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May 17, 2012
Literacy bill signed into law
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the Colorado READ Act, the landmark education bill of the 2012 session.
May 10, 2012
Legislative review 2012
The 2012 legislative session produced major bills on literacy, discipline and higher education and modest good news on school funding.
May 9, 2012
Key bills rescued as session ends
Updated - Four endangered education bills were rescued and other key bills passed Wednesday as the 2012 regular legislative session ended.
May 9, 2012
Education bills sideswiped
Four important education bills have died because of the Colorado House’s late-night impasse over Senate Bill 12-002, the civil unions proposal.
May 8, 2012
School finance bill moves in Senate
The Senate Tuesday gave preliminary approval to the 2012-13 school funding bill – with an interesting addition.
May 7, 2012
Lobato resolution killed
Updated - A Senate committee has killed the resolution proposing the legislature intervene in the Lobato case.
May 6, 2012
Session goes down to the wire
School funding, literacy, school discipline and the sales tax holiday remain in play as the legislature enters its last three days.
May 3, 2012
Stepping back from the brink
The Senate Education Committee wrestled with a potentially explosive change to the school funding bill Thursday but didn’t pull the trigger.
May 3, 2012
Literacy bill passes Senate 35-0
Updated - The Senate has passed the early childhood literacy bill.
May 2, 2012
Parent notice rejected again
The Senate has rejected a maneuver designed to resurrect a controversial state rule requiring parents be notified when teachers are arrested. Roundup
May 1, 2012
Testing bill passes Senate
Updated - The state Senate today voted 31-4 to pass the bill requiring the state sign-on with a multistate testing program.
April 29, 2012
Legislative calendar April 30-May 4
Here’s the legislative calendar for April 30 to May 4, the last full week of the 2011 legislative session, which must adjourn by May 9.
April 28, 2012
State Board unconvinced on new tests
A split State Board of Education is opposing a bill that would commit Colorado to new multi-state achievement tests.
April 27, 2012
Zero-tolerance bill clears Senate
A bill to eliminate many school zero-tolerance discipline policies has passed the Senate overwhelmingly.
April 26, 2012
State board opposes testing bill
Updated - The State Board of Education has voted to oppose a contentious testing bill.
April 25, 2012
Literacy advances; ASSET doesn’t
The early childhood literacy bill has passed a crucial committee test, but the undocumented students tuition bill died in a House panel.
April 24, 2012
Literacy, ASSET vie for attention
Proposed Senate amendments to the early childhood literacy bill would give school districts more flexibility and a lot more money.
April 23, 2012
School finance act moves to Senate
Several significant education bills moved ahead Monday at the Capitol, including the school finance act.
April 22, 2012
Legislative calendar April 23-27
Here is the calendar of education-related legislative meetings for April 23-27.
April 19, 2012
Budget passes Senate, goes back to JBC
The largely harmonious process of developing next year’s state budget took another big step with 30-5 Senate approval Thursday.
April 17, 2012
A Lobato debate in the House?
The House may get a chance to debate an issue lawmakers have been avoiding all session – the Lobato school funding case.
April 16, 2012
Funding fight brews over literacy bill
House leaders are holding the 2012-13 school funding bill until they know what the Senate will do with literacy legislation.
April 15, 2012
Legislative calendar April 16-20
Here’s the calendar of education-related meetings in the legislature for April 16-20.
April 12, 2012
A little dustup in Senate Ed
The bill to provide state stipends for nationally board certified teachers hit an unexpected speed bump in the Senate Thursday.
April 11, 2012
Dems have futile fun with budget
Education funding figured prominently in the annual political comedy of debating floor amendments to the state budget bill.
April 10, 2012
Trans fats ban limps out of Senate
A bill that would ban trans fats in most foods served at schools has squeaked out of the Senate on an 18-17 vote.
April 9, 2012
School finance, ASSET bills move
Next year’s school funding bill passed a committee easily after a brief diversion, and the ASSET bill passed the Senate in a surprising way.
April 6, 2012
Legislative calendar April 9-13
Here’s the calendar of education-related meetings in the legislature for April 9-13.
April 5, 2012
College regulation bill moves ahead
A key higher education bill passes its first committee, and the 2012-13 school finance bill is introduced.
April 4, 2012
Open bargaining bill killed
A school collective bargaining bill dies, and a gambling bill with a higher ed angle gets an interesting makeover.
April 4, 2012
School finance bill set to launch
In a year when there’s good budget news for education, Rep. Tom Massey wants to make sure most of the money gets to classrooms.
April 2, 2012
Rep. Solano gets a win
Lame-duck Rep. Judy Solano has had something of a rough 2011 session, but she got a victory on Monday.
March 29, 2012
Budget news keeps getting better
Updated - The legislature's budget committee has finished the proposed 2012-13 state budget, ending a week that brought good news for education.
March 28, 2012
Plug pulled on parent trigger bill
A parent trigger bill – its sponsor called it more of a “flare” – has been killed by a Senate committee.
March 27, 2012
Metro’s upgrade almost done
Metro State College now needs only the governor’s signature to turn into Metro State University.
March 26, 2012
Budget cuts may not be needed
An analysis of the state budget seems to make it more likely that K-12 and higher education will escape budget cuts in 2012-13
March 25, 2012
Legislative calendar March 26-30
Here’s the calendar of education-related meetings in the legislature for March 26-30.
March 24, 2012
College completion bills move ahead
One of the main 2012 bills intended to raise college completion rates has been signed, and another is nearing the finish line
March 21, 2012
Wednesday Churn: Testing clarity
A late bill may clear up legislative testing confusion and a proposed school finance overhaul gets mixed reviews from the lead Lobato attorney
March 20, 2012
Literacy bill gets final House OK
Updated - The House today gave final 51-12 approval to House Bill 12-1238, the early childhood literacy bill.
March 19, 2012
Glimmer of hope in revenue forecasts
Improved state revenue forecasts could mean smaller-than-planned education cuts in 2012-13, and the JBC finally takes action on new testing costs.
March 18, 2012
Legislative calendar March 19-23
Here’s the calendar of education-related meetings in the legislature for March 19-23.
March 15, 2012
PERA benefits bill slips out of House
The bill that would change the way Public Employees’ Retirement Association pensions are calculated is on its way to an uncertain fate in the state Senate.
March 14, 2012
College completion bill advances
A bill intended to improve college remedial education programs has easily passed a House committee, as have two college name changes.
March 12, 2012
Literacy bill advances on 10-3 vote
The proposed Colorado Early Literacy Act, including its section on holding some third graders back, has passed the House Education Committee.
March 11, 2012
Legislative calendar March 12-16
Here’s the calendar of education-related meetings in the legislature for March 5-9.
March 11, 2012
Key week looms for education bills
The 2012 legislative session is at its midpoint, but two key education measures are only now coming up for their first committee hearings.
March 9, 2012
House OKs PERA benefits bill
The House has passed a bill that would reduce retirement benefits for future state employees and teachers.
March 8, 2012
Bargaining sunshine bill moves
A bill requiring school district contract negotiations be open to the public has passed a House committee.
March 7, 2012
Teacher stipend bill passes first test
A bill that would give national board certified teachers extra pay cleared the House Education Committee Wednesday.
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