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Wednesday churn: Lawmakers back at it


What’s churning

The House and Senate education committees have a busy morning, starting with a 7:30 a.m. informational session to hear from education interest groups about state mandates, reporting requirements and reform initiatives they’d like to see reduced or change. That issue is expected to jell into legislation later in the session.

The two committees will also hear a presentation on state school trust lands. Later in the morning, after floor sessions are adjourned, the committees will reconvene with the Joint Budget Committee for a briefing on the always-gloomy subject of school finance.

In case you missed it, educators across the state are encouraged to participate in “TELL Colorado,” a statewide online survey of teaching and learning conditions in Colorado schools.

“We are committed to helping ensure that every educator in Colorado has what they need to do their best work with our children,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a news release. “Through TELL Colorado, educators have the opportunity to anonymously report information about their school and the types of supports available to them. We are listening.”

Among key findings of the 2009 TELL survey:

  • Leadership is the most important condition affecting a teacher’s willingness to stay in their school. Teachers who say they plan to remain in their schools are more than twice as likely to report trusting and supportive environments.
  • Teachers and principals’ perceptions of school conditions vary significantly. Eight of ten principals agree teachers have an appropriate level of influence on school decisions while only 4 of ten teachers agree.
  • New teachers are not systemically supported. Almost one-fifth of new teachers report not being assigned a mentor. Of those who are mentored, more than one-quarter never developed lesson plans, were observed by or analyzed student work with their mentor.

Read the press release for more about how to complete this year’s TELL survey, which is open through Feb. 28. Click here to learn more about the 2009 results.

What’s on tap:

The Metro State trustees meet in the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria campus, starting with an executive session at 8 a.m. Agenda

CANCELED – The Adams 12-Five Star school board meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to weather.

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