$1.6 billion seems like a lot of money. Why do we need so much?

A:

It's important to remember that:

  • Colorado has 900,000 students. 
  • It takes over $830 million to just return our per pupil spending to levels that existed in 2010.
  • The $1.6 billion amount does not even return us to the national average.

Colorado school funding has dropped precipitously and due to this funding crisis, Colorado schools are experiencing teacher shortages, aging buildings, limited funding to operate programs, outdated curriculum, and cut backs on bus routes. Each school district has had to make its own adjustments to account for the revenue lost through the Negative Factor reductions since 2010.

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