New Colorado law banning most American Indian mascots forces schools to confront cultural shifts
Critics resisting the new rule cite tradition, state overreach and the high cost to change team names like Redskins, Savages, Indians and Warriors. Some plan to sue to keep the mascots.
Nevada farmers and conservationists balk at “water banking,” an idea also being weighed in Colorado
Proponents argue crediting people for conservation will help prevent future shortages and offer water rights holders an option beyond use, abandonment or selling.
Gov. Jared Polis signs bill maintaining school funding amid pandemic challenges
The legislation approved ensures Colorado school districts will receive the money they originally expected for the 2020-21 school year despite about 30,000 fewer students showing up, a 3.3% decline in enrollment. The law also sends millions to rural school districts to meet the unique needs of small and isolated schools.
Colorado plan to scale back CMAS testing moves forward. Kids would test in literacy or math, but not both.
House Bill 1161 minimizes testing for students, teachers, and administrators dealing with the effects of the pandemic.
Democrats dominate campaign fundraising and spend big to build majority in the Colorado legislature
A Republican leadership rift is hurting fundraising and one lawmaker blames a “serious strategic error” for some of the troubles
Colorado could soon expand protections for student journalists by shielding their advisers from retaliation
House Bill 1062 would also add protections for audio and visual storytelling platforms for student journalists