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May 10, 2018
What Colorado lawmakers did for and to schools in 2018
In a world of competing priorities, education came out ahead in the Colorado General Assembly's 2018 session.
May 10, 2018
Colorado lawmakers’ pension compromise raises teacher retirement age, cuts benefits
The deal that emerged from 12 hours of negotiations Wednesday was not the deal that many people expected to see when the day started.
Carrots not sticks
May 4, 2018
Here’s how Colorado lawmakers are spending $10 million to reduce the teacher shortage
Colorado is following the path laid out by research. What will matter is how these programs are implemented and sustained over time.
March 23, 2018
Colorado schools are getting a major bump in the state’s 2018-19 budget
“We believe this is the most significant reduction in what used to be called the negative factor since it was born."
In the money
March 23, 2018
Here’s how Colorado schools would spend an extra $100 million (or more) from the state
Legislators on the Joint Budget Committee unanimously decided this week to set aside $100 million to “buy down” the budget stabilization factor.
February 6, 2018
Colorado’s superintendents want (a lot) more money for schools and a new way to divvy it up
Colorado’s superintendents want to change how the state distributes money to school districts – but only if voters approve a $1.7 billion tax increase for education.
January 12, 2018
Apprenticeships are now open for the second round of CareerWise high school students
More than half the companies that signed on for the launch of Colorado’s apprenticeship program CareerWise have renewed.
November 16, 2017
Why Gov. Hickenlooper wants to give some Colorado charter schools $5.5 million
The money would go to state-approved charter schools in an effort to close a funding gap lawmakers tried to eliminate in a landmark charter-school funding bill passed in the waning days of the 2017 state legislative session.
September 26, 2017
Here are the 25 people helping Gov. John Hickenlooper rethink the state’s public school system
Education Commissioner Katy Anthes and state Rep. Bob Rankin will serve as co-chairs for the governor's repurposed Education Leadership Council.
you better work
August 7, 2017
Hickenlooper, on national TV, calls for bipartisanship on job training for high school graduates
The Colorado governor brought up workforce training after moderator John Dickerson asked what issues besides healthcare both parties should be addressing.
money money money
October 28, 2016
Advocacy groups to Colorado elected officials: Step up and fund our schools
A coalition of education advocacy groups has fired the first shot in what’s shaping up to be a brutal battle at the statehouse next year over school funding.
September 14, 2016
With powerful backers, new Colorado apprenticeship program seeks to build ‘middle class of tomorrow’
The program, which is set to launch next fall, aims to connect 250 Colorado high school students with paid job training in its first year.
July 18, 2016
Five things to know about where Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stands on education
Hickenlooper has met with Hillary Clinton twice to discuss being her running mate.
December 20, 2013
State revenues remain on steady course; K-12 funding debate looms
New state revenue forecasts don’t significantly change the amount of money available to spend on K-12 schools, the issue expected to dominate education debates during the upcoming legislative session.
December 12, 2013
Tuition, debt dominate higher ed budget hearing
Key legislators signaled concern about tuition levels during a budget hearing Thursday, even though state colleges have promised to keep 2014-15 increases below 6 percent.
December 11, 2013
K-12 funding issues start to come into focus
The daunting school funding challenges faced by the 2014 legislature were laid out in exhaustive detail Wednesday for the Joint Budget Committee.
December 3, 2013
Study: Colorado budget woes offset by recession, but fiscal quagmire still remains
Funding for Colorado's public schools should remain stable in the coming years, according to a new fiscal forecast by an independent think tank. But the Colorado Futures Center warns the state could see a $3 billion gap between its revenue and budget by 2030.
November 14, 2013
Hick education advisors chew on A66 defeat
The comments ranged from determined to glum Thursday as members of the Education Leadership Council dissected the defeat of Amendment 66.
November 12, 2013
Advisory panel still struggling with key decision
Nearing the end of its work, the group studying possible changes in teacher licensing requirements remains undecided on a key issue – connecting license renewal to teacher evaluation.
November 12, 2013
Lawmakers looking for ways to salvage school finance law
Mike Johnston often compared his school-finance reform law to a high-powered car that just needed “gas” from Amendment 66. Now that voters have declined to pay for the fuel, many wonder whether that law can be scavenged for parts.
November 6, 2013
A66 backers try to sort out reasons for big defeat
Voter aversion to tax increases and mistrust of government doomed Amendment 66, supporters of the proposed tax increase said Tuesday night after the ballot measure went down to resounding defeat.
October 30, 2013
A66 campaigns accelerate into final days
You may have more than trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell this week as Amendment 66 campaigners hit the streets for one last push. There’s also plenty of campaign chatter online, including a Halloween-themed video.
October 28, 2013
Pro-66 campaign surpasses $10 million in contributions
Bill and Melinda Gates, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a charity founded by Steve Jobs’ widow are among major new donors to the campaign that’s pushing to pass Amendment 66.
October 8, 2013
A66 gets a business group endorsement
Colorado Succeeds, the business group that focuses on education issues, on Tuesday endorsed Amendment 66, the proposed $950 million P-12 tax increase.
November 30, 2012
Hick urges school boards to aim high
“Colorado should have the best public education system in America,” Gov. John Hickenlooper has told members of state school boards.
November 14, 2012
K-12 needs more money – with strings
Education funding is high on the list of recommendations from TBD Colorado, the group that’s been pondering the big-picture future of the state.
March 15, 2012
PERA benefits bill slips out of House
The bill that would change the way Public Employees’ Retirement Association pensions are calculated is on its way to an uncertain fate in the state Senate.
January 12, 2012
Hick calls legislature to action
Gov. John Hickenlooper wove repeated references to education into a State of the State speech that praised the values of entrepreneurship.
January 5, 2012
A peek at Hick’s “TBD Colorado”
The council that advises Gov. John Hickenlooper on education issues Thursday got a preview of a major, soon-to-be-unveiled administration initiative.
December 21, 2011
Hick appeals Lobato ruling
Gov. John Hickenlooper is appealing the Lobato court decision, but the State Board of Education is still thinking about it.
December 21, 2011
Wednesday Churn: Lobato appeal set
Updated - Gov. John Hickenlooper is appealing the Lobato court decision; State Board delays vote.
December 20, 2011
Tempered good news on K-12 funding
Improved state revenue forecasts are a nice present for school districts, but the gift isn’t as large as some might hope. With audio
December 9, 2011
Hick: Reform needs to be grassroots
State financial reform has to come from the bottom up, Gov. John Hickenlooper told the Colorado Association of School Boards convention.
November 1, 2011
Key “surprises” in Hick budget
Updated - There’s relative good news and three surprises for education in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2012-13 budget.
October 18, 2011
Tuesday Churn: Last chance
Tonight's the night for the final school board candidate debates in Denver and Jefferson County. Only two weeks until Election Day
September 20, 2011
Hick’s education council gears up
Funding isn’t necessarily supposed to be a top issue for the Education Leadership Council but the subject kept popping up at its first meeting
July 26, 2011
Garcia upbeat on chances for R2T grant
Colorado is preparing to enter a third round of competition for federal Race to the Top funds - will the state's luck change?
April 21, 2011
Checks aren’t quite in the mail
The size of next year’s cut to K-12 spending has not been lowered to $160 million – yet.
March 15, 2011
Hick, Bennet join NCLB reform push
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet Tuesday enlisted in the Obama administration’s campaign to reform the No Child Left Behind law.
March 1, 2011
Hick cool to Heath plan
Gov. John Hickenlooper was doing his best to be diplomatic, but it sure sounded like he doesn’t necessarily support a proposal to raise taxes to support education.
February 15, 2011
K-12 would take $332 million hit
State support of school districts would drop $332 million compared to current levels under a 2011-12 budget proposal announced by Gov. John Hickenlooper this afternoon.
February 11, 2011
Education bracing for big cuts
Education leaders know that cuts in state education support will be bad in 2011-12; they just don’t know yet how bad.
January 11, 2011
Garcia gets big education portfolio
It became clear Tuesday that Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will be the Hickenlooper administration’s go-to person on education. With video
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