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Monday Churn: Lots to watch

What’s churning:

The Legislative Audit Committee is expected to vote Tuesday on the request by Senate President Brandon Schafer to conduct an “emergency” audit of online education programs. Shaffer, D-Longmont, made the request for the audit in late September, just days before publication of an Education News Colorado/Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network series about serious concerns with online schools and state regulation. Read the series.

In September, the committee voted to have State Auditor Diane Ray review the feasibility of such an audit. The panel is expected to hear her report on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the State Board of Education is expected to vote on adoption of proposed regulations to implement the principal and teacher evaluation systems called for in Senate Bill 10-191. While adoption of rules makes an important step, the regulations are expected to be tweaked over the next couple of years based on the experience of pilot programs now getting underway. More info on the draft rules

And on Thursday, the SBE will hear presentations from representatives of SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Presentation and the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Those two groups are developing multi-state tests that could eventually replace the CSAPs. The board and the Department of Education may have fresh interest in those tests because Gov. John Hickenlooper has declined to include money for new test development in his 2012-13 budget.

CDE had asked for $25 million to develop new Colorado-only tests, to be ready for 2014. Neither of the consortia’s tests is expected to be ready before 2015 at the earliest.

What’s on tap:


Denver Public Schools board members have scheduled a special public comment session at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 900 Grant St. Speakers’ list


The governor’s Education Leadership Council meets from 9 a.m. to noon at the carriage house of the Governor’s Mansion. Agenda

The Legislature Audit Committee will consider requests for new audits, including an audit of online education programs. That’s scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

Legislative Council meets at 1:30 p.m. in room 0112 of the Capitol to consider bills approved by study committees, including several of interest to education. Agenda

The Denver school board’s finance and audit committee meets from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m at 900 Grant St. The agenda includes approval of the district’s contract with Pepsi and a request to amend all charter school Facility Use Agreements to specify why a charter’s FUA may be terminated.

Aurora school board members meet at 6 p.m. at 1085 Peoria St. The agenda includes a brief swearing-in ceremony for new board members and an hour-long workshop on the district’s strategic plan, VISTA 2015.


The State Board of Education convenes at 9 a.m. for a meeting that includes a vote on proposed regulations for implementation of Senate bill 10-191, the educator effectiveness law. The meeting continues on Thursday. The sessions are at the Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave. Agenda

The CU Board of Regents opens a two-day meeting, starting at 1 p.m. The session is at the Boulder East Campus, 4001 Discovery Drive. Agenda


Denver Public Schools board members have a 4:30 p.m. work session and a 6:30 p.m. public comment session at 900 Grant St. The agenda includes presentations on West Leadership Academy and Merrill Middle School. You can now watch DPS board meetings on the web here.

Aurora Public Schools is hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. to introduce new board members, provide updates on district activities and respond to questions from audience members. Parents, students and community members who attend are eligible to win a free iPad. It’s at the district’s professional learning and conference center, 15771 E. 1st Ave. in Aurora. More info

Jefferson County’s school board has a special 7 p.m. meeting to swear in new members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper, who were elected Nov. 1. It’s at district headquarters, 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden. Agenda

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