For Schools, a Light at the End of the Tunnel

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Mark Ferrandino, the House Democratic leader, said the state revenue forecasts released today gave the state “breathing room” to restore proposed cuts to education spending. The legislature’s chief economist, Natalie Mullis, said the state’s economic recovery “has matured and is not as fragile as it used to be,” and estimated

Bill to Save Schools Money Killed by GOP in Committee

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Andy Kerr’s bill save schools money by encouraging energy efficient standards in schools failed in the State, Veteran & Military Affairs committee today on a party-line vote. HB12-1235, sponsored by Rep. A. Kerr (D-Lakewood), would have given numerous options for school districts to align with energy efficient standards when building new

Panel Ignores Parents’ Right to Manage Their Children’s Education

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans killed a bill recognizing parents’ right to “opt out” their children from high-stakes standardized testing when Rep. Judy Solano’s HB12-1049 died on a 5-4 party-line vote today in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. Federal law requires a 95 percent participation rate in standardized testing in every state,

Tech Transfer Bill Survives First Test

January 21, 2012

January 31, 2012 (Denver) – A major component of the House Democrats’ 2012 jobs package advanced today when the Tech Transfer bill sponsored by Rep. Dave Young and Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino was approved by the House Economic & Business Development Committee. The panel voted 7-5 to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee. The Tech