“I can’t afford to live here”: Colorado teachers plea for wage help, but solutions still prove divisive
Democrats are proposing a state fund for pay increases while Republican lawmakers want to give bonuses to high-performing teachers. But, either way, the path for state funds to reach teacher paychecks remains tricky.
Hickenlooper faces renewed pressure and questions about his administration’s spending in final monthsBy John Frank Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
Taxpayers are only covering Democrats’ legal fees in a partisan Colorado legislature lawsuit. Republicans say that’s unfair.By Jesse Paul Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
WATCH: Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers pitch their big ideas for the 2020 legislative sessionBy The Colorado Sun Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
Lawmakers are nailing down the first draft of the 25-year-old formula’s proposed makeover, but the push for change is far from complete
Concurrent enrollment saves students from 173 Colorado school districts time and money -- and is helping to close the racial education gap.
Part calculator, part crystal ball: Colorado lawmakers’ simulator testing tweaks to state’s school-funding formula
The state is contracting with EdBuild to pay for its simulator tool through the end of 2019 for a total cost of $177,428. Lawmakers hope it can predict the effect of any changes they want to make to the formula.
Colorado’s School Safety Committee pushed forward legislation that could better address students’ behavioral health needs. Lawmakers left guns out of the conversation largely for the sake of bipartisanship.
If Colorado wants to stop the next school shooting, the state needs to get on the same page, lawmakers say
State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, chair of special school-safety committee, sees holes in the current system and wants the state to play a larger role
The takeaway from Amendment 73’s defeat: Voters won’t throw money into a broken school finance system
“People are keenly aware now more than ever that our school finance model is in crisis.”