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.
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
By Joey Bunch COLORADO POLITICS We learn two things in the latest Colorado Senate Democrats’ podcast with Sen. Rachel Zenzinger: She’s a great fiancee and a great mom. The Democrat from Arvada is a sports nut. She has apps on her phone to follow scores and teams, and she can break down a bullpen like Vin
By Ann Marie Awad KUNC With mere days left in Colorado’s legislative session, lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee took up what started out as a rather slim school finance act, the bill that sets funding levels for all of the state’s 178 school districts each year. Because next year’s budget hasn’t been pinned down,
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
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
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
By Peter Marcus COLORADO POLITICS A Republican-controlled Senate committee on Wednesday killed two campaign finance reform measures that Democrats pushed this year as part of a package. Both measures died on Republican party-line votes in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Read more
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
By Peter Marcus COLORADO POLITICS The Senate passed eight amendments to the proposed $26.8 billion annual budget after a 10-hour debate that saw concessions on several key issues. The annual spending plan received final approval in the Senate on Thursday, with a vote of 30-5. Four Democrats opposed the so-called “Long Bill,” along with one Republican, Sen.