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Tuesday Churn: New education laws

What’s churning:

Gov. John Hickenlooper Monday signed five of the education bills passed during the 2011 session, leaving only a couple of minor measures outstanding.

The measures signed Monday included some of the more noteworthy bills of the session. Here’s the list:

  • Senate Bill 12-068 – Banning use of added trans fats in foods served at school (although there are several exemptions)
  • House Bill 12-1155 – Giving colleges more flexibility in how they offer remedial education to incoming students
  • House Bill 12-1261 – Setting up a system of stipends for nationally board certified teachers who work at high-needs schools
  • House Bill 12-1240 – Cleaning up various state education laws, including delaying some aspects of the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids
  • House Bill 12-1331 – Converting Western State College to Western State Colorado University

Only two more education bills await action by the governor. House Bill 12-1330 would extend resident tuition rates to some military dependents, and Senate Bill 12-036 would require parent consent for students to take most kinds of questionnaires and surveys at school. Hickenlooper has until Friday to act on remaining 2011 bills.

Check our Education Bill Tracker for a full list of education bills signed by the governor and for the bills that didn’t make it. The Tracker also has links to final texts of bills that passed.

The DSST Public Schools has received a $1 million gift from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation to be used to pay for the network’s Teacher Career Pathway program, which will develop and implement ways to evaluate, develop and retain outstanding teachers.

The foundation, started by John Sie, founder of Starz Entertainment Group, has donated to DSST in the past, including a grant to finish the system’s first building, Stapleton High School. News release

Hickenlooper has reappointed 13 current members of the 15-member State Council on Educator Effectiveness, which has laid much of the groundwork for the educator evaluation system created by Senate Bill 10-191. The council is still working on recommendations for implementing the rest of the system, including how to evaluate licensed personnel other than classroom teachers.

Most of the 13 are people who’ve served on the council since it was formed in 2010. There are vacancies for member slots representing charter schools and students. List of reappointed members

Jennifer Draper Carson, an unsuccessful 2011 Denver school board candidate, has joined the staff of Stand for Children as Denver metro director. She’ll lead organizing efforts in DPS, Aurora and Westminster. News release

What’s on tap:

TODAY

The Aurora board will hold a public comment session on the proposed 2012-13 budget at 6 p.m. at the Professional Learning and Conference Center,
15771 E 1st Ave. Budget plan information

The Douglas County board has a 7 p.m. meeting scheduled at the district offices, 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock. Agenda
WEDNESDAY

The Adams 12-Five Star board has a 7 p.m. meeting scheduled at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. The meeting includes as public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget. Agenda

THURSDAY

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education meets at 1 p.m. at Otero Junior College in La Junta. Agenda

The Educational Success Task Force, a group of legislators and educators that has been studying how to improve student success at key transition points in their education, meets from 1-3 p.m. at the community college system offices, 9101 E. Lowry Blvd. More information on the task force

The Denver board has a work session scheduled at 4:30 p.m. at the district offices.

The Jefferson County board has a packed session scheduled starting at 5 p.m. at Education Services Center, 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden. The agenda includes discussion of and an expected vote on the proposed bond and override election in November and a vote on the 2012-13 budget. Agenda

Good reads from elsewhere:

Students against fracking: As oil and gas exploration moves closer to developed areas in northeastern Colorado, students are among those raising concerns about drilling and hydraulic fracturing, according to this article in a series by ColoradoIndependent.com.

Reform trifecta: A single bill moving through the North Carolina legislature would hold back third graders with weak reading skills, abolish teacher tenure and set up an A-to-F grading system for schools, according to Newsobserver.com.

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

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