We’re baaack! It’s been quite some time since we’ve shared the details of Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) proposed mill levy, and we’re here to fill you in on a bond and mill levy investment intended to promote joyful, rigorous, and personalized learning: Classroom Technology.
As we mentioned in an earlier blog, a 75-member Community Planning Advisory Committee shaped the DPS bond and levy proposal and determined where the money should be prioritized. The bond, which amounts to $572 million, will improve schools so they represent quality learning environments. Remember: the bond asks voters to approve additional government spending—it does not hit our wallets. The $56.6 million mill levy is an assessed property tax paid by Denver residents—the average resident will pay around $12/month extra on property taxes if the bond and levy measure passes.
Boosting classroom technology, which accounts for $23 million of the bond and $6.5 million of the total mill levy proposal, would allow schools to realize the benefits of using technology in classrooms on a daily basis. In fact, daily technology use is correlated with better attendance, improved student engagement and productivity, fewer disciplinary actions, and higher college attendance. If the bond and levy pass, each school will receive $100 for each student to go toward improving technology. The district would also be able to purchase a Digital Warehouse of K-12 Curricula and a Student Library Resource System.
The $6.5 million in mill levy funds would be used to enhance and reinforce the impact of the bond by building off of current and past classroom technology investments. This means that all schools will receive an increase in their current technology per-pupil allocation of $67, boosting it to $108 per student. This is in addition to the one-time $100 that they would receive from the bond. The district will also be able to hire additional digital coaches, purchase more eBooks and digital curricula, and offer professional development to teachers.