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Thursday Churn: No higher ed surprise

What’s churning:

Updated 1 p.m. – The legislative Joint Budget Committee this morning voted 5-0 to accept the Hickenlooper administration’s recommendation for college and university funding in 2011-12 – about $519 million in state tax support.

That’s down from the $620 million colleges received this year – a large chunk of which was one-time federal stimulus funds. It’s also less than the $555 million requested by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. (Higher ed leaders figured they could survive with anything north of $500 million.)

Committee analyst Eric Kurtz actually recommended $500 million, arguing that overall college funding has left higher ed no worse off than the rest of state government during the recession. Members didn’t want to go there.

Kurtz is right – total higher ed system funding next year is expected to be more than $2 billion, about three quarters of that from tuition.

We’ll have full a full story later on EdNews, along with coverage of committee figure setting for K-12 schools. (We’ll also be updating this afternoon on our Facebook page.)

You can see the campus-by-campus impact of Hickenlooper’s plan here. The chart shows only state support. Tuition rates are expected to rise 9 percent next year. And here’s a resolution the CCHE passed last week on the subject, politely warning legislators not to cut any deeper.

What’s on tap:

The State Council for Educator Effectiveness meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday at the Holiday Inn Select Cherry Creek, 455 South Colorado Blvd.

The Colorado Children’s Campaign will release its annual Kids Count report during an 11:30 a.m. news conference in the west foyer of the Capitol. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia are scheduled to participate in the event. The campaign says the new report will highlight the negative impact of the recession on the state’s children.

The Jefferson County school board holds an executive session on employee negotiations at 7 p.m., 1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. 27, Golden.

Good reads from elsewhere:

Missing the target: More than 80 percent of the nation’s schools could be labeled as failing under the No Child Left Behind law. New York Times.

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