Eagle County Schools to receive more funding for English language learners, at-risk students

Article subtitle: 
The finalized School Finance Act brought in several new avenues of funding for the district
Article author: 
Ali Longwell
Article publisher: 
Vail Daily
Article date: 
July 5, 2021
Article category: 
Colorado News
Medium
Article Body: 

After a year of budget uncertainty and safe spending, Eagle County Schools is going into the next school year with extra funds thanks to the state’s School Finance Act. This year’s legislation led to several changes as to how Colorado funds schools, both on the revenue and formula side of school financing and funding.

And as the Eagle County School District prepares to go back to the school year without restrictions and mandates brought on by COVID-19, it is also preparing a return to its normal budgeting with priorities around four areas. These areas include:

  • Equity
  • Multilingual education
  • Multi-tiered system of supports
  • Math


While this year’s finance act represents a step forward for Colorado and educational funding, the state still has a long way to go ...

CAIRCO Notes

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