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Wednesday Churn: Regents talk tuition

What’s churning:

The University of Colorado Board of Regents convenes for a special meeting today in Denver, and the hot item of 2012-13 resident undergraduate tuition is on the agenda.

In January, CU administrators floated a proposal for a 15.7 percent hike. That itself made some regents nervous, but a series of Boulder Daily Camera articles about raises for top Boulder administrators, double-dipping by a few part-time administrators and divisions on the board have increased the level of controversy.

CU President Bruce Benson felt the need to respond to the controversy in this article posted on the university website.

While a fresh tuition discussion is part of today’s meeting, a decision isn’t expected until later in the spring. The public part of the meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room at 1800 Grant St. in Denver. Agenda

Data geeks interested in comparing Colorado’s statewide education reforms with those of other states can check out the newly updated State Education Reforms website maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. The site tracks state-level education reform policies in five areas – accountability, assessment and standards, staff qualifications and development, state support for school choice and other options, and student readiness and progress through school.

Good reads from elsewhere:

Censoring students: The Denver Post weighs in with an editorial criticizing three recent attempts to censor student newspaper and yearbook staffs across Colorado.

Power of nonfiction: A study released Monday finds students engaged in a literacy curriculum emphasizing nonfiction texts outperformed their peers, according to The New York Times.

Hispanic-serving institutions: Texas and California institutions dominate a recently issued list of top U.S. colleges and universities for graduating Hispanic students, according to this story in the Texas Tribune. No Colorado institutions were on the lists of two- or four-year schools. Read full report here.

Reform in Wyoming: As it rushed to adjourn, the Wyoming legislature approved an education reform plan that includes new tests, student growth measures and a school accountability system. The Billings Gazette has the details.

The EdNews’ Churn is a daily roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at EdNews@EdNewsColorado.org.

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