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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Legislature begins debate on $26.8 billion budget

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.

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Duran sends construction bill to kill committee

By Ernest Luning THE COLORADO STATESMAN Supporters of a Republican-sponsored bill to require condominium owners and builders to submit claims alleging construction problems to arbitration howled with outrage Wednesday after Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran assigned the legislation to the House “kill committee.” Meanwhile, compromise legislation authored by a bipartisan team of House lawmakers could

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Corporal punishment bill goes down in Colorado Senate committee

By Nicholas Garcia CHALKBEAT A republican-controlled state Senate committee Monday killed a bill that would have prohibited corporal punishment in Colorado’s public schools and day care centers that receive state funding. The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a party-line vote, defeated House Bill 1038, sponsored by state Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, an Arvada Democrat. Read more

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Language bill may get bipartisan stamp of approval

By Glenn Wallace ARVADA PRESS Foster Elementary in Arvada is one of six dual language elementary school in the Jefferson County School District, teaching students both English- and Spanish-language skills. But even if the students from that program continue their language studies throughout middle and high school, mastering two languages as they apply for jobs

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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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