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Colorado General Assembly
March 16, 2018
What’s wrong with auditing all of Colorado’s education programs? Everything, lawmakers said.
State Rep. Jon Becker pitched the idea as basic good governance. The House Education Committee voted 12-0 to reject it.
March 13, 2018
Disputed money in Colorado education budget will go to school safety measures
Colorado lawmakers had been arguing about what to do with $7 million in “extra” education money.
March 7, 2018
Teachers union opposes 401(k)-like provision in Colorado pension overhaul bill
Republicans want to create a defined-contribution option within PERA.
March 7, 2018
Why Colorado lawmakers are fighting over a ‘rounding error’ in school funding
Republicans and Democrats can't agree on what to do with the extra money that comes from having fewer students.
It takes a village
February 22, 2018
What does it mean to be a community school? This Colorado bill would define it – and promote it.
Community schools are an old idea enjoying a resurgence in education circles with the support of teachers unions and other advocates.
mental health matters
February 14, 2018
Colorado lawmakers say yes to anti-bullying policies but no to suicide prevention efforts
Trembling as he described his family’s loss, Ashawnty Davis’s uncle said better anti-bullying policies would give some meaning to his niece’s death.
Carrots and sticks
February 8, 2018
No pizza parties, no raffle tickets: Bill would bar Colorado schools from offering rewards to test-takers
State lawmakers characterized the problem of schools dangling rewards for taking assessments as “more than one, but not widespread.”
February 6, 2018
Colorado’s superintendents want (a lot) more money for schools and a new way to divvy it up
Colorado’s superintendents want to change how the state distributes money to school districts – but only if voters approve a $1.7 billion tax increase for education.
January 30, 2018
Higher property values mean Colorado is getting a refund on K-12 education
Colorado is getting back $104 million that the state planned to spend on schools because local property taxes generated a lot more money than anyone anticipated.
January 29, 2018
What a $10,000 fellowship for rural teachers will and won’t do to address teacher shortages
The rural fellowships bill is just one of what lawmakers say will be a package of bills to address Colorado’s difficulties filling some teacher jobs.
January 25, 2018
Bill that would provide free lunch for more Colorado students moves forward
Colorado already picks up part of the cost of school lunch for elementary-aged children from low-income families.
January 24, 2018
For 40 cents a meal, Colorado could feed a lot more middle school students
Colorado subsidizes free lunches for kids from low-income families, but that program expires after fifth grade. A bill in the legislature would change that.
January 11, 2018
Hickenlooper: We need voters’ help to fully fund schools
In his final State of the State address, Colorado's Democratic governor says the state has neglected its constitutional obligations, but only the voters can fix that.
Down to business
January 10, 2018
Here’s a look at the first education bills to hit the floor in Colorado
Some make tweaks to existing laws and policies, some tackle long-standing deficiencies, and some are message bills doomed to die an early death.
first day of school
January 10, 2018
Budget battles likely to overshadow education issues as Colorado legislature convenes
The big issues for this session are expected to be PERA reform and transportation funding, and both will have implications for education.
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