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July 7, 2017
In launching new charter schools, former Success Academy lawyer aims for integration
Given her close ties to Success, Emily Kim’s schools are likely to be closely watched.
Big issue takes shape
April 7, 2016
Charter schools make bid for more local funding
Charter school advocates have launched an effort to gain what they call a “more equitable” share of local funding through two bills to be introduced in the state Senate.
April 7, 2015
The four other (non-testing) education bills that are on the move at the Capitol this week
While the focus so far this week at the Capitol has been on the budget and on testing, education bills of interest are on the move.
February 23, 2015
DSST boosts long-term growth goal to 22 schools by 2021
DSST has proposed four new campuses with middle and high schools.
Charter vs. districts
January 7, 2015
State Board picks new leaders, backs charter in appeals cases
The State Board of Education Wednesday picked new, bipartisan leadership and then dove into two contentious charter school appeals, siding with the charter in both cases.
November 19, 2014
Voters remain divided on charter schools
According to the data released Wednesday, 43 percent of voters support increasing the number of charter schools. Less than one in five voters, 17 percent, favored reducing the number of charter schools, while 31 percent said the number of charter schools should remain the same.
June 26, 2014
Three new charters join wellness initiative
Three additional charter schools recently joined a one-year-old initiative aimed at fostering health and wellness in charter schools across Colorado. Sponsored by the Colorado…
March 24, 2014
Bipartisan committee support for charter revenue bill
Colorado charter schools have long complained about being left on the sidelines when districts ask voters for additional operating funds through what are called…
January 15, 2014
Rural AP incentives, school supply sales tax holiday among new bills
Proposals to expand Advanced Placement classes, help families with school supply costs and aid charter schools are among education bills introduced in the legislature this week.
January 29, 2013
State’s charter school laws rank 4th in nation
A charter school advocacy organization has ranked Colorado fourth in the nation in the quality and robustness of its charter laws.
December 5, 2012
Denver lands $4 million for ‘charter compact’
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced DPS will get $4 million to help charters and traditional schools share best practices.
July 12, 2012
State board sides with charter on expansion
Parents of 44 prospective elementary students at a suburban Pueblo charter school got some good news Thursday from the State Board of Education.
March 26, 2012
Budget cuts may not be needed
An analysis of the state budget seems to make it more likely that K-12 and higher education will escape budget cuts in 2012-13
March 7, 2012
End of the line for Life Skills
The State Board of Education voted 4-3 to uphold the Denver school board’s denial of a new charter for Life Skills High School.
February 15, 2012
Reverse transfer bill passes Senate
Updated - The Senate Thursday gave final approval to the reverse transfer bill designed to help more students earn associate's degrees.
February 8, 2012
Successful day for education bills
Bills to exempt back-to-school purchases from sales taxes and to promote awarding college credit for life experience have advanced in the Colorado legislature.
January 31, 2012
More education pieces fall into place
Several significant pieces of education legislation were introduced in the Senate Tuesday, covering such issues as charter schools and coordination of early childhood services.
January 16, 2012
Key charter bills introduced
A second wave of education bills has been introduced in the 2012 General Assembly, including two pieces of charter legislation.
January 11, 2012
SBE trips over charter rules
It took some time and wrangling, but the State Board of Education Wednesday approved regulations on charter and online schools.
November 8, 2011
Tuesday Churn: Decision day
Legislative leaders meet today to pass judgment on bills proposed by over-the-summer study committees
September 12, 2011
A glaring omission from Hick's Ed. Leadership Council
Almost eight months after declaring its creation by one of the first executive orders as governor, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office released the appointments to the Education Leadership Council (ELC) about ten days ago, to little fanfare. This is not very surprising; it is sometimes hard to get excited about another education-focused committee. But, if the ELC lives up to its charge – which is to “provide a meaningful forum for educators, community members, business leaders and lawmakers to examine the current status of education policies and make recommendations to the governor, General Assembly and governing boards regarding long-term improvements” – then this actually should be a fairly important committee. The 38-member ELC is a who’s who of education in Colorado, and understandably so considering the task it is embarking on. Since this group is mapping out the future of education in Colorado, it should be all-encompassing. As such, every major K-12 group or association’s interests are thoroughly represented (protected?) on the ELC. All except for one, that is. There is a glaring disparity in representation by charter schools, and I believe this is a real problem. Let me explain.
July 7, 2011
Panel urges higher charter standards
A committee studying how districts authorize charters has finished its work with recommendations for the State Board of Education
May 26, 2011
Rhee pitches to supportive crowd
Education reformer Michelle Rhee brought her message of educational competitiveness, school choice and high student expectations to a friendly Denver audience Thursday.Video
April 4, 2011
Parent involvement bill passes Senate
Budget discussions dominated Monday at the Capitol, but two education bills advanced in the Senate and House.
March 23, 2011
Brutal day for education bills
The “kill committees” did their work Wednesday, defeating bills on charter facilities, state aid for private college students and regulation of school-management firms.
March 16, 2011
Another bite for teacher paychecks?
The amended version of a pension bill could mean less take-home pay for teachers. Plus roundup
March 11, 2011
Bill logjam breaks up a bit
Both houses worked through long calendars of backed-up floor work Friday, including 10 bills of interest to education.
March 2, 2011
Bills move, shrink, die
Mandatory physical activity in schools, charter school facilities, energy efficient schools and PERA were all in play at the Capitol Wednesday.
February 26, 2011
Party divisions shown in committee votes
Two of the session’s higher profile education bills, on resident tuition for undocumented students and on charter school facilities, were set up Friday for initial floor consideration.
February 24, 2011
Turnaround bill delayed for more work
A bill that proposes changes in how districts handle turnaround schools was pulled off the table Thursday at the sponsor’s request.
February 7, 2011
“Recess,” charter facilities bills advance
Compromise and significant amendments got two high-profile bills out of the House Education Committee on Monday
January 31, 2011
DREAM bill introduced
Bills to help undocumented college students, create yet another education study panel and transform PERA were introduced Monday. Roundup
January 20, 2011
Lawmakers spar over unions
Partisan differences about public employee unions surfaced Thursday during a House committee hearing on House Bill 11-1007, which would allow classified employees at Mesa State College in Grand Junction to opt out of the state personnel system.
January 19, 2011
Teacher pension bite could rise
School boards would be allowed to lower their pension contributions while raising those of employees under a bill introduced in the legislature Wednesday.
January 12, 2011
SBE nixes Denver charter appeal
Two new members of the State Board of Education learned Wednesday just how time-consuming their unpaid jobs will be.
January 12, 2011
Session opens with K-12 funding bill
The first education bill of the 2011 legislative session proposes corralling "excess" state revenues and using them to offset K-12 cuts.
January 10, 2011
EdNews 2011 legislative preview
Many in education are hoping 2011 will be the first Colorado legislative session in three years without a “big” education reform bill.
September 16, 2010
SBE turns back charter appeal
The State Board of Education has rejected a charter school's bid to revoke the exclusive chartering authority of the Adams 14 school district.
August 18, 2010
Districts get the word on Edujobs grants
Colorado school districts and charter schools received good news Wednesday about federal funds that will ease district budget cuts and fund new charters.
August 11, 2010
State board approves BEST grants
The State Board of Education has approved $252.1 million in school construction projects and ruled against the Adams 12 district in a dispute with a charter school.
May 1, 2010
Q & A with Diane Ravitch
The author talks about abandoning reforms she once favored - testing, charters - and debates Sen. Mike Johnston on SB 10-191
April 27, 2010
Senate approves charter cooperation bill
The Senate Tuesday voted 30-5 to pass Senate Bill 10-161, which would allow charter schools to formally collaborate with each other and apply for many competitive state and federal grants.
April 16, 2010
Carroll proposes charter standards study
House Speaker Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, Friday introduced a revised charter school regulation bill, proposing the issues of charter school and authorizer standards be studied by an…
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 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.
February 25, 2010
Gubernatorial candidates talk education
John Hickenlooper and Scott McInnis, vying to become Colorado's next governor, addressed the state League of Charter Schools last week. See videos.
February 22, 2010
Surprising findings in DPS study
Fewer than half of DPS students attend schools meeting district expectations for performance, according to a new study that finds the most need for improvement at the elementary level.
February 17, 2010
Colorado Mountain degree bill advances
Colorado Mountain College wants to offer bachelor’s degrees, and the Senate Education Committee Wednesday approved the bill that would allow the college to do that.
February 12, 2010
PERA advances; 3 charter bills introduced
The House passed the PERA rescue plan Friday, and House Speaker Terrance Carroll introduced three bills intended to improve charter school quality.
February 10, 2010
Jeffco rejection of Lotus charter stands
The State Board of Education Wednesday deadlocked on an appeal filed by the Lotus School for Excellence II, a charter organization that wanted to open a science and math school in Jefferson County.
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