The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is currently considering budget items and requests across state agencies and departments as part of the annual budgeting process. Here are some highlights of budget items that impact Colorado kids
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The Colorado Supreme Court this week issued a final decision in a lawsuit that challenged a key component of Senate Bill 10-191, the Great Teachers and Leaders Law of 2010. The ruling means that school leaders will continue to be empowered to hire and place teachers to best fit the students in their classrooms. We applaud the Court’s decision.
The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is currently considering budget items and requests across state agencies and departments as part of the annual budgeting process. Here are some highlights of budget items that impact Colorado kids:
The Colorado Department of Education is now accepting applications for Student Wellness Programs. The Student Wellness Grant exists to implement student wellness programs that support the implementation of whole school, whole community and whole child approaches.
More students than ever took an Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in high school last year, and more earned a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, according to a report released by CollegeBoard.
This morning after an only hours-long government shut-down, Congress passed a long-term budget package that was signed into law by President Trump. The package keeps the government running for six weeks to allow lawmakers time to write a final federal budget for this year and provides longer term fiscal certainty through September 2019. The law includes funding for a number of programs that are critical for kids and families, including CHIP, home visiting, and child care. It also includes some concerning provisions, such as cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund and changes to third-party liability policy in Medicaid that could reduce access to care for pregnant women. And it is silent on a solution for the future of young people living, working, and parenting in our communities through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Two reports released in the last month highlight recent expenditures on K-12 education across the country. Both draw attention to Colorado’s low standing in the area of school finance compared to other states.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), administered by the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition, ensures that children continue to receive meals during the summer when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.
In 2017, slightly more Colorado high schoolers graduated with a diploma than the year before, setting them on a firmer path toward further education and better career options. Graduation rates increased across all racial and ethnic groups, but unfortunately significant gaps still exist between students of color and their peers due to historical policies and practices that create barriers to education based on race and ethnicity.
As Denver grows, many neighborhoods have seen significant changes in income levels, housing patterns and a decline in the number of school-aged children. Recognizing the challenges and opportunities that these changes present for schools in the state’s largest school district, in March of 2017 the Denver Board of Education passed a resolution (also available in Spanish) to establish the Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI).