Gov. Polis’s proposed state budget includes historic investments in K-12 public education

Written by: Megan Ives
Date Posted: December 9, 2022

Strong, meaningful investments in K-12 public education are critical to ensuring young people in Colorado have the opportunities they need to thrive academically and beyond. The Children’s Campaign is pleased to see that Gov. Polis’s budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year includes meaningful investments in our state’s public education system. These include the following:  

Gov. Polis proposed the highest level of K-12 public school funding in Colorado’s history, increasing the state per pupil funding by 9%, to $861 for each student. We are excited to see K-12 education prioritized in this way and will continue to advocate for much needed updates to our school finance formula that ensure these dollars focus on the success of students who are currently furthest from opportunity. The governor’s budget also includes several requests related to school safety, including the creation of a new Office of School Safety. We will continue to evaluate these requests and connect with our partners to ensure we are advocating for what is best for students.  

Stay tuned to KidsFlash for a more in-depth analysis of how the governor’s budget and legislature’s actions will impact Colorado kids and families. You can find information about the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and an explanation of Colorado’s annual state budget process here. 


Megan Ives

About Megan Ives

Megan works as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports policy analysis, coalition development, community engagement, and advocacy to advance the Children’s Campaign’s youth success and family economic prosperity agendas. Prior, Megan worked in a multitude of organizing, legislative, and research roles centered around advancing justice through systems-change. These roles include experience in immigrant rights, youth education, affordable housing, civil rights protections, and criminal justice. She served as an Americorps member at Skinner Middle School in Denver, and also as the Legislative Aide to Rep. Leslie Herod in 2020. Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she also captained the women’s ultimate frisbee team.