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Monday Churn: New CEA chief


What’s churning:

Kerrie Dallman, veteran president of the Jefferson County Education Association, was elected president of the Colorado Education Association during the union’s weekend delegate assembly. She takes office in July.

Dallman also is a member of the State Council for Educator Effectiveness, the group that has played a central role in developing the regulations for implementation of the state’s new teacher and principal effectiveness law.

Amie Baca-Oehlert, also a member of the council, was elected CEA vice president. She is president of the District Twelve Education Association in Adams County.

Current CEA President Beverly Ingle, who’s served two three-year terms, is retiring from teaching. Ingle taught in elementary and middle schools during a 30-plus year teaching career, most recently in the Cherry Creek School District.

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel praised Ingle for her “legacy of leadership” during a video message played Friday morning at the delegate assembly. See full press release.

What’s on tap:

Today starts the last full week of the 2012 legislative session, and several key education bills remain to be decided. Check the calendar (as of Friday) here. Things change quickly during a session’s closing days, so watch EdNews daily for the latest developments.


The Colorado State University Board of Governors starts two days of meetings at the Lory Student Center on campus in Fort Collins. Committee meetings are on Tuesday, and the full board meets Wednesday. Agenda

The Aurora school board has a 6 p.m. meeting scheduled in the Mount Massive Room of the Professional Learning and Conference Center, 15771 E. 1st Ave. The agenda includes presentation of a draft copy of the proposed 2012-13 budget, which returns for a final vote May 15, along with approval of an amended 2012-13 calendar, which provides a 175-day school year plus another 23 days of “fifth block,” additional instruction for selected students. The board also is scheduled to meet in closed session before and after the 6 p.m. board meeting, to discuss personnel issues and strategy for negotiations.

The Douglas County board has a 7 p.m. session scheduled at the administration building, 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock. The agenda includes an update on the 2012-13 budget and a report on high school scheduling changes under the new budget, which is based on high school teachers taking on an additional class next year.


Colorado Seniors4Kids launches with a 10 a.m. press conference on the west steps of the Capitol building. The new group aims to be “a new ally for the policies and investments that will help Colorado’s children thrive and succeed,” according to a media release. Various state lawmakers will be on hand and speakers are scheduled to include Rocky Mountain PBS president Doug Price, Colorado Children’s Campaign CEO Chris Watney and Generations United executive director Donna Butts.

The Adams 12-Five Star board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. The agenda includes proposals to revise school board member districts to meet the state legal requirement that board members’ districts “shall be contiguous, compact, and as nearly equal in population as possible.” The board also has scheduled a closed session to discuss employee contract negotiations.


Jefferson County school board members meet at 5 p.m. for a study session and at 6 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting, held at 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden. The agenda includes a proposal to change the name of Alameda High School to Alameda International High School, because of the school’s International Baccalaureate program, and a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget.


The Colorado Commission on Higher Education meets at 1 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the Capitol.

Good reads from elsewhere:

Miles’ hiring is official: Mike Miles, superintendent of the Harrison School District, has been hired as the new superintendent of the Dallas schools. The Texas board voted 8-0 late last week to offer Miles a three-year contract at $300,000 a year. He begins work immediately, according to this story from The Associated Press.

Young not outpacing parents: Almost every generation has had substantially more education than that of its parents. But that’s no longer true, according to a study by two Harvard economists that’s reported in The Wall Street Journal.

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.