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Lawmakers Debate Student Privacy Bill

CBS4 DENVER State lawmakers are discussing a bill aimed at protecting student privacy when it comes to citizenship and religion. The bill would eliminate questions about those two topics on SAT and PSAT tests. The lawmaker sponsoring the bill says those tests were originally used for college admissions only. Last year, K-12 schools started using

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Jeffco school leaders spare four of five schools

By John Aguilar DENVER POST GOLDEN — School closures have become a third-rail issue for education leaders in Jefferson County, with the school board voting late Thursday to spare four of five elementary schools that had been proposed for shut down as the 86,000-student district struggles with budget constraints. Pennington, Peck, Stober and Swanson, which were

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Celebrating ‘biliteracy’ and bipartisanship…all in one bill

By Dan Njegomir COLORADO POLITICS Even as the country’s newly minted Republican president mulls plans for building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico,  Republicans in Colorado’s legislature, joined by their Democratic colleagues across the aisle, are going global. At least, when it comes to the language arts. Senate Bill 123, introduced into the upper chamber

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End of an Error in SD-19

COLORADO POLS In 2013, a unified Democratic Colorado General Assembly passed a slate of gun safety bills in the aftermath of two horrific mass shooting events in the prior year: the December 2012 massacre of elementary students and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, and especially the July 20th, 2012 killing of a dozen movie patrons at

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Meet the Colorado lawmakers

By Nicholas Garcia CHALKBEAT Plenty of familiar faces — and political fault lines — are returning next year to the state legislature’s education committees. State Sen. Owen Hill, a Republican from Colorado Springs, and Rep. Brittany Pettersen, a Democrat from Lakewood, will return as chairs of their respective committees. Many topics the committees and the

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