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April 9, 2014
Third version of higher ed makeover passes committee
House Speaker Mark Ferrandino’s proposed overhaul of Colorado’s higher education funding system got a 10-2 endorsement from the House Education Committee Wednesday, but more work and likely some controversy are in House Bill 14-1319’s future.
Big shots face off
April 7, 2014
Higher ed funding bill sparks high-level differences
It’s rare to see vigorous public debate between the speaker of the House and the lieutenant governor, especially when they’re from the same party. But a proposed higher education funding bill brought out just that at a House Education Committee hearing Monday.
April 3, 2014
Party lines sharply drawn on Common Core, PARCC
During a procedural roll-call vote early Thursday evening, all 17 Republican senators voted for a motion to pull $16.8 million in funding for the coming PARCC tests from the proposed 2014-15 state budget. Senators also had a running debate over college construction projects.
April 1, 2014
The legislative habit of gambling on the future
One of the many peculiarities of Colorado’s complex state budgeting process is the legislature’s weakness for promising to spend money before it’s even collected. This year that impulse may force a tradeoff between K-12 and higher education.
First round in a big bout
March 14, 2014
Speaker Ferrandino pitches new higher ed funding formula
The questions were flying like balls out of pitching machine Friday when House Speaker Mark Ferrandino defended his new higher education funding bill at a meeting of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
March 11, 2014
Bill could liven up higher ed discussions
This year was supposed to be a legislative session of sweetness, light and more money for Colorado’s colleges and universities. Gov. John Hickenlooper proposed a…
February 20, 2014
Lawmakers reach compromise on CSU Global Campus bill
Expected controversy over a proposed expansion of Colorado State University Global Campus was defused Thursday with what was reported to be a last-minute compromise. As…
February 14, 2014
Are Colorado colleges meeting workforce needs?
Are Colorado colleges and universities pumping out graduates with the right degrees to take the jobs that the state needs filled? A recent report from…
February 12, 2014
House panel endorses study of minority teacher pipeline; school finance law remains on ice
An articulate seventh grader helped to convince the House Education Committee to pass a bill that would require the Department of Education to study the shortage of minority teachers and develop ways to recruit, develop and retain more of them.
Help for rural districts
February 5, 2014
Advanced Placement incentives bill gets in line
The House Education Committee on Wednesday apparently agreed with Rep. Jim Wilson when he said, “I believe all students should have equal opportunity to pursue Advanced Placement classes.” The panel voted 12-1 to approve Wilson’s bill to provide rural school districts with financial support to offer AP classes.
February 5, 2014
Rise & Shine: UFT’s back-pay push squeezing other local unions
January 28, 2014
Legislative analyst slams higher ed performance funding plan
The state’s plan for performance funding of state colleges and universities is “not likely to work very well,” a staff analyst has told the Joint Budget Committee.
January 27, 2014
Testing, Common Core officially on the legislature’s plate
A Republican-sponsored bill to delay rollout of new statewide tests and to require a new study of the state’s academic standards – which include the controversial Common Core Standards – was introduced in the Senate Monday.
January 23, 2014
Smooth start for community college four-year degree bill
A bill allowing state community colleges to offer some four-year degrees sailed out of the Senate Education Committee Thursday on a 6-0 vote after a…
Leadership & Management
January 9, 2014
Hickenlooper backs enrollment count, transparency proposals
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Thursday state of the state speech endorsed proposals to change how school enrollment is counted and to create greater transparency for school spending.
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