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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 7, 2014
Sponsor beats up on DPS, has teacher placement bill killed
The sponsor of a bill that would have forbidden school districts from putting unassigned teacher on unpaid leave asked the House Education Committee to kill…
April 4, 2014
Updated: Success Act gets some important tweaks
Updated 11:45 a.m. – The House Appropriations Committee Friday approved the Student Success Act on a 13-0 vote after adding key amendments, including a $110…
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.
March 27, 2014
Testing, K-12 funding roil House budget debate
The hot-button issue of standardized testing finally got a House floor debate Thursday, but a proposal to cut the $16.8 million needed to pay for…
March 26, 2014
Evaluation flexibility bill passes first test
A measure that would give school districts one year of flexibility in use of student growth data to evaluate teachers was passed 4-2 Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee.
March 24, 2014
Bipartisan committee support for charter revenue bill
Colorado charter schools have long complained about being left on the sidelines when districts ask voters for additional operating funds through what are called mill…
March 23, 2014
Quick-turnaround online task force makes recommendations
Colorado needs an updated legal definition of online education and should change the way multi-district online schools are overseen, a task force that’s advising four…
March 21, 2014
Updated: Vaccination education bill passes House 42-19
Updated March 24 – The House voted 42-19 Monday to pass House Bill 14-1288, the immunization measure that has touched a few nerves at the…
School finance tweaks
March 19, 2014
Some key school finance decisions left for Senate
Two important school finance bills moved smoothly out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday, but some touchy major issues will be left for the Senate.
March 19, 2014
Updated: “Data gap” accountability tweak on way to governor
Updated March 20 – The House Thursday accepted minor Senate amendments and voted 61-4 to repass House Bill 14-1182, the measure that modifies the state’s…
Negative factor fight
March 18, 2014
Revenue forecasts don’t change much for school finance debate
The newly issued state revenue forecasts aren’t substantially different from projections made before the 2014 legislative session opened, meaning about the same amount of money remains in play for this year’s K-12 funding debate.
March 17, 2014
Student data privacy, charter security guard bills advance
A bill designed to lock student data privacy protections into state law got some additional provisions tacked onto it Monday and won 12-0 approval by…
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.
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