Sandra Fish

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Campaign contributions and spending by independent committees in 2021 school board races approached $5 million.
Education is the No. 2 lobbying interest at the Colorado Capitol, with groups competing over money and policy goals.
On kindergarten, mental health, and reading, Colorado schools and students scored some big wins during the 2019 legislative session.
Time is running out to get some education programs through the Colorado General Assembly.
Two controversial bills — one asking voters to raise taxes on nicotine products and another making it harder to get vaccination exemptions — face uncertain paths.
Technically, the only thing they HAVE to do is pass the Public School Finance Act.
Many educators describe Colorado’s teacher evaluation system as burdensome and too closely tied to test scores. A bill that aimed to change that won’t even get a vote.
Full-day kindergarten in Colorado neared the finish line Thursday, after years of effort.
The Colorado Public School Finance Act gives more money to special needs students and rural schools. The bill received initial approval in the Senate.
A bill to change the Colorado teacher evaluation system may not make it out of the legislature this year, but that doesn’t mean the conversation is over.
As the Colorado General Assembly enters its final two weeks, lawmakers are still finalizing the Colorado school finance package. Also up in the air: the fate of teacher evaluation changes.
The $7.4 billion Colorado School Finance Act would increase average per-pupil spending by 4 percent.
A computer science grant program seeks to get more girls and students of color interested in the field, and on their way to careers.
A Colorado anti-tax group targets a bill allowing local voters to approve tax funding for care of infants, toddlers and preschoolers
It was a busy week at the Colorado State Capitol. Also moving forward: full-day kindergarten, the 2019-20 budget, and a proposal to let the state keep more revenue.
Full-steam ahead: Colorado lawmakers on the House Education Committee gave unanimous support to a bill to fund full-day kindergarten.
Education cash is the focus as the Colorado General Assembly did the bulk of its budget work and enters the final four weeks of the session.
Colorado lawmakers agreed to a budget deal that increases transportation funding, but they promised that K-12 funding would remain unscathed in the search for extra dollars.
College courses would be more available to Colorado high school students under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday.
Youth voting in school-related elections won’t happen anytime soon after a House committee voiced concerns about constitutionality and transparency.
College courses are more popular among Colorado high school students according to a new report, but lawmakers want more participation in the statewide program.
School district mergers for small schools, those with incomplete grade levels, or those failing academically would be easier under a new bill.
Here’s your update on Colorado education legislation moving through the General Assembly. Keep in mind that the big ticket items – the overall budget, school finance, and universal full-day kindergarten – are still to come.
Online schools would face greater scrutiny of student movement during the school year under a bill approved by the Senate Friday.
Students in second grade and below would face fewer suspensions and expulsions under a measure approved by the House Education Committee Thursday.
Democrats joined Republicans in defeating an effort to rescind funding for state charter schools approved by the legislature two years ago.
American history and government lessons in Colorado schools would have to give students a better understanding of the culture and contributions of all Americans under a bill approved by the House Education Committee Tuesday. House Bill 1192 adds the history and culture of Asian-Americans to the groups already
Colorado schools won’t get $12.9 million in school funding originally budgeted, but it won’t go in the general fund either.
Concerned about performance of online schools, and whether such schools retain students, Colorado lawmakers are considering gathering more data from the schools.
Colorado’s General Assembly is nearing the halfway mark, but most major education legislation is still under consideration.