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Colorado General Assembly 2017
getting to know you
June 27, 2017
These 10 Colorado lawmakers are rethinking how the state pays for its public schools
Leaders in both parties and chambers and members throughout the state’s education community believe the funding system is outdated and in need of a massive overhaul.
May 3, 2017
Two Colorado educators spent months crafting a piece of legislation. Now it’s about to become state law.
The two teachers are part of a fellowship that aims to get teachers more involved in creating policy, rather than reacting to it.
Show me the money
May 1, 2017
Colorado rural school aid bill turns into tug-of-war about who should get how much
As part of the new deal that was reached, the state would raise money for schools by increasing taxes on recreational marijuana to 15 percent, the maximum allowed.
maybe next year
April 26, 2017
Senate Republicans kill bill that would have taken broad look at public education in Colorado
The death of House Bill 1287 puts another bipartisan piece of legislation on shaky ground.
the fiscal thicket
April 26, 2017
Everyone hates how Colorado funds its schools. So who is going to fix it?
Multiple efforts to stave off a financial crisis for schools are under way, including legislation that would create a committee to develop a new way to fund schools.
April 24, 2017
Is Colorado’s school ‘vision bill’ doomed?
Senate leadership question the bill's intent.
April 11, 2017
Rural aid package, including $400 million for rural schools, advances in Colorado Senate
Even with enough votes to get out of the Republican-controlled Senate — something unimaginable just a few months ago — the bill’s fate remains uncertain.
April 10, 2017
Colorado rural schools, many strapped for cash, could get a boost from lawmakers
Colorado rural schools shouldn’t cash any checks just yet. Both political parties would need to make major concessions for it to advance.
April 7, 2017
The new-look SAT is here, ushering in more changes to how Colorado tests kids
The shift from the ACT, to the SAT comes as the state continues to refine its testing system amid a public backlash against standardized tests.
Give a little - take a little
April 6, 2017
Colorado lawmakers reach compromise on reading test controversy
A years-long controversy over what language Colorado schools should use to test the reading skills of young English language learners appears to be over.
March 30, 2017
Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran says charter school funding bill needs to address equity
Duran didn’t say when she’d make a decision about a committee assignment.
March 30, 2017
Colorado schools will see slight increase in funding under budget approved by Senate
Some worry the extra money won't be enough to help schools pay for increased costs.
March 28, 2017
In Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Colorado’s teachers union finds a useful face for the opposition
The union isn’t the only group using DeVos’s image to oppose legislation making its way through the statehouse.
Not ready for prime time
March 20, 2017
Lawmaker kills bill that would have allowed unlicensed teachers in rural Colorado classrooms
Along with providing flexibility on hiring unlicensed teachers, House Bill 1178 would have created a process for rural schools to receive waivers from state law.
cloudy with a chance of cuts
March 17, 2017
Colorado schools face an uphill battle as lawmakers wrestle with budget
The impact on schools is unclear. But a growing consensus from budget officials, lawmakers and observers is that the state’s education funding shortfall will grow.
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