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January 29, 2016
New schools could rise again through grant program if bill defies odds to become law
Supporters of the BEST school construction program are encouraged by Senate committee approval of the a bill that would raise a legal cap on annual program spending.
January 28, 2016
Parents could get time off for school conferences under bill headed to House floor
A bill requiring large companies in Colorado to give their workers unpaid time off for some school activities is set for debate in the full House.
January 27, 2016
Budget panel offers a bit of extra cash for schools
Colorado schools would receive an additional $18 per student under mid-year budget adjustments approved Wednesday by the Joint Budget Committee.
Friday Capitol Roundup
January 15, 2016
School districts get tiny bit of good budget news
Current per-pupil funding would increase very slightly and the K-12 funding shortfall would shrink under budget adjustments proposed by the Hickenlooper administration.
We want our money
January 11, 2016
School funding supporters take stand on eve of legislative session
Superintendents have set a marker for what they want from the 2016 legislature – no cuts in school aid this year and no increase in the funding shortfall for next.
Legislative Preview 2016
January 10, 2016
Lawmakers face tricky choices on education funding, data privacy and more
Colorado’s 100 lawmakers return to the Capitol this week facing a budgetary squeeze and some important unfinished education business.
December 21, 2015
Budget forecasts raise $159 million school finance question
New data on school enrollment and local property tax revenues highlights both opportunity and peril for the state’s school districts.
December 17, 2015
Lawmakers face dilemma on whether to trim school funding this year
Growth in local tax revenues and lower-than-projected enrollment have created a dilemma for legislative budget writers and an unwelcome prospect for school districts.
Hick makes his pitch
November 12, 2015
Hickenlooper: Schools must share burden of state budget balancing
Gov. John Hickenlooper told legislators that K-12 spending needs to share the pain of a tight state budget situation along with other big-ticket programs.
November 2, 2015
Tuition increase “holiday” could be over for Colorado students
College tuition costs could start rising more steeply under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new budget plan, which would cut direct state support of colleges and universities.
More tight belts
November 2, 2015
School funding shortfall would grow under new Hickenlooper budget plan
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2016-17 state budget proposal contains a mix of good and bad news for K-12 education, given the financial squeeze facing the state.
September 24, 2015
Education leaders put on brave face in wake of Supreme Court ruling
Educators say they'll continue fighting for K-12 funding at the Capitol and maybe at the ballot box following a Supreme Court ruling upholding the current finance system.
Keeping kids safe
July 14, 2015
School safety panel ramps up for summer of study
A panel of legislators and experts Tuesday started to get up to speed on one of the touchiest issues of the 2015 legislative session – school security.
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