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Tracking the local, state, and national developments in policy and legislation that will matter to teachers and students.
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.
June 25, 2009
More stats for the fiscal debate
Colorado ranks 47th in the nation in total state spending per $1,000 dollars of personal income, and 45th in state spending per capita, according to a study released Thursday by the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute.
June 23, 2009
Judge puts campaign amendment on ice
Denver District Judge Catherine Lemon Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the 2008 constitutional amendment that severely restricts political campaign contributions. The amendment was challenged in court by a broad coalition of civic leaders and labor groups, including teachers’ unions.
June 23, 2009
Control No. 3 on today's "basically noncontroversial" agenda
This is the memo Governor Paterson sent out listing the order of business for today's special Senate session. He's called the items "basically non-controversial." Mayoral control is No. 3, and Paterson plans to introduce a copy of the bill the Assembly passed last week — the one that Mayor Bloomberg supports, without too many "tweaks." The session starts at 3 p.m., but of course, in order to vote, the senators have to know who's in charge. And they still don't. (Postscript: Here's why people don't like the Wicks Law.) The full agenda:
June 22, 2009
Hidden bummer factors abound for education
The headline from the June state revenue forecasts is bad enough - Colorado state government faces a cumulative general fund revenue shortfall of $838 million through the middle of 2012, meaning no respite from budget cutting and fund shifting. But, while higher education actually may be somewhat shielded from further cuts, the fine print of the forecasts contains some disheartening news for K-12 schools.
June 19, 2009
Race to Top pace slows
The “golden ticket” of the Race to the Top, the competitive portion of the federal stimulus law that’s focused on education reform, seems to be receding further into the future.
June 11, 2009
Ritter: Money not sole answer for higher ed woes
The present financial crisis in higher education may be an opportunity for meaningful reform, Gov. Bill Ritter told an audience of educators and administrators Thursday.
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