While our bond programs are improving our schools and classrooms, funds from the $56.6 million mill levy override provide DPS students with increased access to critical, evidence-based programs. These investments focus on programs that help us reach our Denver Plan 2020 goals. In particular, mill levy dollars are supporting the whole child, building a foundation for success through early literacy interventions, helping our students get college and career ready, and developing great teachers and school leaders. The mill levy contributes:
- $15 million to support the whole child by providing schools flexible funds to hire additional support staff or expand social-emotional learning programs.
- $14.5 million to ensure great teachers in every classroom, and great leaders in every school through the expansion of the Teacher Leadership and Collaboration model and Paraprofessional-to-Teacher training program.
- $8 million for college and career readiness opportunities, including expanding participation of our Career Connect Programs.
- $6.8 million for early literacy supports by building educator expertise in instruction and $2 million for evidence-based interventions for struggling readers.
- $6.6 million to increase classroom technology.
- $4.9 million for great learning environments.
- $400,000 to increase access to educational opportunities through transportation options.
These investments for our students would not be possible without the support of the community. Denver taxpayers trust us to do what is best for our students, and we take that responsibility seriously. As we continue to invest in capital projects and in-school programs, we are committed to sharing our progress with the public. We have a lot of exciting work ahead of us in 2018, so check back often for the latest developments.