What Prop CC Means for Jeffco

We have shared info already about Proposition CC.  What it is, and what it does and does not do.  http://www.supportjeffcokids.org/what-prop-cc-does-and-doesnt-do/

Here’s what’s important to know about what Proposition CC means to Jeffco Schools.

First, let’s review just how far behind the state is in funding Jeffco Public Schools:

Since 2009/10 when Colorado experienced the Great Recession and the creation of the Negative Factor, known today as the Budget Stabilization Factor, the total amount withheld  cumulatively from Jeffco Public Schools: $768,492,070

The Budget Stabilization Factor for Jeffco Schools just for 2019/20  – (The reduction in state funding to the local district in order to achieve budget savings): $52,094,850

So what would Jeffco Schools receive should Prop CC pass this November?

Estimated Rev from Prop CC – based on Legislative Council Staff forecast numbers*

  • FY2019-20 $ 8,316,083 ($100/student)**
  • FY2020-21 $4,496,286 ($54/student)**
  • FY2021-22 $4,231,983 ($51/student)**

Estimated Rev from Prop CC – based on State Planning & Budgeting forecast numbers*

  • FY2019-20 $10,952,813 ($132/student)**
  • FY2020-21 $17,355,851 ($210/student)**
  • FY2021-22 $24,177,367 ($292/student)**

*The difference in the forecast numbers is tied to the forecast model used by either Legislative Council Staff and the State Planning & Budget department.

**The distribution is based on the 2019/20 Funded Pupil Count for Jeffco of 82,809

It should be noted, there is a stipulation, based on House Bill 19-1258, that these funds be used only for non-recurring expenses for the purpose of improving classrooms.  It’s easy to see why – as you will note, the forecasted numbers change each year.  That’s because it’s not always a given that there will be money collected over the revenue limit in years beyond the forecast.  For that reason, while districts will be allowed to make local decisions on how to best spend the funds, they cannot use the funds for recurring expenses such as salaries.

We support Proposition CC and encourage our school board to officially support it as well.  We also want to make sure our voters understand, while these funds would mean so much for our students and schools, it is not a fix or permanent solution to funding our schools.   Because the dollars would not be a steady, dependable flow the district can count on each year, nor can it count on receiving the same dollars, makes it impossible for the district to commit dollars towards something as important as salaries and new hires.   We all know how underpaid our staff and teachers are.  Sadly, this does not fix that problem.

It is a big step in the right direction of what we need to do to support our Jeffco kids and our Colorado kids.

Lastly, our thanks goes to the Colorado Association of School Boards. They did all the work and research, we are just sharing the info.  https://www.casb.org/proposition-cc

“They say, if you want to know what a community values, look at how its children are treated.  If you want a sense of what a community hopes for the future, look at how it values its schools.”