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Thursday Churn: All pull together

Updated 12:30 p.m. – Education got a mention, but the bulk of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s first State of the Speech speech was devoted to economic woes and the need for broad partisan and citizen cooperation to move the state toward a brighter future.

“We have important work to do together. Let’s get to it,” the governor said in concluding his 25-minute talk to a joint session of the legislature and other dignitaries.

“Education is clearly the social bedrock” of the state, he said. “No community can have sustainable economic growth” without a quality education system.

While he said he had no “magic formula” to protect education funding, Hickenlooper said, “We have a moral obligation to the children of Colorado … to see that our budget decisions avoid compromising their future.”

He also cited the recently completed higher education master plan, saying the state needs to have a serious conversation about the value of higher ed and that “This doesn’t have to be the time to limit our investments and our ambitions.” Education got about three minutes of the speech.

He said budget balancing “will perhaps be the most important legacy of this session” and talked at length about how government needs to rethink how it works.

Read the full text, courtesy of our partners at State Bill Colorado.

What’s churning:

Jefferson County school board members meet for their first public discussion of a proposed five-year facilities plan, which includes the closure or consolidation of up to 16 schools. Board members heard the plan last week, at the end of a long meeting, and meet today to talk about how to proceed.

You can see a video of Superintendent Cindy Stevenson talking about the plan here, and read EdNews’ coverage, including links to the presentation to board members and the proposed plan, here. Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the usual place, 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden. See the agenda here.

What’s on tap:

The State Board of Education gathers at 9 a.m. for a second day of its January meeting. The board will hear a report from its search firm on the hunt for a successor to Dwight Jones. Also scheduled is a presentation by Jones predecessor, William Moloney, on a report he’s done suggesting how schools can get by with less money. Molony is now part of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University. Agenda

The State Council for Educator Effectiveness starts a three-day retreat at 8 a.m. The group is expected to start shaping up the recommendations it will make to SBE next spring. The sessions will be in the Ruffatto Hall Community Board Room at the University of Denver. The meetings are open, but no public comment will be taken.

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