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April 23, 2010
Teacher bill passes Senate Ed 7-1
Senate Bill 10-191, the controversial educator evaluation and tenure bill, was passed 7-1 Friday afternoon by the Senate Education Committee.
April 22, 2010
Teacher bill – next comes the vote
Four reform-minded superintendents and former Denver Mayor Federico Peña headlined the witnesses supporting Senate Bill 10-191 in testimony before the Senate Education Committee Thursday afternoon.
April 21, 2010
Hearing teases out teacher bill fears
Just what does the Colorado Education Association want in a teacher evaluation system? Members of the Senate Education Committee kept raising that question in different forms Wednesday.
April 15, 2010
CAP4K timeline may get stretched
The House gave final 62-0 approval Friday to House Bill 10-1013, a measure that proposes to extend the implementation timeline for the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids.
April 14, 2010
State board endorses teacher evaluation bill
The State Board of Education Wednesday unanimously endorsed Senate Bill 10-191, the bipartisan proposal to reform teacher and principal evaluation and teacher tenure.
April 12, 2010
Evaluation and tenure bill finally unveiled
The effort to change Colorado educator evaluation and the teacher tenure system was launched formally Monday with introduction of Senate Bill 10-191.
April 11, 2010
Big education issues yet to be resolved
If you have the nagging sense the 2010 legislature hasn’t focused much on big education issues, you’re right. That's expected to change soon.
March 4, 2010
Colorado in sweet 16 for Race to the Top
Colorado has landed a spot among 16 finalists in the federal Race to the Top competition. Story, video, audio & links
February 25, 2010
Arts education requirement advances
It was kind of a topsy-turvy day in the House and Senate education committees.
January 19, 2010
Colorado’s R2T bid seeks $377 million
State officials Tuesday filed their application for $377 million in federal Race to the Top funds, insisting that the plan sets the path for further education reform even if Colorado doesn't win a grant.
January 14, 2010
Ritter touts education achievements
Speaking to lawmakers Thursday, Gov. Bill Ritter highlighted his administration’s education work, saying, “We’ve been racing to the top for years.”
December 11, 2009
Can Colorado afford education reform?
How to pay for school innovations, put off for another day when a key reform plan passed in 2008, was back on the table Friday at a legislative hearing.
November 6, 2009
Status quo for Colorado on AYP
The percentage of Colorado schools meeting federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets remained at 60 percent in 2009, the Colorado Department of Education reported Friday.
October 7, 2009
Flu may be near peak
The H1N1 flu has moved steadily through Colorado’s schoolchildren since August, but it may be about to peak, health officials told the State Board of Education Wednesday.
September 24, 2009
Support for changes in way superintendents evaluate principals
A Senate amendment to the Assembly's school governance law that hasn't gotten much attention is one that would establish "quality of curriculum and instruction" as a basis on which superintendents must evaluate principals. It's a move that people familiar with the Department of Education say is desperately needed. Legally, superintendents in each district have always been responsible for rating principals. But in recent years, a shift to a more formulaic evaluation process has stripped superintendents of their influence, say people familiar with the evaluation process. "The DOE has depended more on the accountability system rather than on what the superintendents determined," said David Bloomfield, a professor at Brooklyn College who helps train school administrators. "There's a lack of clarity about the role of what the superintendent is," said Judi Aronson, a former superintendent. "Although theoretically they evaluate principals and sign off on many documents relating to evaluation, evaluation is only by the metrics of the progress report, PPR, and quality review." The metrics Aronson referred to were put in place in January 2008, when the city changed the formula for principal evaluation as a result of the principals union contract agreed upon two years ago. The formula based 32 percent of a principal's annual "grade" on his school's progress report score, 22 percent on the Quality Review grade, 10 percent on legal compliance, and 5 percent on offering special education services. The remaining 31 percent of the Principal Performance Review grade has been based on whether principals have met the "goals and objectives" they set out for themselves, goals that officials say are best when they relate to student achievement. The formula means that a principal at a school where test scores are increasing is virtually assured of a passing evaluation, no matter what teachers, parents, or the community superintendent thinks.
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