DPS Budget to Increase by $28 Million
On May 10, 2017, the Colorado Legislature passed the School Finance Act SB 296 that brought positive news to Denver Public Schools.
DPS will see an increase of $252.85 in per pupil funding and an additional 764 pupils for the 2017-18 school year, which will increase the District Budget by about $28 million, even after the changes to the so-called “negative factor” are included.
This is especially good news given current contract negotiations, where a main point of contention is providing adequate resources and salaries in DPS to attract and retain teachers. We sincerely hope that the District brings real, positive ideas to address the challenges that teachers are facing and are willing to have an open discussion on how to best use these additional funds. As bargaining progresses, we will keep you posted!