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November 17, 2011
Tax amnesty a “miserable failure”
An attempt to raise funds for education through a state tax amnesty has yielded a lot less cash than legislators hoped.
September 27, 2011
Auditor to consider online schools’ review
A top legislator's request for an audit of state online education programs is moving ahead.
July 11, 2011
PERA had good year in 2010
The Public Employees’ Retirement Association had a profitable investing year in 2010 but still is feeling a hangover from the market plunge in 2008.
June 1, 2011
Might Colorado's school funding picture change?
Paul Teske is Dean and University of Colorado Distinguished Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. (These views represent the personal opinions of the author and may not reflect the position of the University of Colorado Denver or the University of Colorado system). As we start summer – the real, post-Memorial Day, school is out, summer – it is worth reflecting on the near-term future of education funding in Colorado. The legislature recently finished its session, which focused mainly upon budget cuts. Both higher ed and K-12 took cuts, but in the end, these cuts were somewhat less than some feared (higher ed), or less than the original level of cuts (for K-12). Remarkably, as the session ended, the fact that that cuts could have been worse seems to have been spun as mainly good news. EdNews recently linked to new U.S. Census data that ranks Colorado’s per pupil K-12 spending (all revenues divided by number of students) as 40th among the 51 states (including DC). That 2008-9 data is now two academic years behind – two years, by the way, full of deeper cuts in Colorado (and some cuts in some other states, too, to be sure). Consistent with other data on this subject, the Census Bureau shows Colorado spending about $2,000 per pupil below the national average. I will leave it to others to figure out more precisely what $2,000 per pupil could buy. It would seem, in a single class of 25 students, even if only two-thirds of funds were spent in the classroom, it would buy $33,000 worth of extra instruction for the students in that single classroom – a para-professional, lots of useful technological aides, or whatever students need most. READ THE REST OF THIS STORY IN THE BLOG ARCHIVE
May 19, 2011
Analysis: Sorting out the 2011 session
The 2011 legislative session won’t go down in history as having a significant impact on education policy. But even quiet sessions have consequences.
May 11, 2011
“Spare change” education bills last to pass
Even a few education bills got caught up in the last-day madness at the 2011 legislature.
May 10, 2011
Big bills, little debate
Bills with important implications for the future of public higher education breezed through in the 2011 legislature’s last days.
May 9, 2011
Higher ed performance bill passes
Updated - The higher education performance funding bill is on its way to the governor.
May 8, 2011
Legislative education calendar May 9-11
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for May 9-11.
May 6, 2011
Tight budget bill now law
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the 2011-12 budget bill, marking a key step in a contentious and unhappy process that started more than six months ago.
May 5, 2011
“Mandates” bill headed to Senate floor
The Senate Education Committee Thursday added its own tweaks to the much-massaged House Bill 11-1277, a measure that proposes changes in multiple Department of Education requirements and reporting deadlines.
May 4, 2011
Senate passes bullying bill
Updated - The Senate has passed House Bill 11-1254, the anti-bullying bill, on a 23-10 vote.
May 3, 2011
“Felons” bill passes after key change
Bills concerning school employment of felons and higher education financial policies have advanced in the legislature.
May 2, 2011
Lawmakers tackle backlogged bills
Both the full Senate and the House Education Committee Monday advanced several education measures, all of which started in the Senate and need to clear the House by May 11, the last day of the 2011 session.
May 1, 2011
Legislative education calendar May 2-6
This is the calendar of education-related bill hearings and events for May 2-6
April 25, 2011
ASSET bill dead for 2011
The proposal to grant undocumented students a form of resident college tuition was killed in the House Education Committee Monday evening.
April 22, 2011
Legislative education calendar April 25-29
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for April 25-29, as of April 21.
April 19, 2011
Bill would give colleges greater freedom
A bill introduced in the House Tuesday would give state colleges and universities greater autonomy in use of student fees, personnel matters and construction projects, plus additional flexibility in other administrative areas.
April 18, 2011
Massey wants to trim the cut
A plan to trim K-12 cuts from $250 to $160 million could be debated next week and a bill to drop some CSAP tests is coming.
April 17, 2011
Legislative education calendar April 18-22
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for April 18-22, as of April 15.
April 15, 2011
ASSET bill headed to House
Updated - The Senate Monday gave final approval to Senate Bill 11-126 on a 20-15 party-line vote.
April 13, 2011
Don’t count the money yet
A bill passed by the Senate Education Committee Wednesday theoretically could take the 2011-12 cut in K-12 education below $200 million.
April 12, 2011
$250 million cut may not be set in stone
Just because the Senate has passed a budget that includes a $250 million slice from school funding doesn’t mean some lawmakers aren’t trying to shrink the cut.
April 11, 2011
Senate passes budget, school bills
The Senate on Monday passed the 2011-12 budget and school finance bills by wide margins, but not without last-minute rhetoric.
April 10, 2011
Legislative education calendar April 10-15
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for April 4-8, as of April 1.
April 7, 2011
Senate passes school finance bill
Updated - The Senate Friday gave preliminary approval to Senate Bill 11-230, the 2011-12 school finance bill that cuts $250 million in K-12 funding.
April 6, 2011
How the K-12 cut works
An interlocking set of bills is behind the complex legislative machinery that drives school funding.
April 5, 2011
Schools get good news, sort of
Schools will have $82 million more than expected to spend next year, but that's still $250 million less than this year. With district info
April 4, 2011
Parent involvement bill passes Senate
Budget discussions dominated Monday at the Capitol, but two education bills advanced in the Senate and House.
April 2, 2011
Legislative education calendar April 4-8
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for April 4-8.
March 30, 2011
Licensing bill passes Senate Ed
The Senate Education Committee voted 8-0 Wednesday to pass House Bill 11-1201, the measure designed to reduce the Department of Education’s educator licensing backlog.
March 29, 2011
State finds another $75 million
The Joint Budget Committee learned Tuesday that it may have to cut $75 million less than expected from next year's budget.
March 28, 2011
District mandates bill reworked
State “mandates” are a longstanding sore point for Colorado school districts, but a pending bill on the issue touches on only a few areas of state regulation.
March 27, 2011
Legislative education calendar March 28-April 1
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for March 28-April 1, as of March 25.
March 24, 2011
One too many years of cuts
Proposed school budget reductions next year may be the cuts that really damage the state's education system, legislators were told Thursday. Video
March 23, 2011
Brutal day for education bills
The “kill committees” did their work Wednesday, defeating bills on charter facilities, state aid for private college students and regulation of school-management firms.
March 22, 2011
Bullying bill passes House
Updated - The House voted 47-18 this morning to pass House Bill 11-1254, the proposed anti-bullying measure.
March 21, 2011
JBC gets down to toughest decisions
The Joint Budget Committee may decide today how much it thinks K-12 and higher education need to be cut to balance the 2011-12 budget.
March 20, 2011
Legislative education calendar March 21-25
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for March 21-25, as of March 18.
March 18, 2011
A bit of good news in revenue forecasts
State revenues look better than forecast three months ago, indicating the proposed cuts to education might be a bit less than previously expected.
March 17, 2011
Higher ed bill a work in progress
The Senate Education Committee Thursday gave 6-1 approval to Senate Bill 11-052, the higher education performance-funding bill.
March 17, 2011
Concussion, prescription bills go to governor
The Senate on Thursday morning accepted House amendments and re-passed the concussion awareness bill and the measure allowing school districts to adopt their own policies for student self-administration of prescription drugs.
March 16, 2011
Another bite for teacher paychecks?
The amended version of a pension bill could mean less take-home pay for teachers. Plus roundup
March 14, 2011
House Ed kills trigger bill
The parent trigger bill was killed in committee Monday, while the concussion and recess bills advanced in floor action.
March 12, 2011
Legislative education calendar March 14-18
This is the legislative schedule of education-related bills and events for March 14-18.
March 11, 2011
Bill logjam breaks up a bit
Both houses worked through long calendars of backed-up floor work Friday, including 10 bills of interest to education.
March 10, 2011
JBC struggles with education budgets
There were faint glimmers of budgetary hope during a Joint Budget Committee hearing Thursday, but they only involved variation in the size of cuts.
March 8, 2011
No good choices for discipline study
Supporters of SB 11-133 are trying to perform the tricky feat of launching a study of school discipline without spending much money. Plus roundup
March 7, 2011
More work for another day
A number of interesting education bills were on legislative floor calendars Monday, but most were laid over for later consideration.
March 5, 2011
Legislative education calendar March 7-11
This is the legislative calendar of education-related bills and events as of March 4.
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