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Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing slashing spending on public schools by $375 million next school year to help shore up the state budget as federal stimulus money dries up and more unemployed people rely on Medicaid. The proposed cut for public schools – which would amount to about $500 less per student than this year… Continue Reading Hickenlooper proposes $375 million cut for schools

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K-12 schools could face cuts in new Colo. budget

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Public schools could take an even bigger funding hit next year under the budget proposal unveiled by Colorado’s new governor. Gov. John Hickenlooper is scheduled to brief lawmakers on his proposal Tuesday afternoon. He’s expected to announce more cuts as one-time federal stimulus money dries up and the state faces more demand for services because… Continue Reading K-12 schools could face cuts in new Colo. budget

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Schools are safe but local governments are not under a midyear spending plan that sparked the first detailed budget debate of the year Friday in Colorado’s Legislature. After months of talking about the painful cuts they would make to Colorado’s pocketbook to balance the budget, the Senate started the nitty-gritty work of combing through the… Continue Reading Schools survive Colorado’s midyear spending cuts

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State GOP, Dems to battle over school breakfasts

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Colorado Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for a battle after lawmakers facing a gaping budget shortfall decided to end free breakfasts for needy children. The Joint Budget Committee last week decided against spending an additional $124,229 to subsidize the Start Smart Nutrition Program at the end of this school year. The decision isn’t final.… Continue Reading State GOP, Dems to battle over school breakfasts

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Bennet tours schools, asks about innovation

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Sen. Michael Bennet says education is a top interest. The former Denver superintendent starts his work on education changes in earnest on Wednesday when he starts a schools tour. The Colorado Democrat planned to visit an elementary school in Colorado Springs to start his school innovation tour. Bennet will likely play a big role in… Continue Reading Bennet tours schools, asks about innovation

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GE Johnson CEO named to state education board

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Governor Bill Ritter has appointed Jim Johnson, president and CEO of Springs-based GE Johnson Construction Co., to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Johnson will serve on the board through 2014. It was the final round of appointments for the outgoing governor.

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Local cash-strapped school districts have shown more than a bit of business savvy in their operations lately. Word came this week that Falcon District 49 struck a deal with a private company to mount advertisements on the sides of its school buses. It’s a good idea. Finding money is a dilemma for most publicly funded… Continue Reading Falcon district scores an ‘A’ with school bus ads

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Colorado schools get new report cards

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Colorado schools are getting their first report cards under new performance standards approved by lawmakers last year. Under the program, 111 school districts were rated as accredited or higher. Only 14 got a higher rating of accredited with distinction. Gov. Bill Ritter says the new reports are better than the old report cards that graded… Continue Reading Colorado schools get new report cards

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Gov. Bill Ritter is congratulating 14 school districts that have shown extraordinary academic growth and excellence using new performance standards. Under the state’s Education Accountability Act passed last year, schools were rated on success in preparing students for college and careers. Under the program, 111 school districts were rated as accredited or higher. Only 14… Continue Reading Ritter to cite successes with Colo. school reform

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The public pins most of the blame for poor college graduation rates on students and their parents and gives a pass to colleges, government officials and others, a new Associated Press-Stanford University poll shows. All sectors of American higher education received high marks for quality. That extends to for-profit colleges, despite recent criticism of dubious… Continue Reading Public blames grad rates on college students

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