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Gov. Jared Polis makes budget request

By John Frank with Jesse Paul THE COLORADO SUN The sheer size and scope of Gov. Jared Polis’ legislative agenda is just now coming into view days after his State of the State address. And the Democratic majority in the state legislature is scrambling to figure out how to deliver for its party leader. The 55-minute speech focused on

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Gov. Polis wants full-day kindergarten by fall

By Nic Garcia THE DENVER POST Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called on state lawmakers Thursday to fulfill one of his earliest campaign promises and find the money for statewide full-day kindergarten by fall. “Folks, Oklahoma figured all this out a long time ago,” he said. “And with all due respect to our wonderful neighbors in

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First education bills to hit the floor in Colorado

By Erica Meltzer CHALKBEAT The more than 100 bills filed on the first day of Colorado’s 2019 legislative session include proposals to address the teacher shortage, bolster mental health services in schools, reduce regulation on rural schools, and provide bonuses to teachers deemed highly effective. Among the first 10 bills filed in each chamber were

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Money constraints will shape state’s education agenda

By Erica Meltzer CHALKBEAT There is an elephant in the room as the Colorado legislature convenes with Democratic majorities in both chambers — and it’s made of money. Lawmakers have ambitious goals for education that include improving the preparation and support of novice teachers, attracting more teachers to shortage areas, ensuring more students learn to read and

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What’s in store for education as legislature opens

By Erica Meltzer THE COLORADO INDEPENDENT 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

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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

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Colorado business facing uphill session in 2019

By Ed Sealover DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL Business bet big on the 2018 election. And, aside from the issue of oil-and-gas setbacks, it lost. So, heading into the 2019 legislative session facing a Democratic-controlled General Assembly that it tried to stop, a new Democratic governor with whom it’s disagreed and a budget that contains no new transportation

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