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Still more new bills
March 13, 2015
Testing, school liability bills will ramp up ed debates
New bills on testing and on the liability of schools for violent incidents were introduced in the legislature Friday, raising the profiles of two big issues.
House Ed surprise
March 11, 2015
Panel gives unexpected OK to stipends for top teachers
Sometimes events don’t follow the script at the Colorado legislature, as happened Wednesday when a bipartisan committee majority passed a bill that would pay extra stipends to highly effective teachers who work in struggling elementary schools.
The cost of reform
March 10, 2015
Budget panel gives ed department half a loaf amid staffing controversy
The Colorado legislative Joint Budget Committee Tuesday agreed to fund five of the seven staff positions the Department of Education had requested to help districts with teacher evaluation and rollout of new standards.
At the halfway mark
March 8, 2015
Big stack of education bills still awaits action
The 2015 legislative session enters its second half Monday with lots of work remaining, including on key education issues.
March 6, 2015
Parent time-off bill highlights partisan divide
A bill that would guarantee parents time off for some school activities sparked a lively House floor debate before passing on a preliminary voice vote Friday.
March 5, 2015
Data privacy bill advances – with a complication
The Senate Education Committee Thursday unanimously approved a key student data privacy bill, but not until after adding an amendment that might complicate the bill's prospects.
March 2, 2015
Parent time-off bill starts down rocky and familiar road
The House Education Committee Monday passed a bill that expands and extends a current law allowing parents unpaid time off from work for some school activities.
Ready to work
February 25, 2015
Bill to encourage tech careers advances in House
The House Education Committee Wednesday approved a bill that would tweak the state’s school and district rating system to give credit for high school graduates who move into career training programs.
February 18, 2015
Bill seeks to end jailing for truancy
A new bill takes aim at the practice of jailing students who defy court orders in truancy cases.
First bit social issues debate
February 11, 2015
Senate approves “parent’s bill of rights”
The state Senate Thursday gave final 18-16 approval to the bill dubbed the “parent’s bill of rights.” The vote was on party lines, with only Republicans supporting the measure.
February 10, 2015
Attorney general says “no” to testing waivers
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has formally ruled that the State Board of Education does not have the legal authority to grant waivers from state tests.
House Ed marathon
February 9, 2015
Data privacy protection bills die in committee
The House Education Committee late Monday killed two Republican-sponsored data privacy protection bills following a meeting that lasted more than eight hours.
Bits & bytes
February 6, 2015
Data privacy bill focuses on vendors
A new bipartisan student data privacy bill would impose requirements on outside vendors such as software and database companies that handle data about Colorado students.
Words of caution
February 6, 2015
Hick: TABOR repeal “a doomed effort”
Gov. John Hickenlooper told a large audience of school administrators Friday that he “can’t imagine” the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights being repealed and that instead the state needs to “modify the different parts of the constitution to put them more in harmony.”
February 3, 2015
Bill would incentivize teachers to work in struggling schools
Rep. Kevin Priola has introduced his promised bill to create pilot program that would create financial incentives for highly effective teachers who work in struggling schools.
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