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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Colorado bill vows education overhaul, but will voters raise taxes to fund it?

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Voters are being asked to approve a nearly $1 billion income tax increase that would fund a sweeping overhaul of public education in the state. Among other things, it would raise the per-pupil spending in the state, direct more money to districts with more at-risk students, expand preschool for at-risk kids and full-day kindergarten, give funding equity to charter schools, set aside $100 million for an innovation fund, and establish more transparency and accountability for how education dollars are spent.”(more)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bloomberg, Gates each put $1 million behind pro-Amendment 66 campaign

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates top the donor list to proponents of Amendment 66, the school finance measure that includes a $950 million tax hike.”(more)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Colorado schools, with help, are teaching students personal finance

The Denver Post – Aldo Svaldi

“As part of a larger overhaul of educational standards, the Colorado legislature in 2008 mandated that personal-finance lessons be woven into the curriculum at every grade level, making the state among a handful to do so.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

THE STATE OF COLORADO EDUCATION: Recipes for good schools hard to find

The Gazette – Debbie Kelley and Carol McGraw

“This urgent question is at the forefront of education, as parents demand more accountability of schools and success for their children, and educators try to address stagnant student test scores and a system that lags behind education provided elsewhere.”(more)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Denver Public Schools give children bus cards to increase safety

The Denver Post – Zahira Torres

“The system, which is estimated to cost $748,000 over three years, is one of several adopted by districts throughout Colorado that provides data reflecting the times and places children get on and get off buses as well as tracking those buses while in transit.” (more)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Colorado school finance reformers deliver double required signatures

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“Proponents of a $950 million initiative to revamp the state’s school finance system, and raise the state income tax in the process, delivered more than 160,000 signatures Monday morning to the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to put the measure on the November ballot.” (more)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Colorado children edged out of preschool because of limited funding

The Denver Post – Zahira Torres

“Thousands of Colorado youngsters who qualify for preschool could be turned away when classes start this month because the state does not have enough money to cover the cost of their education.” (more)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bilingual learning, from an early age

Telluride Daily Planet – Katie Klingsporn

“It used to be typical that if students in America wanted to learn a new language, they would take Spanish or French 101 in middle or high school. But those days are receding with a new tide of language immersion programs that start at a much earlier age. Research has shown that it’s far easier for young children to pick up languages than adults, and bilingual children perform well in school and have high rates of graduation.” (more)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Colorado schools investing in more financial literacy for students

The Denver Post – Sean Cavanagh

“It’s not enough for kids to just learn math in school anymore. Starting this fall, schoolchildren in Colorado will have financial education integrated into their social studies and math lessons.”(more)

Friday, June 14, 2013

St. Vrain Valley’s STEM education filters down to youngest thinkers

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“The two-week summer program challenges students selected from about 300 teacher-nominated candidates for their outside-the-box thinking as well as qualities like curiosity, creativity and cooperation. It also challenges the notion that some kids are too young for the advanced cognition required by STEM pursuits.”(more)