By Jessica Caballero
Todd Engdahl of EdNews Colorado summarizes the big issues in education on November’s ballot: Amendment 66, bond measures and district tax proposals. The story also provides links to district websites where readers can check out their local candidates for school board elections. Ballots in 23 districts feature tax measures that hope to raise an estimated $206.4 million in bond money, according to the Colorado School Finance Project.
No Child Left Behind and where Colorado education reform may go from here
Debbie Kelley and Carol McGraw of The Gazette cover the recent reforms tried by Colorado public schools as a result of No Child Left Behind. In Colorado districts, this has meant additional teacher education reforms, increased access to educational opportunities for low-income and minority students, modifying Common Core Standards, and looking at Finland for what the U.S. can learn from that country’s highly successful approach to education reform.
Amendment 66 may not be beneficial for all school districts in Colorado
NBC 11 News in Grand Junction reports that rural school districts are worrying about the reduction of their funding if Amendment 66 were to pass next month. Mesa County’s DeBeque School District, with 122 students, claims its per-student funding will decrease, according to reporter Sara Zendehnam.
On Oct. 15, a Denver judge threw out a late challenge from two members of Coloradans for Real Education Reform, who tried to invalidate signatures of petitioners and remove the Amendment 66 from the November ballot.