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What does it mean to appreciate teachers?

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I am lucky because through my work with Stand Colorado I have the privilege of meeting with teachers from all over metro Denver and throughout the state. Regardless of the difficulties of the profession, I have yet to meet a teacher who does not demonstrate a clear love for their work.

Stand for Children Colorado Responds to “Honesty Gap” Report

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Denver, CO - Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today from interim Executive Director Krista Spurgin in response to a national report issued by Achieve, Inc. that shows discrepancies between student proficiency rates as reported by Colorado state tests and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Colorado Legislature Wraps Up Legislative Session

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This week, the Colorado Legislature wrapped up the 2015 legislative session. This last session was one of the most contentious sessions in recent history and the debates at the Capitol on important education issues in our state were often fierce. However, our supporters made all the difference this year at the Capitol and demonstrated our collective power to stand up for policies that help kids succeed.

Here are a number of critical victories for students this year at the Capitol:

A Teacher's Take on Teacher Appreciation Week

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I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in Kindergarten when ‘playing school’ was a daily routine – chalkboard, pointer, and all. However, starting at an early age, some discouraged me from becoming a teacher. They claimed I would be “wasting my talent.” In my youth, their comments gave me a moment of pause. I worried, “are they right? Was I made for more?”

Celebrating Teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day

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Think about your favorite teacher for a moment. This probably came easily to you. What about this teacher made an impression on you that still resonates 5 or 14 or 31 years later?

Did this teacher make lessons exceptionally fun, or change the way you think about something? Did this person stay after school with you to make sure you understood the material or attend your school play?

This Week at the Capitol

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With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, tempers are running high as legislators attempt to work through nearly 350 remaining bills and resolutions. Members are spending late nights in committee meetings to discuss contentious topics like educational testing, safety in schools, healthcare charges, and immigration enforcement. As bills continue to back up in both chambers, the legislature can expect late nights and long debates in order to finish by May 6.

Stand CO's Statement on Commissioner Robert Hammond's Retirement

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Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today from interim Executive Director Krista Spurgin in response to Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond’s announcement that he will retire July 1, 2015.

 

Two Colorado Leaders to Join Stand For Children Colorado Team

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Two Colorado Leaders to Join Stand for Children Colorado Team

Jeani Frickey joins as Executive Director and Alex Sánchez as Denver City Director & Director of Strategic District Initiatives

Denver, Colorado - Stand for Children Colorado (Stand Colorado) announced today that Jeani Frickey will join the staff as Executive Director and Alex Sánchez as Denver City Director & Director of Strategic District Initiatives. Both Jeani and Alex will join the Stand team June 1, 2015.

This Week at the Capitol

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The Colorado General Assembly has officially surpassed its 100th day, and will begin to ramp up its workload in order to finish by the May 6 deadline. Bills are still being introduced in both the House and Senate, leaving legislators with packed committee hearings and late nights. Currently, 697 bills and resolutions have been introduced, with more than 280 that have been signed into law or postponed indefinitely. A number of contentious topics remain on the table, including school finance, construction defects, police reform, and the use of marijuana severance taxes.

This Week at the Capitol

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Lots has been happening at the Capitol recently around education legislation and last week was no exception. Here’s what happened at the Capitol last week and a look at what’s ahead this week.

Long Bill Passes the House

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