Think Outside the Box

Check out this inspiring video unveiled this week at the Colorado Legacy Foundation annual gala.  The video challenges us to think differently about education.  We definitely need to think differently about education if we are going to expect different results.  The video speaks about butts in seats, because that is the way most education is still funded in America.  States distribute education funding based on a formula based on one of three criteria- ADA (Average Daily Attendance), ADM (Average Daily Membership) or a One Time Count.  Colorado uses the one time count method, commonly referred to as October Count.  Whoever shows up to school during a short window of time around October 1st gets counted in the funding formula, and the school district gets funding to serve that student.  If the student shows up after that window, then the serving district gets no funding to serve that student.  This funding formula is one of the things that we in Colorado need to think differently about like this video inspires us to do.

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