Do Colorado Schools Get the Money They Need? Let’s Look at Two Neighboring Districts
The Denver suburb of Sheridan is easy to miss. It’s only 2.3 square miles. The school district is so small, there are only four schools. Head just two minutes south on Federal Boulevard and you’re out of one school district and into another: Littleton Public Schools.
Sheridan superintendent Michael Clough says the differences between the two are stark. In Sheridan schools, 84 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch; in Littleton, just 18 percent of kids do. It’s one of the biggest child poverty gaps for two districts that share a border in the country. Those gaps are also reflected in test scores and other measures, like what districts can pay to attract top teachers (The average teacher in Sheridan makes $50,503, in Littleton, $64,738).