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School funding and finance
Going easy on the voters
August 4, 2015
Most districts may take a pass on asking for tax hikes
It looks like that a relative handful of Colorado school districts will ask their voters for tax increases this year, a sharp contrast with the crowded ballots of 2014.
July 31, 2015
Hick: Educators need to make grassroots case for more money
Gov. John Hickenlooper told school administrators that something must be done to improve Colorado K-12 funding - he just wasn’t specific on what exactly that something should be.
June 3, 2015
Lawyers offer clashing views on Colorado school funding shortfall
The two sides in a key school funding case offered sharply different interpretations in oral arguments before the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday.
April 30, 2015
District liability bill gets initial House approval
Major bills on school district liability, the state pension system and budget adjustments that could help education were the focus of long Capitol debates Thursday.
April 23, 2015
Modest testing reduction bill advances in Senate
The Senate has advanced bills to reduce state testing and to fund the state's schools in 2015-16.
April 16, 2015
Senate Education passes “very small” K-12 funding bill
The most modest school-funding bill in recent memory was passed 9-0 Thursday by the Senate Education Committee after some member handwringing about K-12 finance woes.
April 14, 2015
Colorado schools likely won’t see big increase in revenue as once hoped
It’s been apparent in recent weeks that schools would receive only a modest funding increase next year, and the new school finance bill confirms that.
March 31, 2015
Rural flexibility bill includes $10 million for small districts
Rep. Jim Wilson is continuing his crusade to relieve small rural districts of state regulatory burdens, and he wants to give them some extra money as well.
March 24, 2015
Tuition tax credits bill moves on to the House
The Senate Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would create a system of state income tax credits for private school tuition.
March 19, 2015
First draft of 2015-16 school funding bill starts circulating
Education lobbyists and others who’ve been nervous about when they’d see a 2015-16 school-funding bill now have something to chew on.
The cost of reform
March 10, 2015
Budget panel gives ed department half a loaf amid staffing controversy
The Colorado legislative Joint Budget Committee Tuesday agreed to fund five of the seven staff positions the Department of Education had requested to help districts with teacher evaluation and rollout of new standards.
First bills out of the gate
January 7, 2015
New bill would roll back key element of evaluations
One of the first education bills introduced in the 2015 legislative session would eliminate a major part of the state’s educator evaluation system. It’s expected to spark some lively debate, even if its chances of passage are unlikely.
December 22, 2014
Revenue forecasts highlight state’s budget dilemma
The improving economy continues to pump increased revenues into the state’s coffers, but constitutional limitations likely will reduce how much of that money lawmakers can spend during the 2015 session.
Garcia takes a stand
December 5, 2014
Garcia: Colorado “can’t back down” on education reform
“We know we can’t stray from the path of high standards, rigorous assessments and educator effectiveness,” Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia has told an audience of school board members and administrators.
December 4, 2014
Returning Democratic lawmaker vows testing cutback
New state Sen. Mike Merrifield draw applause from school board members Thursday when he promised, “I will definitely carry some legislation that will push back on the amount of testing that I think is drowning our education system.”
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