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I Pledge My Life, My Fortunes, My Sacred Honor

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Today we celebrate Independence Day and enjoy the gift of Liberty made possible by the vision and sacrifice of the brave 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. The blessing of freedom has been passed on to each generation and sadly with each passing of the baton the principals of Liberty have been rewritten… read more

You & I Create Respect – With or Without a Contract

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Negotiations this year had a new wrinkle: The passing of Prop 104 (70% of voters said yes). This new law means all discussions relating to district-union negotiations had to be conducted in public. It also means that boards can no longer go into executive session to discuss contract issues or strategy, and that actual negotiations… read more

Reflections on Thompson School Board

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I realize that posts have been few and far between. If only there were a way to squeeze more hours in a day I could juggle family, work, and efforts to improve public education perfectly! The reality is that there are only 24 hours in a day and so here is a much needed update… read more

SB15-050: Awarding CO’s Excellent Scholars Program

Legislative Text Sponsors Senate: Heath Sponsors House: None Summary: The bill creates the awarding Colorado’s excellent scholars (ACES) program to provide scholarships to the 3 students in each public high school each year who graduate with the highest grade point averages (GPAs) in their graduating class. The ACES program starts in the 2015-16 school year,… read more

SB15-045: Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education

Legislative Text Sponsors Senate: Lundberg Sponsors House: None Summary: The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2016, that allows any taxpayer to claim a credit when the taxpayer enrolls a dependent qualified child in a private school or the taxpayer provides a… read more

SB15-033: Increasing Funding For Public Pre-K-12 Education

Legislative Text Sponsors Senate: Kerr Sponsors House: None Summary: Under existing law, the “Public School Finance Act of 1994″ funds kindergarten students as half-day pupils plus the supplemental kindergarten enrollment. Under existing law, the supplemental kindergarten enrollment is an additional .08 of a full-day pupil. The bill increases the supplemental kindergarten enrollment for the 2015-16… read more

SB15-020: Education To Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Assault

Legislative Text Sponsors Senate: Newell Sponsors House:  McCann Summary: The bill requires the director of the school safety resource centerto appoint a person to collect and make available materials and training regarding the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse and assault. The materials must include professional development materials for school personnel and parents and … read more

SB15-003: Ed Evaluations Fifty Percent Academic Growth

Summary: Senate Bill 10-191 concerning educator effectiveness included arequirement that at least 50% of a teacher’s or principal’s performance evaluation be determined by the academic growth of the teacher’s students or the students in the principal’s school. The bill eliminates that requirement. Legislative Text Sponsors Senate: Merrifield Sponsors House:… read more