This database shows current per-pupil funding for Colorado school districts compared to what they would receive under Senate Bill 13-213. It also shows what districts received in 2009-10, the highest year for K-12 funding before the recession forced budget cuts.
Current statewide per-pupil funding is $6,652 and is projected to rise to $7,426 under SB-213, an 11.6 percent increase. That amount would be 2.5 percent higher than the state average of $7,242 in 2009-10.
This database was updated Oct. 2 to correct formatting problems with the display of percentages.)
Notes about the data
The per-student figures reflect the amounts districts are projected to receive under the formula established by Senate Bill 13-213, including basic state support, local revenue, additional funding for preschool, full-day kindergarten, at-risk students and English language learners. Percentages of at-risk students and English language learners are included because districts above the state averages would receive extra funding for those students.
The figures also include additional SB 13-213 funding of $411 per student for implementation of reform laws and extra funding that was given to certain districts.
Because they are based on current data such as enrollment, actual amounts are expected to be different in 2015-16, when the new formula will go into effect if Amendment 66 passes.
The figures do not include additional revenues that some districts receive from local tax-limit overrides and from the federal government. The figures also don’t include additional SB 13-213 funding that districts might receive, such as additional special education money. Those are dependent on the actual amounts of revenue generated by Amendment 66 in the future.
SB 13-213 also creates a new formula for calculation of what local district shares should be. Several districts are below those levels and would be able to increase their budgets if voters later approve local tax increases. This database does not include what per-pupil spending would be if those districts increased their local revenues.
Information for this database was obtained from the Colorado Department of Education and from legislative staff. Some percentage calculations were made by EdNews.