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School funding and finance
May 5, 2014
“It’s haircut day” for school finance bills
A House-Senate conference committee on Monday nipped and tucked various elements of the 2014-15 School Finance Act and snapped up about $30 million in federal mineral revenues for school spending, reaching a compromise in the dispute over how to pay for a stack of this year’s education bills.
Politics & Policy
April 30, 2014
Success Act clears Senate by wide margin
Updated May 1, 9:30 a.m. – The Senate voted 33-2 Thursday morning to pass the Student Success Act, the session’s major piece of education funding…
Frustrating night in the Senate
April 29, 2014
Unresolved transparency fight stalls Success Act
After months of work on 2014’s major school finance bill, the debate boiled down to late-evening haggling inside and outside the Senate chamber about how schools and districts should report their financial information on the Web. Given the inability to reach agreement on the issue, Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath laid the bill over until Wednesday.
April 24, 2014
Fresh amendments tweak Success Act yet again
Taking only five minutes to vote, the Senate Finance Committee Thursday – without debate - undid some key amendments that had been tacked on to the Student Success Act by a different Senate panel.
April 22, 2014
Success Act negotiations get more time
A showdown over contentious parts of the Student Success Act didn’t materialize Tuesday after Sen. Mike Johnston, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, delayed action…
Dollars for schools
April 14, 2014
Republicans grouse about earmarked spending
Reducing the negative factor, the state’s $1.4 billion school funding shortfall, has gotten most of the attention this year, but there are plenty of bills floating around that propose spending money on a variety of other education programs. A couple of Republican House members put a spotlight on some of those bills Monday with unsuccessful arguments against the measures.
A lively finance fight
April 9, 2014
House gives strong majorities to school funding bills
The 2014 legislative session’s two key school funding bills won preliminary House approval Wednesday, both with significant amendments that reflect the intense lobbying pressure focused on the measures as they worked their way through the House over the last six weeks.
April 4, 2014
Updated: Success Act gets some important tweaks
Updated 11:45 a.m. – The House Appropriations Committee Friday approved the Student Success Act on a 13-0 vote after adding key amendments, including a $110…
April 3, 2014
Party lines sharply drawn on Common Core, PARCC
During a procedural roll-call vote early Thursday evening, all 17 Republican senators voted for a motion to pull $16.8 million in funding for the coming PARCC tests from the proposed 2014-15 state budget. Senators also had a running debate over college construction projects.
April 1, 2014
The legislative habit of gambling on the future
One of the many peculiarities of Colorado’s complex state budgeting process is the legislature’s weakness for promising to spend money before it’s even collected. This year that impulse may force a tradeoff between K-12 and higher education.
School finance tweaks
March 19, 2014
Some key school finance decisions left for Senate
Two important school finance bills moved smoothly out of the House Education Committee on Wednesday, but some touchy major issues will be left for the Senate.
Negative factor fight
March 18, 2014
Revenue forecasts don’t change much for school finance debate
The newly issued state revenue forecasts aren’t substantially different from projections made before the 2014 legislative session opened, meaning about the same amount of money remains in play for this year’s K-12 funding debate.
Battling for dollars
March 10, 2014
School finance differences spark historic debate
The Capitol debate over school finance this year has reached a level of intensity not seen since 2010’s battle over teacher evaluations. Facing off are school districts that want significant restoration of past budget cuts and lawmakers and education reform groups who are trying to save pieces of 2013’s comprehensive school finance overhaul.
Marathon finance debate
March 3, 2014
Marathon hearing sets stage for more negotiations
All the anxieties about the proposed Student Success Act, chewed over in countless informal meetings during the last several weeks, were laid out in exhaustive public detail Monday during a 6 1/2-hour House Education Committee hearing.
February 12, 2014
House panel endorses study of minority teacher pipeline; school finance law remains on ice
An articulate seventh grader helped to convince the House Education Committee to pass a bill that would require the Department of Education to study the shortage of minority teachers and develop ways to recruit, develop and retain more of them.
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