Today, Senator Mark Udall’s amendment to prevent limits on the amount of starchy vegetables that schools can serve passed the Senate as part of a larger bill.
Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn made national news the past two years for spearheading the Republican drive to end federal funding for public broadcasting. “It’s time for Big Bird to earn his wings and learn to fly on his own,” he said. In a bold marketing move, Rocky Mountain PBS has now tapped Lamborn for a fundraising spot. “We don’t always see eye to eye on everything about public broadcasting,” says Rocky Mountain PBS CEO Doug Price, standing next to Lamborn, to awkward and entertaining effect.
State Senator Rollie Heath’s Proposition 103, which asks Coloradans to approve a tax increase to bolster the state’s cash-strapped schools, will be the most significant tax measure to appear before any U.S. voters this year. The Pew Center on the States calls the vote a test of public attitudes toward tough recession-year fiscal choices and for that reason will draw scrutiny in capitals coast to coast.
A conference call with reporters Wednesday revealed more details about the Obama administration’s plan to roll out a program for student debt relief.
DENVER– As anticipated, President Obama this morning detailed his plan to use an executive order to ease the burden of student loan debt that presently presses down on tens of millions of Americans. Speaking in shirt sleeves and drawing on his own struggles with student debt as a young man, husband and father, Obama told the energized crowd in an event center hall on the downtown university Auraria Campus that he was determined for the foreseeable future to act wherever possible to relieve economic distress in the country without going through the gridlocked Congress.
In a speech Thursday at the Commonwealth Club of California, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann batted down suggestions of student loan and debt forgiveness that have come out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying the movement isn’t offering permanent solutions.
Arguing the current standard for student assessment is a “perversity” that leads to a “race to the middle,” Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) successfully introduced an amendment that would better gauge student learning and knowledge. The proposal is part of the ongoing Senate debate over how to move the nation’s major education law of the land beyond No Child Left Behind.
Gay-rights organization One Colorado this week released a video as part of an ongoing campaign to to end harassment against Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people attending Colorado schools. The video features prominent political political and community leaders, including Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and US Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.
As if Rick Perry wasn’t taking enough flak from his fellow Republican candidates for president, he has to sit still for a rambling denunciation from none other than Sarah Palin who thinks it is just wrong to let undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition at Texas colleges.
Wednesday during the markup process to overhaul the main education law of the land, No Child Left Behind, senators on the HELP committee managed to discuss a little-known but crucial tweak to how poor and rich school districts share education funding.