The official website for Colorado Senator Mike Johnston (D-Denver)

Bill Language & Other Resources

What We’re Proposing

See below for our latest “concept paper” – a narrative version of the final version of SB 213.

SB 213: Final Concept Paper by Senator Mike Johnston

The Current Bill Draft

Below is the bill as it was passed by the House and Senate on May 1, 2013. The introduced version of the bill is here, and the version as adopted by the Senate is here. If you have questions or suggestions for revisions, use the form at the bottom of this page to send us a message.

SB 213: Final Version


District-by-District Data

Per-Pupil Funding Changes: Our initial summary of the district financial projections is available here. To see updated financial projections based on amendments made in the Senate, click here.

Special Education Funding Changes: Our summary of district special education projections is available here.


Additional Resources

See below for additional reports, studies, and materials relating to school finance and the budget.

Information about School Finance:

Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, Inc.: 2013 School Finance Costing Out Analysis

Colorado Department of Education: School Finance Explained

Legislative Council: School Finance in Colorado


Reports Cited in the Concept Paper:

Colorado Average Daily Membership Study

Colorado Department of Education: Colorado’s Count Day Funding Mechanisms

DU Center for CO’s Economic Future: Analysis of the State’s Fiscal Sustainability

Harvard Center for State & Local Government: Achievement Growth – International and US State Trends

Jefferson County Gifted and Talented Briefing

Kenneth Wong: The Design of the Rhode Island School Finance Formula

Marguerite Roza & Karen Hawley-Miles: Understanding Student-Weighted Allocation

School Finance Partnership: Final Report


How to Contact Us

Have questions? Want to offer feedback about how to improve the bill? If you can’t make it to the public forum on Feb. 28th, we’re offering office hours. Feel free to join in-person or over the phone by signing up here. Or, if you’d prefer to send us an email, use the form below to get in touch.

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