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 15, 2013

Capitol Update – March 15, 2013
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

School Finance: Sen. Mike Johnston’s proposed overhaul of the state School Finance Act was introduced late last week along with data on the positive impact the overhaul would have on every Colorado school district. Senate Bill 13-2013 (Johnston & Heath/Hamner) would be the first significant […]

Medicaid Expansion Hearing Features Uninsured Olathe Mother of Three

Medicaid Expansion Hearing Features Uninsured Olathe Mother of Three
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 15, 2013

The first citizen to testify on the proposed expansion of Medicaid on Thursday drove five and a half hours to tell her story to lawmakers. Tish Barber of Olathe is a mother of three boys who are covered by Medicaid, giving Tish and her husband […]

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 […]

KIDS COUNT in Colorado! release set for March 18

KIDS COUNT in Colorado! release set for March 18
Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 8, 2013

Please join us as we release the 2013 edition of KIDS COUNT in Colorado! on March 18 at 2:00 p.m. at a news conference with Gov. John Hickenlooper, lawmakers and child advocates from across the state in the West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol. This year […]

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 […]

Sequestration Looms

Sequestration Looms
Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 1, 2013

Automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts go into effect today under previously passed deficit reduction laws, collectively termed “sequestration.” These cuts will drastically impact a number of priority health, education, and early childhood services that help low-income children and families in the wake of the recent recession. […]

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 […]

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 […]