Parents Defending Education submitted a public records request to the Poudre School District seeking contracts and invoices between the district and Panorama Education. The school district provided PDE with a document showing payments the district has made to Panorama Education from July 1, 2000, to September 30, 2023. This document shows that the earliest payment was made in 2015 with the most recent payment made in 2021. This document shows that the Poudre School District has paid Panorama Education over $200,000 for the company’s services since 2015.
PDE also received the contracts that the school district has had with Panorama Education. These contracts showed that the costs covered surveys for students and parents, advising, and professional development.
Panorama Education Inc. is an organization known for helping schools throughout the country survey the race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity of students in an effort to push “equity and inclusion” in school systems. The organization offers an “Equity and Inclusion Survey” to “help schools and districts track the progress of equity initiatives through the lens of students and staff, identify areas for celebration and improvement, inform professional development, and signal the importance of equity and inclusion to the community.”