Full-time lawmakers dominate legislature, with fewer attorneys and ranchers

By   /  February 10, 2016  /  Colorado, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Colorado’s legislature is dominated by people who identify themselves as full-time lawmakers despite a session that last a third of a year and low pay.

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Colorado students share what they want in education

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Chalkbeat Colorado asked six high school students how lawmakers could make their schools better. Sophomore Brittany Gonzales spoke about helping school districts attract and hire great teachers. Emily Cotner, a junior, would like later start times in high schools. Senior Jessica Lopez would like to see an earlier start on college preparation. Three students made suggestions for […]

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For large school districts, Denver is first in choice

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Denver is home to the best large school district in the country for school choice, says the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank. One of the things that set Denver Public Schools apart from other choice districts is the relatively small amount of politicization, Chalkbeat Colorado reports. While Denver had the top prize, it wasn’t the only […]

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Honest graft: Mayor goes to Super Bowl despite voters’ intent

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, News  /  No Comments

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A decade ago voters said politicians shouldn’t take expensive gifts from individuals or business that might try to influence them, but Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is still going to the Super Bowl on the Broncos dime.

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College center helps Colorado students navigate the future

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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The college center at Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colorado, provides something invaluable to students: help on life after high-school. At the center, students get help finding a career path, determining which colleges to apply to, and writing essays that will earn scholarships. This is a proactive step in improving Colorado’s poor graduation rates for low-income […]

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Lawmakers want to create school board ethics commission

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, News  /  No Comments

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“It points to something that comes up pretty often in Colorado,” said Jeffrey Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. “If you think there’s a violation your only recourse is to challenge it in district court.”

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