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August 27, 2009
New Race to Top idea surfaces
Could Colorado improve its chances to win federal Race to the Top funds by, in effect, coming up with matching funds? One state legislator thinks so.
August 18, 2009
Proposed budget cuts spare education
Gov. Bill Ritter Tuesday detailed $320 million in proposed state budget cuts and shifts designed to cover the revenue shortfall created by the recession. The plan proposes no cuts to the formula-driven state support for K-12 schools, projected to total more than $3 billion.
August 17, 2009
Fiscal health of districts analyzed
Financial practices in 43 Colorado school districts triggered “warning indicators” in the three fiscal years ending on June 30, 2008, the Legislative Audit Committee learned Monday.
August 12, 2009
SBE finally makes up mind on passing time
The State Board of Education Thursday unanimously approved a rule that allows school districts to count passing time between classes as part of overall instructional time. Some 50 Colorado school districts do count passing time, but state law and regulations were silent on whether that actually was allowed. That ambiguity had bothered some SBE members, and some wanted to bar use of passing time. But, doing that would have provoked strong complaints from some school districts.
July 29, 2009
Time to cut dear old CU loose?
Denver lawyer Herbert Fenster had a surefire way to get the attention of the Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission Wednesday – he suggested privatizing the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus and said he’s planning to file a federal lawsuit challenging the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
July 28, 2009
Fiscal stability panel saves worst for last
The legislator-citizen commission that’s studying the state fiscal system had a long day of state agency briefings Tuesday but didn’t take on two of the most serious financial issues – government employee pensions and higher education – until the end of the agenda.
July 27, 2009
Does money matter for struggling students?
Can schools do a better job helping at-risk students if they spend more money on them? It’s a question that’s been debated for years, but the answer is yes, one expert on Monday told the Interim Committee on the Study of the Financing of Public Schools.
July 23, 2009
BEST board approves $127.4 million
The state Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board has recommended $127.4 million in lease-purchase financing and cash grants in the first large round of funding under the Build Excellent Schools Today program.
July 22, 2009
First charter gets BEST money
The state Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board Wednesday approved the first grant of Build Excellent Schools Today funds to a charter school, awarding $1.3 million to The Classical Academy of Colorado Springs for a school that’s being built on the grounds of Pikes Peak Community College.
July 17, 2009
Bloomberg fumes as mayoral control looks dead for summer
Listen to the segment in its entirety right here: 07-17-09-worrs Michael Barbaro reports on the choice words Mayor Bloomberg had for the state…
July 9, 2009
Higher ed budget back in play
Colorado will seek a waiver from federal stimulus rules that require a minimum level of state support for higher education, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education learned Thursday.
July 9, 2009
Wade and Barry show highlights fiscal divide
After spending a day and a half trying to absorb brain-numbing financial presentations, printed reports and Power Point slides, it was only fair that members of the state Fiscal Stability Commission got a little entertainment Thursday afternoon.
July 5, 2009
Fiscal stability commission set to kick off
The Colorado legislature spent much of the winter and spring wrangling over money, and this summer that debate moves to a new forum – with some new voices.
June 30, 2009
A big CAP4K task is finished
Colorado’s two statewide education boards Tuesday formally adopted a description of postsecondary and workforce readiness, a key requirement of 2008’s Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids education reform program.
June 29, 2009
Beginning of the end for A23?
Some future legislative study committee may look back and conclude for the record that 2009 was the year that Amendment 23 lost its mojo.
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