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Starting on the wrong foot
March 28, 2016
School funding bill off to rocky start after complaints of “ambush”
Everybody likes the proposed school finance bill because it doesn’t increase the K-12 funding shortfall, but the measure’s rushed introduction ruffled a lot of feathers.
March 24, 2016
Bill to end ninth grade testing clears Senate panel after GOP tacks on teacher tenure amendment
The Senate Education Committee Thursday passed a bill to ban mandatory ninth grade tests - with amendments likely to reduce the bill’s already-slim chances of passing.
Hick makes his choice
March 23, 2016
Health executive, education volunteer tapped as lieutenant governor
Lieutenant governor nominee Donna Lynne is a healthcare executive who's held volunteer posts in education but doesn't have the education experience of her predecessors.
No go on limits
March 22, 2016
Bid to cap school board campaign contributions fails; bill requiring more transparency advances
A bill that would have limited contributions in school board campaigns suffered a crushing defeat late Monday in a House committee.
March 17, 2016
Expecting big changes to state testing this year? Don’t hold your breath
It appears unlikely Colorado legislators will take any major action this year on the issue of alternatives to current state tests.
shot and a miss
Updated March 11, 2016
Immunization exemption bill back in the shop for more work
The state’s immunization reporting law, gutted by a GOP-authored amendment unexpectedly added Thursday to a vaccination bill, will be reconsidered on Monday by the House.
Let's add a test
March 8, 2016
High school students would face new civics test under bipartisan proposal
Colorado students would be required to pass a civics test used by the federal government to graduate from high school under a new bill.
March 3, 2016
Rural teachers bill gets scaled back but survives first committee test
A slimmed-down proposal to improve recruitment and retention of teachers in rural districts was passed 6-3 by the Senate Education Committee Thursday.
status quo holds
February 22, 2016
Lawmakers torpedo yet another bid to change teacher evaluations
A bill that would have given districts flexibility in how often they evaluated National Board Certified Teachers was killed Monday on a bipartisan 7-4 committee vote.
staying the course
February 18, 2016
Proposal to strip student growth data from teacher evaluations goes down
A bill that would have dramatically changed Colorado’s teacher evaluation system was defeated Thursday on a 6-3 vote by the Senate Education Committee.
Growing teacher shortage
February 12, 2016
Colorado’s rural districts struggle to fill teaching jobs
A bill pending in the Colorado legislature proposes some modest steps to help small rural districts with the growing challenge of recruiting teachers.
February 8, 2016
One kindergarten funding bill dies, sentence deferred on another
A House committee passed a kindergarten funding bill, while a Senate committee killed a different plan to pay for full-day kindergarten.
Here we go again
February 5, 2016
Lawmakers go back to class on school funding
A new legislative effort to study how schools are funded is raising both hopes and worries about finding a solution to that knotty problem.
Updated February 4, 2016
House passes bill giving parents time off for school meetings
The House has given final 35-30 approval to a bill intended to give parents the right to take time off from work for parent-teacher conferences and some other meetings.
Taking on SB 191
January 29, 2016
New bill would eliminate use of student growth data in teacher evaluations
An unlikely pair of senators has teamed up to mount an assault on Colorado's landmark educator evaluation law, which still hasn't been fully implemented after six years.
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