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July 9, 2009
Wade and Barry show highlights fiscal divide
After spending a day and a half trying to absorb brain-numbing financial presentations, printed reports and Power Point slides, it was only fair that members of the state Fiscal Stability Commission got a little entertainment Thursday afternoon.
July 5, 2009
Fiscal stability commission set to kick off
The Colorado legislature spent much of the winter and spring wrangling over money, and this summer that debate moves to a new forum – with some new voices.
June 30, 2009
A big CAP4K task is finished
Colorado’s two statewide education boards Tuesday formally adopted a description of postsecondary and workforce readiness, a key requirement of 2008’s Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids education reform program.
June 29, 2009
Beginning of the end for A23?
Some future legislative study committee may look back and conclude for the record that 2009 was the year that Amendment 23 lost its mojo.
June 25, 2009
More stats for the fiscal debate
Colorado ranks 47th in the nation in total state spending per $1,000 dollars of personal income, and 45th in state spending per capita, according to a study released Thursday by the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute.
June 23, 2009
Judge puts campaign amendment on ice
Denver District Judge Catherine Lemon Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the 2008 constitutional amendment that severely restricts political campaign contributions. The amendment was challenged in court by a broad coalition of civic leaders and labor groups, including teachers’ unions.
June 23, 2009
Control No. 3 on today's "basically noncontroversial" agenda
This is the memo Governor Paterson sent out listing the order of business for today's special Senate session. He's called the items "basically non-controversial." Mayoral control is No. 3, and Paterson plans to introduce a copy of the bill the Assembly passed last week — the one that Mayor Bloomberg supports, without too many "tweaks." The session starts at 3 p.m., but of course, in order to vote, the senators have to know who's in charge. And they still don't. (Postscript: Here's why people don't like the Wicks Law.) The full agenda:
June 22, 2009
Hidden bummer factors abound for education
The headline from the June state revenue forecasts is bad enough - Colorado state government faces a cumulative general fund revenue shortfall of $838 million through the middle of 2012, meaning no respite from budget cutting and fund shifting. But, while higher education actually may be somewhat shielded from further cuts, the fine print of the forecasts contains some disheartening news for K-12 schools.
June 19, 2009
Race to Top pace slows
The “golden ticket” of the Race to the Top, the competitive portion of the federal stimulus law that’s focused on education reform, seems to be receding further into the future.
June 11, 2009
Ritter: Money not sole answer for higher ed woes
The present financial crisis in higher education may be an opportunity for meaningful reform, Gov. Bill Ritter told an audience of educators and administrators Thursday.
June 10, 2009
Nearing finish line on key CAP4K task
What does a Colorado kid need to know to successfully move from high school to college, other training or the workforce? Teams of Colorado educators and others think they’ve managed to answer that question.
June 10, 2009
Make room for another study
The calendar for the next few months already is packed with education finance studies, but it looks like one more is going to be added to the list, this one focused on higher education.
June 4, 2009
So many issues, so little time
The 2009 legislative interim committee on school finance Thursday got more than enough advice from two-dozen witnesses who made suggestions about what the 10-member panel should study.
May 31, 2009
Once more into the breach on school finance
Most of us like to kick back a bit over the summer, but 10 Colorado legislators will devote part of their summer (and autumn) to the brain-twisting task of studying the state’s labyrinthine system of paying for public schools.
May 28, 2009
Slight bad and good news in grad, dropout rates
Colorado’s high school graduation rate declined to 73.9 percent in 2008 from 75 percent the previous year, the state Department of Education reported Thursday.
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