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Colorado to audit online K-12 schools

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The Legislative Audit Committee’s going online. The committee approved a request yesterday by Seante President Brandon Shaffer of Longmont to perform an emergency audit of online public schools operating in Colorado. Shaffer requested the audit after reviewing state reports that raise concerns about the efficacy of some of the online program. “When I was in… Continue Reading Colorado to audit online K-12 schools

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Hickenlooper to sign school funding bill

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Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign a bill that allocates more money to schools than originally expected. The bill Hickenlooper signs Thursday is a bipartisan compromise among lawmakers that restores $22.5 million to schools next year by transferring surplus money from the state’s education fund, a sort of savings account for education funded by income taxes.… Continue Reading Hickenlooper to sign school funding bill

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Should Congress repeal No Child Left Behind? It’s a question for Colorado lawmakers Tuesday as they debate whether to approve a resolution telling Congress the education law is “ineffective.” Resolutions from state legislatures to Congress aren’t binding, but they can spark debate. The resolution asking for the No Child Left Behind law to be repealed… Continue Reading Colorado House debating ‘No Child Left Behind’

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No matter how many subjects they’re acing, most college students these days find economics a grind. Tricky financial calculations influence everything from what school they attend and what major they choose to how quickly they finish their degrees – or whether they graduate at all. Money problems, not bad grades, are the reason cited by… Continue Reading Poll: Finances dictating college, career choices

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Colorado lawmakers said Monday they’re negotiating a deal that would add another $90 million to the state’s languishing school funding, an issue that has been a major point of contention during embittered budget negotiations. The additional funding is a possibility because preliminary state revenue forecasts show higher-than-expected revenue gains, the lawmakers said. Democratic House Leader… Continue Reading Lawmakers talk deal to add $90M to Colo. schools

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Long budget fight expected in Colo. House

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Democrats will call for several amendments in the Colorado House when the chamber debates the state’s $18 billion spending plan. Democrats say they’re unhappy that the 2011 budget includes a $250 million cut to K-12 education and they will try to amend the proposed budget during a debate Wednesday. Democrats plan to propose three dozen… Continue Reading Long budget fight expected in Colo. House

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Lawmakers get higher ed update from Lt. Gov.

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Colorado’s lieutenant governor and likely higher education commissioner is due before state lawmakers Wednesday for an update on the system. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia was scheduled for a morning briefing before the House and Senate education committees. Garcia was president of Colorado State-Pueblo before becoming lieutenant governor. Garcia was also tapped by the governor to… Continue Reading Lawmakers get higher ed update from Lt. Gov.

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Opponents of school budget cuts are making their case at the state Capitol. They plan to deliver a letter signed by more than 5,200 people to state lawmakers and the governor today. The group organizing the event is Great Education Colorado. It says the letter is hundreds of pages long and includes comments and stories… Continue Reading Colo. school group to present letter opposing cuts

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Colorado’s largest school district plans to cut nearly $40 million because of the state’s budget crisis. The president of the county’s board of education, Dave Thomas, plans to announce details at a press conference Friday morning in Golden. Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed cutting $332 million from schools statewide in the next school year to… Continue Reading Colo.’s largest school district to cut nearly $40M

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Military parents with young children report that the need for early care and education services, including child care, parenting classes and high-quality pre-kindergarten, tops their list of day-to-day needs, according to a new study by Pre-K Now, a campaign of the nonprofit Pew Center on the States. The study, entitled “On the Home Front: Early… Continue Reading Childcare, parenting classes and education top military family desires

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