Amendment 66 Would Ensure Every Child Counts, Every Day
Each year on Oct. 1, school administrators in Colorado count the number of students in attendance and that count determines the school’s funding for the rest of the year. “Count Day” is a high-stakes day that determines how much money per student schools get from the state for the school year.
One of the significant school finance reforms that Amendment 66 would enact would be to move from the antiquated single-day count to an Average Daily Membership system. If the ballot measure passes, every child will count on every day. Schools would have the financial incentive to keep—and attract—kids throughout the school year. High-growth schools would no longer be hamstrung by short budgets at the end of the year.
This significant reform is just one of the many improvements that our school finance system would see in order to ensure more one-on-one attention, smaller class sizes and greater accountability in schools.