As the Colorado legislature surpasses its halfway point, more than 500 bills and resolutions have been introduced, with just over 100 being postponed indefinitely. Governor Hickenlooper has expressed a strong desire to find compromise on large outstanding issues, including construction defects, oil and gas regulations, and transportation funding. Additionally, the Long Bill is scheduled for introduction on March 23, and a slate of education and workforce development bills continue to make their way through the Capitol.
Here’s what happened at the Capitol last week and a look at what’s ahead.
Charter School Networks Bill Passes House
On March 4, the House passed HB15-1184 by Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver) on a 63-0 vote. The bill seeks to codify current practices among charter school networks without impacting an authorizer’s ability to oversee the operations of each charter school.
Stand for Children’s mission is to is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To meet these needs and expectations, Stand Colorado pursues policy priorities based on principles we believe are critical success factors for our education system. Learn more about what we stand for here. We’re making sure our elected officials at the Capitol think about what’s best for Colorado’s kids.
While academic tests can provide valuable information to parents, students, educators, administrators, and policymakers, there has been growing concern about excessive testing of K-12 students. To address this concern in Colorado, the 1202 Standards and Assessments Task Force was created in 2014. The Task Force was charged with examining the implementation of assessments and recommending options for reducing state testing requirements.
2014 was a big year for Stand for Children but an even bigger year for Colorado’s kids. As we look back at this year’s accomplishments, we’re grateful for all that we’ve achieved to make sure our students graduate high school ready for college and the careers of tomorrow.
Here are four of our big wins for students in 2014:
Colorado voters went to the polls last week and we’re excited to report that a majority of our Education Champions won their races!
This year’s general election was critical in determining whether or not we’d elect education champions who would maintain the progress Colorado has made in the last several years to improve our education system. That includes our work around the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards, better tests, and new educator evaluations.
Stand for Children Colorado strongly supports the Denver Preschool Program (DPP), which was created in 2006 to connect Denver’s families with high-quality preschool. Today, it serves nearly 6,000 children each year, or approximately 70% of Denver’s 4-year-olds. On November 4, Colorado voters will vote on whether or not to extend and expand this program. We believe it is critical that we invest in quality preschool for Denver’s kids this year.