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Public Education Caucus/Study Group - Shared screen with speaker view
Jonna Levine
19:05
Tammy Story said she’s having trouble - I just resent the new link
Shannon Bird
34:21
Getting money back and allowing our school districts to allocate it in the way that best meets their needs seems preferable to the current trend we have in the legislature that continues to send additional one time dollars in the form of specific purpose grants.
Karla Esser, SBE, CD7
36:29
One time dollars are only helpful for one-time problems.
Tammy Story
41:49
A loss of 10% of anyone’s budget yearly is so significant. It’s absolutely appalling what we have done to education funding in CO!
Shannon Bird
44:00
Grants go to districts that have resources to employ grant writers, which results in an inequitable distribution of state funds. Grants don’t seem like the best way to get funding to our schools in the fairest, most equitable way.
CASE EVENTS
46:13
You will often hear rural school districts ask to have money distributed through formulas instead of grants. Frank explained why. When grants become competitive, schools with resource often win more resources.
Tammy Story
50:20
Still celebrating some of those mill levy elections from years ago!!
Jonna Levine
50:24
It took me months to sober up after passing 2012 MLO in Jeffco
Tammy Story
50:39
Exactly, JONNA!
Nora B CO PTA
51:34
In Colo Spgs D11 it took us 17 years and two failed attempts to finally get a MLO passed.
Jonna Levine
52:04
Thanks to CSFP for these numbers: BS Factor after SB21-053 Jeffco Lost Rev 2009-2020 $863,547,390 The BS Factor after supplemental for 2020/21 $95,055,320.
Jonna Levine
52:35
The Jeffco School Board is having budget discussions on how to make $54M budget reductions.
Leslie Colwell
53:51
We should absolutely celebrate when communities are willing to support their schools with overrides. At the same time, as our state K-12 funding situation hasn't improved and districts have become more reliant on overrides to offset cuts, Bret's point about the haves and have nots is so important. What about the kids in the 50+ districts that have no MLO dollars?
Tracie Rainey
55:26
Most grants are for great purposes, unfortunately only a few students benefit
Jonna Levine
55:32
Another problem with Grants - the general community member does not understand the one time Dollar piece of it so the district is faced with trying to explain to the community why those services/programs are not longer available
Nora B CO PTA
55:38
Same problem with MLOs as grants - you need capacity to run an MLO campaign
Tammy Story
55:41
Grants are the bandaids we have turned to, when really a tourniquet is needed.
Jonna Levine
58:41
What happens when the ESSER grant $’s are gone?
Tammy Story
01:01:01
The TIF grant
Frank Reeves
01:01:26
Jonna,
Frank Reeves
01:01:58
We will have to make choices…probably based on increasing pay for staff or keeping those positions.
Nora B CO PTA
01:06:00
Last November got D11 voters to De-Tabor, but prior were constrained from applying for grants that put them over revenue limit. Three districts still not De-Tabored. I know - small percentage, but they still count.
Tracie Rainey
01:06:40
There are 64 districts that have no MLO's
Tammy Story
01:07:34
Go Jonna - lead a very successful mill/bond campaign in Jeffco - “warm, safe and dry”
lisa weil
01:07:56
The other difference is in assessed values in districts. One mill raises $6,000 in Edison. One mill raises $21 million in Denver.
Tracie Rainey
01:08:18
Assessed values vary dramatically - a district has no control over their economy or their residential and non-residential tax base.
Tracie Rainey
01:10:31
Most states power equalize mills to compensate for the variance
Jonna Levine
01:12:05
Huge thanks to Dr. Stevenson, Frank Reeves and Bret Miles for being here today! Thank you!
Leslie Colwell
01:12:30
Yes thanks all. I learn a lot on these calls!
Rep. Marc Snyder
01:13:07
Gotta jump to another call. Thanks for letting me listen in!
Nora B CO PTA
01:13:08
Thank you, everyone, for joining this important conversation.
Mackenzie Owens, Policy Intern for Rep. Jennifer Bacon
01:13:09
I appreciate being able to sit in! Thank you!
Jonna Levine
01:14:01
SJK!
Frank Reeves
01:14:33
Thanks to everybody for listening. Hopeful that we can move forward in supporting all of our Colorado students.
CASE EVENTS
01:15:00
And in closing, despite all of the obstacles to overcome and resources needed, educators in Colorado perform just short of miracles every day!!!