Per Pupil Funding Facts

Now let’s talk about per pupil funding.

CDE puts the numbers all online for us to make things easy and transparent.  But it doesn’t stop the rumors. “Live within your means” rhetoric still exists. The fact that my education was funded at a higher rate more than 25 years ago than what we are currently funding for kids today is a bit crazy when you think about it. Education belongs to all of us and benefits all of us.

https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/publicschoolfinanceactof1994-fy2015-16

Following is the info provided by CDE and sorted so you can see which districts receive the smallest PPF down to the largest PPF due to the negative factor and how we deal with balancing the budget in Colorado. Funding is distributed based on the count of students who weren’t sick or absent on count day. One example of how an absence can greatly impact a school and district.

 

District Total Program   Funding After Rescission District Total   Pupil Count FINAL Adjusted   District In-School Per Pupil Funding FINAL District   On-Line & ASCENT Per Pupil Funding
WIDEFIELD 61,150,193.65 8,813.7 6,938.23 6,688.56
FOUNTAIN 52,696,519.85 7,595.1 6,938.23 6,688.56
CHEYENNE   MOUNTAIN 33,709,370.74 4,858.5 6,938.23 6,688.56
ACADEMY 164,287,269.56 23,701.6 6,938.23 6,688.56
LEWIS-PALMER 41,226,938.55 5,942.0 6,938.23 6,688.56
CANON CITY 25,867,787.78 3,728.3 6,938.23 6,688.56
POUDRE 193,589,759.00 27,909.0 6,938.23 6,688.56
THOMPSON 104,519,685.32 15,064.9 6,938.23 6,688.56
MESA VALLEY 145,738,849.83 21,005.6 6,938.23 6,688.56
MOFFAT 14,516,600.48 2,092.3 6,938.23 6,688.56
PUEBLO RURAL 63,533,169.41 9,157.3 6,938.23 6,688.56
WINDSOR 36,301,491.94 5,232.1 6,938.23 6,688.56
JOHNSTOWN 24,896,436.14 3,588.3 6,938.23 6,688.56
MONTEZUMA 18,739,315.68 2,690.8 6,964.52 6,688.56
WOODLAND PARK 17,056,940.74 2,434.9 7,005.71 6,688.56
ALAMOSA 15,861,361.83 2,263.6 7,007.14 6,688.56
EATON 13,338,061.79 1,897.9 7,027.80 6,688.56
VALLEY 15,148,355.42 2,153.0 7,035.93 6,688.56
BRIGHTON 115,305,128.25 16,384.4 7,037.53 6,688.56
LITTLETON 104,061,935.64 14,785.0 7,038.34 6,688.56
DELTA 34,221,095.03 4,847.6 7,059.62 6,688.56
DOUGLAS 445,151,333.97 63,158.5 7,061.38 6,688.56
GARFIELD   COUNTY 33,226,946.69 4,699.7 7,070.01 6,688.56
FALCON 152,345,170.42 21,839.3 7,108.44 6,688.56
JEFFERSON 580,024,928.93 81,422.2 7,125.67 6,688.56
ST VRAIN 209,766,842.55 29,373.5 7,141.37 6,688.56
FIVE STAR 267,420,363.20 37,428.3 7,144.87 6,688.56
FLORENCE 10,373,498.99 1,450.5 7,151.67 6,688.56
ELIZABETH 17,339,574.16 2,415.1 7,180.06 6,688.56
DURANGO 31,681,849.72 4,411.7 7,182.61 6,688.56
GREELEY 151,138,587.67 21,014.1 7,194.84 6,688.56
SALIDA 8,171,312.69 1,134.0 7,205.74 6,688.56
COLORADO   SPRINGS 196,646,037.34 27,254.0 7,220.18 6,688.56
MONTROSE 42,259,156.14 5,849.3 7,224.65 6,688.56
BOULDER 214,817,547.06 29,702.3 7,233.98 6,688.56
CHERRY CREEK 374,619,006.72 51,581.7 7,262.74 6,688.56
NORTH CONEJOS 7,293,813.95 1,004.0 7,264.75 6,688.56
GUNNISON 13,635,479.15 1,875.5 7,270.32 6,688.56
PUEBLO CITY 123,435,064.76 16,975.4 7,271.48 6,688.56
GILCREST 13,583,608.47 1,864.3 7,286.17 6,688.56
STEAMBOAT   SPRINGS 18,064,846.72 2,470.5 7,312.22 6,688.56
LAMAR 11,198,011.60 1,526.1 7,340.65 6,688.56
FT MORGAN 21,836,364.29 2,973.7 7,343.16 6,688.56
EAST GRAND 9,065,905.24 1,227.2 7,387.47 6,688.56
MANITOU   SPRINGS 10,637,801.87 1,438.6 7,394.55 6,688.56
HARRISON 84,815,129.41 11,466.9 7,396.52 6,688.56
BRUSH 10,780,340.84 1,449.1 7,439.34 6,688.56
ARCHULETA 10,216,201.98 1,369.9 7,457.63 6,688.56
BURLINGTON 5,336,881.80 714.9 7,465.22 6,688.56
BUENA VISTA 6,899,465.54 918.7 7,510.03 6,688.56
ENGLEWOOD 20,452,932.63 2,720.5 7,518.38 6,688.56
FORT LUPTON 16,775,482.24 2,229.2 7,525.34 6,688.56
ROARING FORK 41,117,172.55 5,460.9 7,529.38 6,688.56
STRASBURG 7,313,330.31 971.3 7,531.16 6,688.56
BAYFIELD 9,754,754.97 1,293.3 7,544.19 6,688.56
MAPLETON 60,322,064.16 8,262.3 7,547.17 6,688.56
MONTE VISTA 8,347,729.79 1,115.7 7,557.18 6,688.56
WESTMINSTER 70,947,262.14 9,378.0 7,565.47 6,688.56
BENNETT 7,756,089.00 1,024.1 7,573.57 6,688.56
MEEKER 4,889,288.94 645.3 7,576.77 6,688.56
EAGLE 49,316,449.44 6,501.9 7,586.87 6,688.56
SUMMIT 25,014,717.99 3,294.9 7,591.96 6,688.56
AURORA 298,985,163.59 39,387.4 7,594.19 6,688.56
DENVER 651,323,954.78 85,584.6 7,613.55 6,688.56
ESTES PRK 8,191,664.61 1,068.1 7,669.38 6,688.56
AULT-HGHLND 6,297,061.36 820.7 7,672.79 6,688.56
COMMERCE CITY 55,187,561.90 7,185.3 7,681.03 6,688.56
TRINIDAD 8,834,112.01 1,149.2 7,688.05 6,688.56
EAST OTERO 10,098,760.76 1,311.5 7,700.16 6,688.56
HOLYOKE 4,573,782.04 593.8 7,702.57 6,688.56
RANGELY 3,822,991.41 494.8 7,726.34 6,688.56
LAKE 7,918,283.97 1,023.4 7,740.32 6,688.56
PLATTE CANYON 7,581,207.52 979.2 7,744.40 6,688.56
DOLORES 5,576,339.09 720.0 7,750.81 6,688.56
GARFIELD   COUNTY 16 8,210,841.70 1,057.1 7,767.33 6,688.56
KEENESBURG 17,356,660.67 2,228.8 7,787.45 6,688.56
WRAY 5,141,360.58 658.3 7,810.06 6,688.56
ELLICOTT 7,745,022.99 989.5 7,829.51 6,688.56
LAS ANIMAS 3,929,507.84 499.6 7,865.31 6,688.56
LIMON 3,899,651.23 493.8 7,897.22 6,688.56
SARGENT 3,479,954.26 440.2 7,913.74 6,688.56
DEL NORTE 3,753,273.37 470.0 7,995.42 6,688.56
PEYTON 5,129,924.09 639.1 8,026.79 6,688.56
HUERFANO 4,106,279.29 511.4 8,029.49 6,688.56
IGNACIO 6,635,928.68 824.1 8,052.33 6,688.56
ROCKY FORD 6,449,024.83 798.1 8,080.47 6,688.56
CROWLEY 3,733,486.06 462.0 8,081.13 6,688.56
JULESBURG 4,575,653.70 631.6 8,084.27 6,688.56
PLATEAU 3,626,945.94 448.2 8,092.25 6,688.56
YUMA 6,310,028.72 776.1 8,130.43 6,688.56
MANCOS 3,724,717.00 455.2 8,189.19 6,688.56
PARK 4,700,401.87 569.1 8,259.36 6,688.56
CENTER 5,391,827.35 650.6 8,289.93 6,688.56
CALHAN 3,821,829.31 461.0 8,290.30 6,688.56
PLATTE VLY 9,512,511.10 1,129.4 8,422.62 6,688.56
BRANSON 3,066,613.53 443.9 8,433.85 6,688.56
SHERIDAN 12,101,094.30 1,429.6 8,465.91 6,688.56
CLEAR CREEK 7,289,822.51 852.1 8,555.13 6,688.56
FOWLER 3,447,660.85 402.2 8,572.00 6,688.56
WEST GRAND 3,859,968.49 441.8 8,736.91 6,688.56
SANFORD 3,224,850.42 369.0 8,739.43 6,688.56
SWINK 3,283,406.21 368.4 8,912.61 6,688.56
WESTCLIFFE 3,355,660.33 376.4 8,915.14 6,688.56
HOEHNE 3,183,208.59 356.9 8,919.05 6,688.56
GILPIN 3,688,702.61 409.2 9,014.43 6,688.56
BYERS 20,196,439.96 2,859.1 9,021.03 6,688.56
HAXTUN 2,725,139.85 300.0 9,083.80 6,688.56
WIGGINS 4,840,658.42 531.2 9,112.69 6,688.56
AKRON 3,149,090.16 338.1 9,314.08 6,688.56
ASPEN 15,722,419.22 1,667.4 9,429.31 6,688.56
BUFFALO 2,950,834.79 312.7 9,436.63 6,688.56
SANGRE   DECRISTO 2,907,520.82 307.3 9,461.51 6,688.56
HOLLY 2,608,151.92 275.1 9,480.74 6,688.56
CRIPPLE CREEK 3,242,988.82 341.9 9,485.20 6,688.56
HAYDEN 3,545,259.11 372.1 9,527.71 6,688.56
SOUTH ROUTT 3,508,782.25 360.6 9,730.40 6,688.56
TELLURIDE 8,717,319.37 895.6 9,733.49 6,688.56
SPRINGFIELD 2,645,164.62 267.9 9,873.70 6,688.56
SIERRA GRANDE 2,924,580.29 295.4 9,900.41 6,688.56
MCCLAVE 2,495,350.40 252.0 9,902.19 6,688.56
KIOWA 3,073,930.53 306.6 10,025.87 6,688.56
RIDGWAY 3,384,693.93 334.4 10,121.69 6,688.56
BIG SANDY 2,936,197.49 287.2 10,223.53 6,688.56
WILEY 2,487,996.45 242.4 10,293.75 6,688.56
MIAMI-YODER 2,833,637.94 268.5 10,553.59 6,688.56
DOLORES 2,753,828.16 260.8 10,559.15 6,688.56
LA VETA 2,352,542.00 213.6 11,013.77 6,688.56
NORWOOD 2,875,215.29 258.5 11,122.69 6,688.56
CENTENNIAL 2,537,047.33 227.5 11,151.86 6,688.56
OTIS 2,493,306.88 221.2 11,271.73 6,688.56
GRANADA 2,269,049.54 202.4 11,278.75 6,688.56
HANOVER 2,749,455.09 241.2 11,399.07 6,688.56
WELDON 2,534,208.33 219.6 11,540.11 6,688.56
COTOPAXI 2,341,503.73 202.7 11,551.57 6,688.56
CHERAW 2,349,140.80 203.0 11,572.12 6,688.56
STRATTON 2,097,777.19 180.8 11,602.75 6,688.56
WEST END 3,112,103.20 263.5 11,810.64 6,688.56
SOUTH CONEJOS 2,556,084.01 215.3 11,872.19 6,688.56
FRENCHMAN 2,227,002.82 187.2 11,896.39 6,688.56
PRIMERO 2,218,328.46 188.8 11,915.74 6,688.56
EADS 1,909,094.30 159.6 11,961.74 6,688.56
ARRIBA/FLAGLER 1,989,891.55 165.6 12,016.26 6,688.56
ELBERT 2,466,701.75 205.1 12,026.82 6,688.56
IDALIA 2,311,619.89 191.8 12,052.25 6,688.56
PLATEAU 2,089,999.42 172.2 12,137.04 6,688.56
EDISON 2,275,606.77 189.4 12,327.43 6,688.56
CHEYENNE R-5 2,135,783.52 172.8 12,359.85 6,688.56
NORTH PARK 2,270,315.45 180.8 12,557.05 6,688.56
WALSH 1,855,655.38 147.0 12,623.50 6,688.56
KIT CARSON 1,603,837.22 123.8 12,955.06 6,688.56
HI PLAINS 1,442,364.70 111.3 12,959.25 6,688.56
DEBEQUE 1,825,507.99 140.0 13,039.34 6,688.56
PLATTE VLY 1,783,810.26 136.6 13,058.64 6,688.56
BETHUNE 1,557,025.35 117.3 13,273.87 6,688.56
PRAIRIE 2,543,174.66 191.4 13,287.22 6,688.56
MOFFAT 2,601,397.31 195.5 13,306.38 6,688.56
DEER TRAIL 2,216,491.58 166.5 13,312.26 6,688.56
BRIGGSDALE 2,181,251.65 163.1 13,373.71 6,688.56
MTN VALLEY 1,686,633.09 126.0 13,385.98 6,688.56
MANZANOLA 1,840,103.38 136.1 13,520.23 6,688.56
AGUILAR 1,528,603.28 111.9 13,660.44 6,688.56
ARICKAREE 1,432,784.76 104.7 13,684.67 6,688.56
OURAY 2,402,599.62 175.3 13,705.64 6,688.56
KIM 689,562.64 50.0 13,791.25 6,688.56
PLAINVIEW 926,437.90 66.8 13,868.83 6,688.56
LONE STAR 1,496,392.37 107.1 13,971.91 6,688.56
GENOA-HUGO 2,222,231.15 157.5 14,109.40 6,688.56
WOODLIN 1,336,978.43 94.0 14,223.18 6,688.56
CAMPO 727,687.43 50.0 14,553.75 6,688.56
CREEDE 1,216,985.07 83.2 14,627.23 6,688.56
PRITCHETT 732,450.91 50.0 14,649.02 6,688.56
KARVAL 732,557.27 50.0 14,651.14 6,688.56
VILAS 786,961.60 63.2 14,658.90 6,688.56
PAWNEE 1,220,662.02 83.0 14,706.77 6,688.56
HINSDALE 1,424,992.75 95.9 14,859.16 6,688.56
LIBERTY 1,040,681.79 69.0 15,082.35 6,688.56
AGATE 772,801.17 50.0 15,456.03 6,688.56
SILVERTON 1,049,330.12 67.3 15,591.83 6,688.56
CHARTER   SCHOOL INSTITUTE 103,187,404.82 14,412.2 N/A N/A
TOTAL RESCISSION 6,235,558,433.56 853,247.6

 

Now let’s just take a look at districts with more than 20,000 students. Certainly, we benefit from economies of scale. This is still a large difference per student, especially when considering our growing FRL population and the educational demands for appropriately serving these students as well as the inequities that are created when mill levies and bonds do not pass.

District Total Program   Funding After Rescission District Total   Pupil Count FINAL Adjusted   District In-School Per Pupil Funding
POUDRE 193,589,759.00 27,909.0 6,938.23
ACADEMY 164,287,269.56 23,701.6 6,938.23
MESA VALLEY 145,738,849.83 21,005.6 6,938.23
DOUGLAS 445,151,333.97 63,158.5 7,061.38
FALCON 152,345,170.42 21,839.3 7,108.44
JEFFERSON 580,024,928.93 81,422.2 7,125.67
ST VRAIN 209,766,842.55 29,373.5 7,141.37
FIVE STAR 267,420,363.20 37,428.3 7,144.87
GREELEY 151,138,587.67 21,014.1 7,194.84
COLORADO   SPRINGS 196,646,037.34 27,254.0 7,220.18
BOULDER 214,817,547.06 29,702.3 7,233.98
CHERRY CREEK 374,619,006.72 51,581.7 7,262.74
AURORA 298,985,163.59 39,387.4 7,594.19
DENVER 651,323,954.78 85,584.6 7,613.55

 

Jeffco kids are just as cute, just as smart, and just as deserving of funding as other children in Colorado. In fact, Jeffco has continued a strong tradition of excellence despite extreme cuts to funding that still haven’t been restored. THAT is an incredible return on investment for all families, businesses, and property owners!

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Several months ago, a friend from another district shared the following thoughts on social media. Though they pertain to another district, they ring true for Jeffco as well.  Read and let us know YOUR thoughts!

Can you run a district like a home? I’ve often wondered why we hear from our majority board members that they believe that the public wants the district to address their capital needs like they would address replacing a leaky roof in their own home. Is this really a fair analogy? Let’s say that I bought my home 10 years ago when the economy was strong. Since I bought my home, the price of many goods and services have gone up. If I’m making the same amount of money today that I made 10 years ago, chances are my income doesn’t have the same purchasing power as it did 10 year ago.

Fortunately, I purchase more goods than services, because price of services have increased much more than actual goods over the last 10 years. Any district’s primary expenditure is staff. Medical insurance and PERA have both increased tremendously over the last few years and this is not an area that the district can control or cut back. In other words, the expenditures I face as a homeowner are quite different than the ones the district faces. If my purchasing power was to decrease enough and my roof started leaking, I would need to consider borrowing money or selling my house in order to downsize to a smaller home that I could afford to maintain.

Unfortunately, a school district cannot sell off parts of the district when funding becomes scarce. They can borrow funds via a Certificate of Participation (COP), but their credit rating begins to suffer if their debt increases too highly and they have the added burden of knowing that their student body is growing, which may need to be addressed with COPs in the future. In order to pay for their “leaky roof”, they need to either pass a bond, borrow money via a COP or cut significant amounts of their budget.

If the public really believes that the district can simply pay for capital needs out of their operating budget, the board and district owes it to the public to explain what cutting significant amounts of the district’s operating budget looks like. Unfortunately, I have seen no effort to convey this information in the last few years. I have also seen no long term plan to address the capital needs in the event a bond isn’t passed and the district doesn’t more forward with borrowing large amounts of funds via a COP.

Information is power. And we have the power to use information to educate our community so they can have a complete and accurate understanding of why our district should not be compared to a homeowner. Why are we not doing this?

 

When you turn on a light switch, do you like the lights to come on? When you want air conditioning in your home, do you like it to work? When you need medical services, do you want a qualified doctor to serve you? When your computer stops working, do you want a technician who can fix the problem and save your work? The kids in school today are the kids who will be taking care of our world tomorrow. Just consider that. You get what you pay for.

 

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