Democrats control Colorado state government

By Erica Meltzer

CHALKBEAT

The Colorado legislature convenes Friday with Democratic majorities in both chambers and a Democratic governor-elect who made education a key part of his campaign. That doesn’t mean 2019 is going to be one extended round of kumbaya.

Democratic lawmakers don’t necessarily share incoming governor Jared Polis’ education priorities, which include funding full-day kindergarten, nor do they agree among themselves about the legacy of previous education policy initiatives.

Leaders on the House and Senate education committees say governing comes with big responsibilities, and the need for careful compromise won’t go away.

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