Quick Facts: 2012 Mill Levy Support for Our Schools
There’s much more work to do to ensure that all of our kids graduate, and are prepared for college and careers in the 21st century. By revitalizing schools and strengthening supports, we’re helping ensure Denver kids are learning and growing at a faster pace through better academics and expanded enrichment.
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More growth in math. A $17 million investment in more small-group math tutoring opportunities resulted in above-average growth in math for all participating grade levels. This growth in math helps to build a strong foundation for the many STEM careers available to our graduates.
Expanded early learning. A $13 million investment in early childhood education means that Denver’s youngest learners have expanded opportunities throughout the city, with hundreds of scholarships for preschool and full-day kindergarten and more than 1,300 additional preschool enrollment opportunities.
Enhanced arts and PE. Alongside stronger academics, all Denver schools received a share of more than $11 million to restore and enhance arts, music and physical education programs.
Classroom technology and resources. More than $21 million in classroom technology and curriculum investments brought some 20,000 new laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and other devices and related support directly to schools. This was supported by bond AND mill levy funding!
High-quality curriculum. $4 million supported investments in high-quality curriculum and training. Schools have the flexibility to select district-recommended curriculum and training resources, or to purchase resources that best meet unique student and staff needs.
Support for students and families. $1 million provided additional school counselors and engagement specialists in schools with the greatest need. Caring, supportive staff focus on improving attendance, behavior and literacy. Schools provided matching funds to create these positions!
College and career experiences. $500,000 increased the number of students who gain exposure to college courses and career experiences while still in high school.