DCSD Funding Challenges and Needs
What Do Our Schools Need?
Funding Resources and Links
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Downloadable flyer with more facts and figures regarding the funding challenges in Douglas County School District as well as information about how our schools are funded.
How are schools funded? Why can't DCSD simply cut administrative costs? Find answers here.
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The tax revenue from marijuana is tiny in comparison to the school funding needs in Colorado. Almost none of that revenue goes towards operational costs for our public schools, and most of the schools in the Denver Metro region do not benefit from this fund. Here's an explanation.
When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.
The 1994 School Finance Act determines how much funding each school district will receive
("Total Program" and "Per Pupil Funding")
Local Share = Fixed tax rate set by State of Colorado applied to all Douglas County School District (DCSD) taxpayers.
State Share = Funding from State Income Tax and Sales Tax allocated by Legislature (39% of State's General Fund).
More Local Share = Less State Share
An increase in local funding due to economic growth and rising property taxes does not provide our schools with more money - it just means the state contributes less.
Note: Local Share refers to School Finance Act funding only and is not inclusive of Mill Levy Override.
Mill Levy Overrides
Each district can request additional local funding from voters (up to 25% more) through a local Mill Levy Override (MLO). This funding is general used for operational needs such as salaries and student programming.
Local voter-approved general obligation bonds are used by school districts for capital needs such as new school buildings, facility repairs, technology or school buses.