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Monday Churn: The week ahead


What’s churning:

Several school districts are on spring break but the legislature, nearing the two-thirds mark of its 120-day session, will be working away.

For education, the week’s calendars include several higher education and charter school bills, possible Senate floor consideration of a proposed ban on trans fats in school food, and the first Senate hearing for the parent trigger bill.

The week closes with a State Board of Education public hearing on proposed rules for appeals by teachers who lose non-probationary status because of evaluations as ineffective.

See the week’s full legislative calendar here.

What’s on tap:


The state Capital Construction Assistance Board is scheduled to meet from in room 101 at the Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave.


The State Board of Education holds a public hearing at 1 p.m. to take public testimony on proposed regulations for appeals in cases of ineffective evaluations under the new educator evaluation system. The board also will discuss legislative matters. The session will be in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave. See this page for draft rules, comments submitted to date, more information and an email link for submitting comments.

Goods read from elsewhere:

Enrollment freeze: Colorado colleges and universities may be financially strapped, but they’ve kept the doors open. The California State University system, however, is contemplating an enrollment freeze pending the outcome of funding ballot measure, the Los Angeles Times reports.

District dispute: The Denver Post weighs in on the dispute between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association on the implementation of the state’s new educator effectiveness law and the forced placement of teachers.

Suspicious scores: An investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds suspicious test scores in some 200 school districts across the country, including some in Colorado, in a comprehensive series titled Cheating Our Children.

More dispensaries warned: Colorado’s top federal prosecutor has sent another 25 letters to medical marijuana dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools, ordering them to move or face the consequences, according to Reuters news service. U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent similar letters to 23 dispensaries in January.

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.