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Archives Interim 2005 Committee on School Finance

Final Report 


Committee Members

Senators Representatives
Sue Windels, Chair Michael Merrifield,Vice-Chair
Norma Anderson Debbie Benefield
Bob Bacon Keith King
Nancy Spence Josh Penry
Ron Tupa Jack Pommer


Task Force Members

Chief Executive Officers Chief Financial Officers
Mary Rubadeau, Superintendent
Telluride District R-1
Glen Gustafson, Chief Financial Officer
Colorado Springs District 11
Dave Van Sant, Superintendent
Strasburg District 31 J
Scott Murphy, Chief Financial Officer
Littleton District 6
Colorado Department of Education State Board of Education
Vody Herrmann, Director of Public School Finance Unit Karen Middleton, Congressional District 7
District Board of Education Members Expert in School Finance
Mike Freeman
Ault Highland School District RE-9
John Augenblick, President
Augenblick, Palaich & Associates, Inc.
Jim Weigel
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Statewide School Board Association Business Representative
Jane Urschel, Associate Executive Director
Colorado Association of School Boards
Katherine Cattanach, General Partner
Partnership Fund Investment Team
Organization Studying School Finance in Colorado Charter Schools
Tracie Rainey, School Finance Project Nina Lopez, Public Affairs Director
Colorado League of Charter Schools
Public School Teacher Statewide Teachers Association
Michael Jagel Anthony Salazar
Colorado Education Association
Vicki Newell
Staff Contact - Cathy Eslinger,,
Deb Godshall,
(303) 866-3521 


Agendas and meeting summaries can be accessed using the Meeting Date links located below. An agenda will be available prior to each meeting. After the meeting has been held, the meeting summary, upon completion, will be available through the same Meeting Date link. 


2005 Committee Schedule

Meeting Date Time Location 
 July 21, 2005  9:00 a.m. HCR 0112
 August 2, 2005  9:00 a.m. SCR 356
 August 30, 2005  9:00 a.m. SCR 356
 September 13, 2005  9:00 a.m. SCR 356
 September 27, 2005  9:00 a.m. SCR 356
 October 18, 2005  9:00 a.m. SCR 356
Proposed Legislation
Bill Designation Short Title Fiscal Note Bill Number
Bill A  Concerning special education funding    
Bill B  Concerning proficiency funding for K-12 education - Bill Not Approved by Legislative Council    
Bill C  Concerning the authorization of additional school district revenues to fund costs associated with full-day kindergarten programs.    
Bill D  Concerning state school lands    
Bill E  Concerning technical revisions to provisions affecting funding for certain charter schools    
Bill F  Concerning the study of an education system ranging from pre-kindergarten through higher education, and, in connection therewith, creating a legislative oversight committee and special council    


Bill Drafts Distributed and Considered at the  Committee's October 18th Meeting
Bill Designation Short Title
 Bill Draft A  Special Education Funding
 Bill Draft B  Supplemental Pot of Funding for K-12
 Bill Draft C  Funding for Full-day Kindergarten
 Bill Draft D  School Land Trust
 Bill Draft E  Institute Charter Schools
 Bill Draft F 
Freezing Local-State Share Ratio
  Bill Draft G  P-16 Council


Interim Committee Presentations Available Electronically

July 21, 2005 School Finance:  A Historical and National Perspective in 2005
July 21, 2005 The Evolution and Funding Formula of the Public School Finance Act of 1994
July 21, 2005 Colorado Supreme Court & School Finance:  What Guidance Has the Court Provided?
August 2, 2005 Colorado Tax Structure and State Rankings
August 2, 2005 School District Property Taxes and State Rankings
August 2, 2005 Financial Policies and Procedures Handbook
August 30, 2005 Categorical Funding by School District
September 13, 2005 Final Task Force Report


Staff Reports and Committee Memoranda

Date Title/Subject
August 2, 2005 School District Mill Levies
August 30, 2005 Regulation of School Facilities
August 30, 2005 School District Capital Construction
August 30, 2005 On-Line Education in Colorado

October 18, 2005

Funding for High-Cost Special Education Students

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