Colorado lawmakers have plenty of big issues still hanging over their heads – congressional redistricting comes to mind – as the 2011 session heads into its final three days.
And about 15 education-related bills also are still working their way to the finish line. While education legislation this year hasn’t risen to the level of importance seen in the previous three sessions, the issues remaining to be resolved are among the most important of 2011, including higher education performance funding and financial flexibility, streamlining of some Department of Education reporting requirements, the anti-bullying bill and the proposal to bar some felons from school employment.
What’s on tap:
See this calendar for the legislative schedule.
The Jefferson County school board holds an executive session at 6 p.m. in the 4th floor Seminar Room of district headquarters, 1829 Denver West Drive, Building 27, Golden. The sole agenda item is employee negotiations.
The Cherry Creek school board meets at 7 p.m. at Cimarron Elementary School, 17373 E. Lehigh Pace in Aurora. Agenda
The Quality Teachers Commission meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Higher Education, 1560 Broadway.
The Boulder Valley School Board meets at 6 p.m. at the Education Center at 6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder. Agenda
The Poudre school board meets at 6:30 p.m., 2407 LaPorte Ave. Agenda
The State Board of Education meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The primary topic of discussion will be the recommendations of the State Council for Educator Effectiveness, presented to the board last month. The Thursday morning meeting will be a public hearing on the issue.
The board also is scheduled to formally name Robert Hammond as commissioner, consider three contentious innovation applications from DPS and be briefed on results of the latest TELL survey on school working conditions. Agenda
The St. Vrain school board meets at 7 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 395 South Pratt Parkway, Longmont.
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Value-added: The Los Angeles Times updates and expands its controversial ratings for teachers, despite requests from some civic leaders not to do so.