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N. Colo. school considers random drug testing

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Windsor High School officials are considering whether to use random alcohol and drug testing to cut abuse by students. A meeting was planned on the proposal at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school’s cafeteria. School district officials say they’ve been exploring the idea for the last two years and now wants to hear from… Continue Reading N. Colo. school considers random drug testing

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Some supporters of public schools are backing a proposal that would allow the Legislature to raise taxes to pay for education. The proposal is up for its first hearing today in the House Education Committee. It seeks to ask voters this fall if they would give the Legislature approval to raise taxes as needed to… Continue Reading Education tax hike gets first hearing at Capitol

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After some debate,  Gov. Bill Ritter and other Colorado officials have decided to apply for Round 2 of Race to the Top education-reform funding after all. Although the state placed in the top 16 of the first round of the U.S. Department of Education program, it received a low score for not explaining well-enough how… Continue Reading Colorado jumps back into ‘Race to the Top’

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Colorado has failed in its first bid to win millions of federal dollars for education reform, and officials are evaluating whether the state should enter the second round of the “Race to the Top” competition. Gov. Bill Ritter said Monday it was likely the state would try again, but first he wants to see how… Continue Reading Colo. misses out on first ‘Race to the Top’ awards

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State education officials are in Washington making their pitch for why Colorado should win millions in federal education funding. The team representing Colorado is making its presentation today. Colorado was among 16 states – and the only from the West – to be chosen as a finalist in the “Race to the Top” competition earlier… Continue Reading Colo education officials hope to claim $377 million from ‘Race to the Top’

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Colorado student test model catching on

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Arizona and Indiana have signed on to use the Colorado Growth Model for monitoring student achievement. Colorado Department of Education officials said the states signed formal agreements to use the online data tool that measures individual student and group progress from year to year. The goal of the program is to implement a single system… Continue Reading Colorado student test model catching on

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MIAMI (AP) – The U.S. Department of Education named 16 finalists today in the first round of its “Race to the Top” competition, which will deliver $4.35 billion in school reform grants. Selected from a pool of 41 applicants are: Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North… Continue Reading Colorado a finalist in ‘Race to the Top’

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A continuing debate in Colorado Springs, throughout the state and indeed throughout the country concerns public education. How should it be funded, structured and delivered? Who should call the shots — local school boards, state legislators, or federal agencies? Should state and federal money be sent to local schools and school districts according to simple,… Continue Reading Education system doesn’t need more strings attached

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The Obama administration is offering $4.4 billion to a select group of states willing to push school reforms, and Colorado officials are working on a pitch to win what lawmakers call the education Powerball, according to Business Journal media partner FOX 21 NEWS.It could bring another estimated $400 million to Colorado over four years, depending… Continue Reading Colorado pushing for ‘education Powerball’

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House approves soldiers to students bill

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A bill that helps members of the Colorado National Guard afford to go to college in Colorado was approved by the state House of Representatives this morning by a 56-4 vote. The Department of Higher Education currently can provide up to $650,000 a year to the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs for Guard scholarships. House Bill… Continue Reading House approves soldiers to students bill

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