The Critical Search for a New Education Commissioner

The resignation of State Education Commissioner William Moloney (after considerable pressure from grassroots groups like ProgressNow.org) repesents a turning point in the direction of Colorado's education system. Three leading experts in education policy: Kenneth DeLay, Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB); Megan Ferland is president of the Colorado Children's Campaign; John Hefty, Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE); penned an editorial for the Denver Post.Since the elections in November of a new ...

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The Education Funding Crisis

This chart, care of Governor Ritter's office, says it all:

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CSAP Rap

An article in The Rocky from March 3 under the headline "CSAP Has Own Kind of March Madness" takes a look at how schools are gearing up for the CSAP tests. "Wheat Ridge High School is having a raffle for those who take the test and improve their scores. And some of their prizes include iPods. "Other schools employ creativity. "North Star Elementary School in Thornton has the kids do The CSAP Rap. Each year, they make up lyrics to the song and perform it before taking the tests. " 'It's a lot of fun for the students,' Principal Barb Stallings said, adding that her ...

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Newsletter: Right in the middle of it

This newsletter was sent out on January 24. Did you see this? Since its creation in 2005, Great Education Colorado has worked toward this goal:  "We envision a state that commits the resources necessary to prepare all Colorado's children for the challenges of the 21st century." Suddenly, that goal is in the news, because of Colorado interest in a national report entitled "Tough Choices or Tough Times," from the National Center on Education and the Economy.That report warns of dire consequences if we do not retool our schools to adapt to the global economy in the 21st ...

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Summary of Reform Efforts in the Legislature

The State Capitol is abuzz with education reform efforts as the The Denver Post reported on February 27: "While there are disagreements over details, a core agenda is taking shape: "House Bill 1048, already signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter, sets up a system to better track schools' progress. It will create a more sophisticated way to show achievement than the current snapshot of scores on statewide assessment tests. "Senate Bill 53, by Sen. Ron Tupa, D-Boulder, sets a commission to create smooth transitions from preschool up to college. "Senate Bill 140 helps create ...

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Ritter Proposes Increase in K-12 Funding

The budget process is a little tricky this year because of the gubernatorial transition. There is some glimmer of hope for increased education funding. From The Bell Center's Budget Watch: " 'It's an Owens budget, but they made some changes,' said Gil Romero, the Bell's lobbyist working on JBC spending issues. The Ritter administration has 'made some pretty strategic decisions on the budget. The overall percentage change is not that much, but the changes are strategic. They wanted to make some different value judgments.' "The Ritter changes include: "[..]$41 million in ...

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Romanoff Kicks off School Reform Tour

The Denver Post on January 31 reported on Speaker Romanoff's school reform tour, and the new energy among education groups to have a discussion about education that, as the Speaker puts it "is grounded in reality." From the Post "Romanoff, a Denver Democrat, said he is visiting schools to make sure the 'conversation is grounded in reality,' and he hopes lawmakers will hold town-hall meetings on education throughout the summer. "The Piton and Donnell-Kay foundations, two Colorado education-advocacy groups, are developing a website and a series of statewide conversations. ...

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Newsletter: Welcome to Great Education Colorado!

This is a newsletter that was sent out by Great Education Colorado on January 8, 2007. Welcome to Great Education Colorado! You are receiving this email either because you recently signed up for our newsletters, or because a fellow public school supporter thought you would be interested in learning more about the causes of Colorado's school funding crisis and how, together, we can fix the problem. We invite you to explore our website, https://www.greateducation.org/, to find quick and easy ways that you can join with thousands of other Coloradans to fight for better funding ...

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Public School Funding is Gov. Ritter’s Top Priority

Gov. Ritter cites public education as "fundamental to all that we do" in his dicussions with the state legislature's Joint Budget Committee. The governor is the process of reviewing the proposed budget turned over by Gov. Owens. Published January 17 in The Denver Post: "Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter said Tuesday that funding public schools willbe his top budget priority." 'Education is fundamental to all that we do,' Ritter said in his first meeting with the legislature's Joint Budget Committee, the six lawmakers who write the state's annual spending plan."Calling the budget ...

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Newsletter: What’s new? What’s not?

The following is a newsletter that was sent out by Great Education Colorado on January 14, 2007. A new governor. Thirty-three new legislators. A new legislative session. A new beginning (as illustrated by recent remarks of the Governor). But some things haven't changed - yet. Colorado is still in the bottom fifth in such indicators as: student-teacher ratios, the percent of our wealth dedicated to public schools, and in the use of technology in the classroom. The read on after the jump...Link here to take our quick and easy survey about resources in your school or distri...

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