Effort to Reform School Finance Moves Into Next Phase
Over the last year and a half, the Children’s Campaign worked in partnership with a group of diverse stakeholders—policymakers, business and education leaders, school reform advocates—to examine how Colorado finances public education and to develop recommendations to overhaul the system to ensure the best education for our children. In August, the School Finance Partnership released its recommendations for a vision—agreed upon by full consensus of the Partnership’s Steering Committee—for a funding system that promotes and drives the best possible outcomes for our schools and our kids. The comprehensive set of recommendations was approved as a package to ensure our education system is equitable, innovative, linked to accountability and sufficiently supported.
The Children’s Campaign remains committed to working with a wide range of experts and partners to put school finance reform into policy. As part of our commitment, the Children’s Campaign, along with School Finance Partnership Steering Committee member Senator Mike Johnston, will now begin to examine more closely the technical elements of moving reform forward. Over the next two months, we will bring in experts from around the country and our state to lead robust conversations about how we can apply the recommendations to creating a new funding formula that supports all public school students in Colorado. The first meeting will be next week, Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the State Capitol in Senate Committee Room 356. We hope you can join us as we lay out the framework for the process moving forward.
Look for ongoing updates in KidsFlash and on the Children’s Campaign’s website in the months ahead. Updating Colorado’s School Finance Act to ensure every child in every community gets the education they need is complex. As we learned over the last year, that work is most powerful when we work together.