuts for 2020-21 school year

    Greeley-Evans School District 6 officials and school board members knew they’d be looking at a leaner budget when they began work earlier this year on the 2020-21 proposal.

    But the $218 million budget the board approved earlier this week was a version at least one school board officer said was reduced beyond what was expected when the process started in the spring.

  • COLUMN: The educational value of a Black teacher

    When schools come back after the coronavirus, Black teachers are once again more likely to be lost to the budget cuts and health problems following in its wake.

  • Medicaid, Schools, Pregnancy, Opioids: Here’s Where Colorado’s Cuts May Hurt

    Lawmakers have almost finished up work on a drastically slashed budget to keep Colorado’s state finances in the black, but it may be months or even years before the effects truly become apparent.

    “It’s the worst, but also the weirdest,” of the recent recessions, said Paul Teske, dean of the School of Public Affairs at CU Denver. Colorado faces some of the nation’s starkest predicted drops in revenue, though direct comparisons to other states are difficult, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  • Cherry Creek School District prepares for historic budget cuts

    As school districts across Colorado prepare for the worst financial shortfall since the Great Recession, one of the state’s largest districts is facing historic budget cuts.

    The Cherry Creek School District says it is facing a $60 million budget deficit due to cuts in state funding amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • 'A Real Crisis:' Colorado School Districts Tackle Budget Cuts And Lots Of Coronavirus Unknowns

    Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed what he is calling is the most difficult budget in state history because of the impacts of COVID-19.