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.

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Discusses Early Childhood and Revenue

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Discusses Early Childhood and Revenue
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 9, 2012

Early childhood education and revenue were the topics discussed in this week’s meeting of the school finance technical advisory group. Children’s Campaign President and CEO Chris Watney emphasized to the group that strengthening preschool and kindergarten services and the need for adequate funding are not […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Colorado High School Graduation Rate

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Colorado High School Graduation Rate
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: November 9, 2012

In 2011, Colorado’s high school graduation rate was 73.9 percent, a slight increase from the previous year. Ensuring all children graduate from high school is important not only for their future economic success, but for the future of our state as a whole. One study […]

Governor’s Proposed Budget Holds Promise for Colorado Kids

Governor’s Proposed Budget Holds Promise for Colorado Kids
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: November 2, 2012

There was good news for Colorado kids in the proposed budget Gov. John Hickenlooper released this week. After years of declining or stagnant budgets, the governor proposed making new investments in the following: Education: The proposed K-12 budget includes $201 million in new money, an […]

Colorado Applies for Race to the Top

Colorado Applies for Race to the Top
Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: November 2, 2012

Colorado recently submitted its application to the Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Fund for nearly $30 million over the next four years. Colorado was one of five states eligible to apply for the non-competitive round two of the grant, as it is among the five […]

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Examines Special Education Funding

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Examines Special Education Funding
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 26, 2012

The school finance technical advisory group convened by Sen. Mike Johnston and the Colorado Children’s Campaign took on the significant and complex topic of special education funding in Colorado at a public meeting Thursday. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Education led a discussion on […]

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Students Receiving Special Education Services

KidsFlash Fast Fact – Students Receiving Special Education Services
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: October 26, 2012

In 2011, 9.7 percent of Colorado students – nearly 83,000 children – were enrolled in special education services in Colorado public schools. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of students receiving special education services increased by 6.6 percent, rising only slightly faster than total pupil […]

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Hosts National Expert Ken Wong

School Finance Technical Advisory Group Hosts National Expert Ken Wong
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 19, 2012

Colorado’s school financing method was explored in depth Tuesday in the first working meeting of a school finance technical advisory group convened by Sen. Mike Johnston and the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Professor Ken Wong, director of Brown University’s graduate program in Urban Education Policy and […]

Fast Fact – High School Grads Placed in Remedial Courses

Fast Fact – High School Grads Placed in Remedial Courses
Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: October 19, 2012

In fiscal year 2010-11, 32 percent of all recent high school graduates in Colorado who went on to attend a public higher education institution in the state were placed in remedial courses in at least one subject. The number of Colorado high school graduates who […]

Progress of Turnaround Schools Shows Promise; More Work Ahead

Progress of Turnaround Schools Shows Promise; More Work Ahead
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 12, 2012

Intense efforts to turn around underperforming schools are making gains, including unprecedented successes in Far Northeast Denver and the Westminster 50 school district, according to a report released this week by A+ Denver. However, the evaluation found that not every district working on turning around […]