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Lawmaker Rachel Zenzinger looks back at 2017 session

By Shanna Fortier ARVADA PRESS Arvada resident Rachel Zenzinger won election to the Colorado Senate, representing District 19, in November. Previously, she served in the same capacity during the 2014 legislative session. During the 71st General Assembly, she served on the Senate Education Committee, Transportation Committee and the Student Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee.

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Colorado educators spent months crafting legislation

By Nicholas Garcia CHALKBEAT Teachers show up at the statehouse all the time while Colorado lawmakers are debating education policy. Rarely do they have a piece of legislation they crafted themselves in hand. Elaine Menardi, education program coordinator for Wings Aerospace Academy in Denver, and Jess Buller, principal of West Grand Elementary and Middle School

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Incident at Pocatello school raises questions

By Shelbie Harris IDAHO STATE JOURNAL Charity Noe was astonished when her 10-year-old daughter came home from school complaining that a teacher had allegedly physically disciplined her. After reporting the incident to Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 and Pocatello police, Charity was even more surprised to find out that teachers can legally use physical force on

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Transportation funding proposal veers into ditch

NORTHGLENN THORNTON SENTINEL A bill that would have asked Colorado voters to approve a sales tax increase to help fund billions of dollars in transportation projects has been rejected by Republicans in the state Senate. But the Democratic speaker of the House is optimistic the nearly two-month discussion surrounding House Bill 1242 will be good

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State Senate hits dead end for funding roads

By Mike Carter NEWS CHANNEL 13 A proposed multi billion dollar transportation bill died in a senate finance committee on Tuesday in Denver. The bill had bipartisan support from many lawmakers who wanted to see it put on the ballot come November. “It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that when you’re stuck in traffic for

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Law rewards bilingual Colorado students

By Joey Bunch COLORADO POLITICS A new law will reward bilingual high school students, if they prove they can speak, understand and write a second language in addition to English, a move heartily endorsed by business and education groups. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Senate Bill 123 Thursday to making Colorado the 25th state to adopt

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