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Colorado Votes 2018
June 14, 2018
Where candidates in the Colorado Democratic primary stand on education issues
Chalkbeat Colorado asked the Democratic candidates for governor about their own educational experiences, school funding, achievement gaps, and more.
June 7, 2018
Fact checking the Colorado governor’s race: The truth behind 5 claims dividing Democratic contenders
As the Colorado Democratic primary nears, candidates for governor are using old education positions to highlight small policy differences.
May 31, 2018
How education reform became a wedge issue among Colorado Democrats this election year
This election season has the potential to change what’s considered mainstream Democratic education policy in Colorado.
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April 6, 2018
Colorado gubernatorial hopeful Mike Johnston, known as an education reformer, says what schools really need is money
Johnston released an education platform this week that hinges on a major tax reform and calls for free full-day kindergarten and higher pay for teachers.
February 28, 2018
Gubernatorial candidate Noel Ginsburg wants to do away with Colorado’s educator effectiveness law
Businessman Noel Ginsburg's education platform calls for high-quality apprenticeships, more money for schools, and the repeal of key education reform legislation.
August 19, 2014
Colorado senator talks “the trouble with tenure”
In an opinion piece titled “The Trouble with Tenure,” New York Times columnist Frank Bruni talked with Colorado’s loudest champion of education reform about teacher…
July 8, 2014
Sen. Mike Johnston: Districts have “a lot of freedom” under SB191
In an interview with Chalkbeat Colorado, Sen. Mike Johnston discusses the issues facing rural districts as they implement the state's new teacher evaluations and what urban districts can learn from their rural colleagues.
June 19, 2014
Holyoke district hopes to modify state education reforms for rural schools
A rural Colorado school district hopes to become the second in the state to make use of a law that allows districts to request flexibility…
December 4, 2013
Licensing panel finishes work; divisions remain
Lawmakers working on teacher licensing legislation finally got some formal – but mixed -- advice from a panel that’s been studying the issue since early August.
November 20, 2013
Panel: Mourning Amendment 66 clouds next steps for school finance
A panel of district leaders, activists and the designer of Amendment 66 gathered Tuesday night to discuss how Colorado should move forward after voters here rejected a tax increase to overhaul education finance. But the panel of five wasn't ready to have that conversation.
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.
July 2, 2009
The lobbying group challenging teachers unions takes on America
A screenshot from ##http://www.dfer.org/##DFER's web site## advertises four new branches. (The Florida branch is yet to be official, according to executive director Joe Williams.) The lobbying group whose H.R. recommendations virtually staffed President Obama's Education Department is spreading its "reform" tentacles. Democrats for Education Reform now has branches in Missouri, Colorado, and Wisconsin, in addition to its hometown, New York, and the organization plans to be in 10 states by 2011, executive director Joe Williams told me earlier this week. "We have very good conditions at the federal level right now for at least talking about reform, but we're really talking about what at the end of the day is a local issue," Williams said. "So the strength of any national organization like ours is really going to come down to how strong its local units are." The new branches are mostly self-sustaining, relying on leadership from volunteer boards and local residents already active in education. "It's a lot of people who were doing a lot of work on reform, but there was no political arm to engage at the political level," Williams said. What Williams calls DFER's "outpost" in Colorado is a case study for its plans elsewhere. Rather than generate policy ideas, the organization focuses on raising money for candidates who support its favored brand of changes to education — policies like charter schools, merit pay, and higher teaching standards. Among the Colorado officials DFER supports is Mike Johnston, who advised candidate Obama's presidential campaign and replaced the president of Colorado's state senate, Peter Groff, after he joined President Obama's education department.
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