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Friday Churn: College Friday

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Today is College Friday, an annual event organized by College in Colorado, the state agency that works to get more students into college. College Friday is a promotional event designed to raise public – and student awareness – about the importance of higher education.

The event’s gimmick is a simple one – people are encouraged to wear their college gear to create awareness. College in Colorado offers incentives like freebies and discounts and merchants to encourage people to haul those old sweatshirts and caps out of the closet. Check here for a list of freebies available today if you’re wearing college gear.

“By 2018, 67 percent of jobs in Colorado will require a postsecondary education. Now more than ever is the time for our Colorado students to continue their education beyond high school. As a community, we need to remind our Colorado students that higher education is tangible and that we are supporting their future dreams,” said Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director of College In Colorado. “College Friday is a fun and easy way to open the door to the conversation about pursuing higher education.”

The observance includes more serious events, like campus visits by students. And Colorado State University Global Campus is waiving its application fee through Monday as part of the event.

Get more information about College in Colorado here.

Good reads from elsewhere:

Reform AND money?: Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner talks with Chris Watney of the Colorado Children’s Campaign about that eternal question – money or reform first? – and gets details on the Colorado School Finance Partnership in this Colorado Public Radio report.

Cherry Creek bond: A planning committee is recommending that the Cherry Creek Schools ask voters for a $125 million bond issue this fall. Much of the money would be used for expansion at Cherokee Trail and Grandview high schools. The bond issue wouldn’t raise taxes, according to this story in The Villager newspaper.

Wisconsin early literacy: An early childhood literacy bill is still working its way through the Colorado legislature, but in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that includes new literacy screening tests in kindergarten and the early grades. The bill also requires that half of teacher evaluations be based on student academic achievement. Get the details from the Wausau Daily Herald.

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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