Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 13, 201720min921

“My name is Andy Kerr, and I am running for Congress,” the Democratic state senator told a crowd of family, friends, colleagues and supporters filling the gymnasium as he began his speech at Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood on Wednesday afternoon. It’s the same way U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter — at that time a former state senator from a nearby district — introduced himself, approaching “every hand in the room that would shake his” a little over a decade ago when he was running in the Democratic primary for an open seat representing the 7th Congressional District, Kerr recalled.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 10, 20176min371

A couple of Mesa County women didn't fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall's general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn't sound like the SAT test this year's 11th graders took is anything like their parent's SAT tests. Could it be ... easier?


Jennifer LandrumJennifer LandrumMarch 13, 20174min507

In many ways, preschool creates the foundation for school success. The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) believes strongly that early childhood education and preschool should offer a welcoming environment for every child. It is while attending preschool that children learn to love learning; when we use suspensions and expulsions, we send the opposite message. Such exclusionary discipline tells young children that school is not a welcoming place, which can trigger long-term consequences.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 20177min441

Although it starts with a splash of levity, the House Republican caucus’s weekly video update quickly moves onto more serious ground. “This is Jim Wilson from Salida, Colorado,” says state Rep. Yuelin Willett, R-Grand Junction, as his serious gaze dissolves into a grin and an imposing figure enters the frame, shooing away the imposter. “Not even close,” says Wilson. “I’m the real Jim Wilson.”


Jared WrightJared WrightJanuary 30, 20174min425

Last week, Colorado and many other states celebrated National School Choice Week, which raises public awareness for all types of education options for children. The goal is to make a world-class education available for every child. While the type of best education differs for each child, ranging from public school to private school to online education to homeschooling, one element is consistently at the heart of public school options — parents. Each year, as I travel from conference to conference and as I leave each conference, I am continually inspired to continue my work fighting for parents to have access to every public school option. This year, my determination to ensure parents voices are heard is even greater for this legislative session.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 4, 20179min264

The case of an autistic Colorado boy whose parents seek better special education for him could result in a national standard for educating disabled children when his lawsuit goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, according to educators and their attorneys. Some school districts complain the case could force them to shift more of their scarce financial resources to special education. Advocates for the nation’s roughly six million disabled schoolchildren say the quality of special education varies between states, leaving students in some states with few hopes of using education to ascend beyond their disabilities.

Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 26, 20162min250
State Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs is keeping important company these day. The Senate Education chairman is working with former Reagan Education Secretary Bill Bennett on a local-control policy called Conservative Leaders for Education. He joined Bennett on a conference call this week to talk about the four R’s—readin’, ‘ritin’, ‘rithmetic and Republicanism. The […]

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Jared WrightJared WrightNovember 7, 20164min439

If you haven’t voted yet — and you are wondering what to do, let me share a thought. I have written recently that I disagree with Hillary Clinton on policy and believe she has committed crimes. But, I have also conveyed a disappointment in Trump’s lack of decorum. Despite that conundrum, I voted for Trump. How did I do that if I prefer a minimum dignity threshold for public office? I liken it to a wrestling match, where both contenders have sloppy technique, but one wins on points.