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December 12, 2014
House Democrats finally set education committee lineup
Rep. John Buckner, D-Aurora, Friday was named new chair of a pared-down House Education Committee by Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst. Buckner, a retired Cherry Creek…
December 4, 2014
Returning Democratic lawmaker vows testing cutback
New state Sen. Mike Merrifield draw applause from school board members Thursday when he promised, “I will definitely carry some legislation that will push back on the amount of testing that I think is drowning our education system.”
A hint of debates to come
December 3, 2014
Testing, standards skepticism surface at pre-session legislative hearing
The state’s academic standards and testing system drew skeptical questions from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday, providing a taste of what are expected to be prolonged discussions on those issues after the 2015 legislative session convenes on Jan. 7.
November 21, 2014
Senate Education Committee membership filled out
Senate Democratic leaders on Friday named members of the Senate Education Committee, bringing back familiar names to a panel where Republicans now have a one-vote…
A big shift
November 19, 2014
New members for budget panel, big vacancy on House Education
Two key Democratic members of the House Education Committee, including the chair, have been named to the Joint Budget Committee, opening the way for big changes on the education panel.
Long count over
November 9, 2014
Counting ends with GOP in control of Senate
The long days of post-election vote counting ended late Friday, giving Republicans an 18-17 majority in the state Senate.
November 6, 2014
Democrats confident they’ve held House control
House Democrats basically declared victory Thursday in the battle for a majority in that chamber, but shape of the Senate remains undetermined.
November 5, 2014
Parties fretting over prospects for legislative control
UPDATED - Republican and Democratic legislative leaders Wednesday sweated through a long day of not knowing which party will control the 2015 General Assembly.
Gov has a plan
November 3, 2014
Hick proposes big K-12 spending increase – for a year
Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing a $380 million increase in state K-12 spending in 2015-16, but about half of that would be one-time money that the legislature wouldn’t be required to continue providing in future years.
Let's be friends
October 23, 2014
Lawmakers hold out olive branch for 2015 finance debate
Two key Democratic lawmakers are reaching out to school superintendents, inviting them to work together on school finance issues. The letter can be seen as a gesture to avoid the acrimony and bruising lobbying that marked the school finance debate during the 2014 session.
October 14, 2014
An education voter’s guide to the 2014 election
The future direction of state education policy, a proposed "six tax" for school funding, district construction and operating budgets and seats on two education boards are all at stake in Colorado's 2014 election.
September 22, 2014
Revenue forecasts bring good news – and a big complication
Colorado tax revenues keep rising faster than state economists can predict them, a trend that might seem to be good news for education but which actually could make it harder to trim the $900 million shortfall in K-12 funding.
July 25, 2014
District leaders start laying plans for 2015 session
The 2015 legislative session is five months – and one election – in the future, but school district leaders already are strategizing the issues they’re…
June 26, 2014
Lawsuit claims school funding reduction mechanism unconstitutional
A group of school districts and parents plan to file a lawsuit Friday arguing that the negative factor, the device used by the legislature to control annual K-12 spending, is unconstitutional.
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