Duran-Bridges Bill to Advance Students & Colleges Signed by Hickenlooper

May 16, 2018

(May 16) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Jeff Bridges’ bill today to provide supplemental grants to public colleges and universities across Colorado. The governor signed SB18-262, sponsored by Speaker Duran, D-Denver, and Rep. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village to distribute $16.7 million to public colleges and universities in Colorado. Speaker Duran and

Michaelson Jenet’s School Lunch Expansion Bill Headed to Governor

May 9, 2018

(May 8) – The House gave its approval today to a bipartisan bill led by Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet to expand school meal programs. Colorado currently pays a forty-cent copay on reduced price lunches for K-5 students through the School Lunch Protection Program. The bill would expand copay coverage through eighth grade. “Teens who eat

House Passes Bridges’ Bipartisan School Safety Bill

May 8, 2018

(May 8) – The House of Representatives voted unanimously this morning for Rep. Jeff Bridges’ bill to bolster school safety in Colorado’s public schools. SB18-269, sponsored by Rep. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, and Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, establishes a $30 million fund to provide grants to local education providers for capital construction that improves school

McLachlan Reacts to Defeat of Bill to Reduce Teacher Shortage 

May 4, 2018

(May 3) – Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, released the following statement after HB18-1367, sponsored by Reps. McLachlan and Jim Wilson, R-Salida was killed on Wednesday in a Senate committee. The bill would have provided funding for a mentoring program pairing high-achieving active or retired principals with selected principals who need to improve their skills.  Underperforming principals have been identified as a

Trio of School Safety Measures Advance

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three Democratic-sponsored bills to increase school safety and security moved forward in the House today. SB18-158, sponsored by Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, would invest in technology to allow for seamless communications between schools and first responders. “When there’s a life-threatening situation at one of our schools, every second

Exum Trifecta

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three bills sponsored by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. won the House’s voice-vote approval tonight. HB18-1316, sponsored by Reps. Exum, D-Colorado Springs, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver, continues the WORK Act, first sponsored by Rep. Pabon in 2015 and now recognized as one of the best workforce development programs in the country. The program

House Passes Dem Teacher Shortage Package

April 26, 2018

(April 25) – Another Democratic-sponsored bill to address Colorado’s chronic teacher shortage passed the House today, completing House action on a six-bill legislative package to make it easier to recruit teachers and retain them once they’re hired. “In Colorado we have 3,000 teacher positions unfilled,” said Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango. “Enough is enough. We need

4 More Bills to Tackle Teacher Shortage Advance

April 24, 2018

(April 23) – Four Democratic-sponsored bills to address Colorado’s chronic teacher shortage passed the House Education Committee today, for a total of six bills in the 2018 legislative process that seek to make it easier to attract and retain teachers. “In Colorado we have 3,000 teacher positions unfilled,” said Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango. “These bills

2018 School Finance Bill Passes House

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – The annual school finance bill – the best news Colorado’s students have received in at least a decade – passed the House of Representatives tonight. “We are prioritizing our woefully underfunded schools,” Rep. Brittany Pettersen told the House. “While I know we still have a lot of work to do, we have

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