KidsFlash Blog

Our KidsFlash blog helps child advocates and policymakers stay up to date on the latest child well-being news from the Colorado State Capitol and around the state. Find data and research on child health, early childhood education and development, K-12 education, and more. Track important legislation and policies affecting Colorado's kids. Get the inside scoop on the Children's Campaign's outreach efforts - including information on important fundraising and advocacy events, as well as efforts being undertaken by the It's About Kids and Circle of Friends networks. The KidsFlash blog is your connection to the resources and information your need to make a difference in the lives of Colorado's children.

Capitol Update – March 8, 2013

Capitol Update – March 8, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 8, 2013

ASSET Bill The Colorado House of Representatives voted 40-21 with bipartisan support today to approve Senate Bill 13-033 (Johnston and Giron/Williams and Duran), Colorado’s public colleges and universities, regardless of citizenship. The bill is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature. Advocates celebrated today after […]

Efforts to Modernize Colorado’s School Finance Formula Continue Moving Forward

Efforts to Modernize Colorado’s School Finance Formula Continue Moving Forward
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

Education stakeholders gathered again this week to discuss the newly-released draft of legislation to modernize Colorado’s School Finance Act. Last week, Sen. Mike Johnston released a draft of the legislation, along with information about the proposal. On Thursday, more than 150 interested stakeholders gathered to learn […]

Capitol Update

Capitol Update
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

1) ASSET Bill This week the ASSET Bill, which would allow all Colorado high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities, regardless of citizenship, passed its first hurdle in the House. Senate Bill 13-033 was approved by the House Education […]

Sen. Johnston Releases Draft of School Finance Overhaul Proposal

Sen. Johnston Releases Draft of School Finance Overhaul Proposal
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 22, 2013

Efforts to make our school financing system more equitable and sufficient took a big step forward this week as Sen. Mike Johnston’s office released a draft of the first major effort in nearly 20 years to modernize school financing in Colorado. The draft will be […]

Capitol Update – Feb. 22, 2012

Capitol Update – Feb. 22, 2012
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 22, 2013

Online Learning: This week Reilly Pharo, Children’s Campaign Vice President for Education Initiatives, testified in support of Senate Bill 13-139 (Roberts/Coram). It would drive access, quality and affordability for students taking online course while still enrolled in traditional schools. Blended learning helps drive a more […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 22, 2013

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Feb. 22, 2013
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: February 22, 2013

In the 2012-2013 school year, 14.4 percent of all Colorado students (nearly 125,000 children) were English Language Learners (ELLs). Since 2002-2003, the number of ELL students in Colorado has increased by nearly 45 percent. Research shows it takes an ELL student an average of four […]

Capitol Update: Children’s Campaign President and School Finance Partnership Co-Chairs Present to Joint Education Committee

Capitol Update: Children’s Campaign President and School Finance Partnership Co-Chairs Present to Joint Education Committee
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 15, 2013

Legislators were briefed this week on the School Finance Partnership’s nearly two-year effort to come to full consensus on principles to overhaul Colorado’s outdated and inequitable school finance law. Partnership Co-Chairs Chris Watney, Cary Kennedy and Bob Deibel gave a school finance presentation to the Joint Education […]

Capitol Update – Feb. 8, 2013

Capitol Update – Feb. 8, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 8, 2013

Next week we expect two of our priority bills to have second committee hearings, including: Alignment of Child Development Programs: House Bill 13-1117 (Hamner/Hodge,Newell) will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the Legislative Services Building Room A. […]

School Finance Continues to Move Forward as Key Issue at the Capitol for Kids

School Finance Continues to Move Forward as Key Issue at the Capitol for Kids
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 1, 2013

The efforts of the School Finance Partnership continue as we enter the legislative session, with many eyes at the capitol and communities statewide focused on the effort to overhaul the state’s School Finance Act. Sen. Mike Johnston hopes to introduce legislation this month and to […]

Capitol Update: Early Childhood, School Breakfast and CHP+ Bills Move Ahead

Capitol Update: Early Childhood, School Breakfast and CHP+ Bills Move Ahead
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 1, 2013

This week was busy at the Capitol, with three key pieces of Children’s Campaign legislation being heard in committees, including testimony from two of our staff: Alignment of Child Development Programs: House Bill 13-1117 earned bipartisan approval from the House Public Health Care and Human […]