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Frustrating night in the Senate
April 29, 2014
Unresolved transparency fight stalls Success Act
After months of work on 2014’s major school finance bill, the debate boiled down to late-evening haggling inside and outside the Senate chamber about how schools and districts should report their financial information on the Web. Given the inability to reach agreement on the issue, Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath laid the bill over until Wednesday.
April 28, 2014
GOP data bill dies in committee
A sweeping student data protection bill proposed by Republican legislators was killed on a 3-2 party line Monday evening by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Key…
April 25, 2014
Higher education funding boost goes to governor
The proposed $100 million increase in higher education funding is returning to the place where the plan started – the governor’s office. The House Friday…
April 24, 2014
Testing issue coming back to the boil
The waning days of the 2014 legislative session may see a Democratic-sponsored bill to cut back on statewide testing. News of the bill surfaced the same day that the Senate Education Committee voted 7-0 for a bill that would create a task force to study the state testing system.
April 24, 2014
Fresh amendments tweak Success Act yet again
Taking only five minutes to vote, the Senate Finance Committee Thursday – without debate - undid some key amendments that had been tacked on to the Student Success Act by a different Senate panel.
April 23, 2014
Online bill started with study, now proposes yet another study
Key bills related to online education and gifted and talented programs ran into headwinds Wednesday as nearly two dozen education bills were in play on the floor and in committee at the Capitol.
April 22, 2014
Success Act negotiations get more time
A showdown over contentious parts of the Student Success Act didn’t materialize Tuesday after Sen. Mike Johnston, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, delayed action…
April 21, 2014
Online bill has rocky outing in House Education
Proposed changes in state law governing multi-district online schools got generally bad reviews from witnesses at a committee hearing Monday, and a vote was delayed so its sponsors can work up some amendments. The bill was part of a 10-bill calendar of mixed bills heard by House Education.
Tense night in Senate Ed
April 17, 2014
School finance fight takes on new intensity
Sen. Mike Johnston Thursday night lost key parts of his Student Success Act to a bipartisan coalition in the Senate Education Committee, but he may have a chance to recover because House Bill 14-1292 heads next to Senate Finance – which the Denver Democrat chairs.
April 16, 2014
Teeth pulled from immunization bill
A controversial immunization bill got a significant amendment Wednesday in a Senate committee, which removed a provision that would have required parents to get information…
April 16, 2014
Senate Ed wrestles with a brand-new idea
It’s not often that a legislative committee is faced with a completely new idea or an issue that hasn’t come up before. But that was…
April 15, 2014
Evaluation, accountability “data gap” package nearly done
A key measure intended to give districts flexibility in teacher evaluations next year was passed 53-11 by the House Tuesday, leaving Senate Bill 14-165 just…
Dollars for schools
April 14, 2014
Republicans grouse about earmarked spending
Reducing the negative factor, the state’s $1.4 billion school funding shortfall, has gotten most of the attention this year, but there are plenty of bills floating around that propose spending money on a variety of other education programs. A couple of Republican House members put a spotlight on some of those bills Monday with unsuccessful arguments against the measures.
April 10, 2014
Testing study, data privacy bills move ahead
The Colorado House Thursday voted preliminary approval of bills to launch a study of the state testing system and to set student data privacy requirements for the Department of Education. Both measures are somewhat mild responses to education issues that have become contentious in the last year.
A lively finance fight
April 9, 2014
House gives strong majorities to school funding bills
The 2014 legislative session’s two key school funding bills won preliminary House approval Wednesday, both with significant amendments that reflect the intense lobbying pressure focused on the measures as they worked their way through the House over the last six weeks.
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