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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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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