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John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 31, 20178min368

State Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican and school choice champion, held a telephone press conference Monday on which he lauded multi-millionaire school reform advocate Betsy DeVos as the right person to head the U.S. Department of Education for the Trump administration. The call was meant to put pressure on Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to vote for the DeVos confirmation.  ”We know Michael Bennet shares values" with DeVos -- on fostering diversity of options to increase choice for parents and students, Hill said. So it would be clear, he continued, that "Bennet's opposition to her confirmation would be for political reasons." The DeVos nomination has been the target of an intense protest campaign by public school advocates and progressive citizens and political groups who believe DeVos’s reform philosophy centered around school choice would undercut public education. They say she was chosen for the nation’s top education administration position more for her ideology and history of political campaign contributions than for her preparedness for the job.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 4, 20179min237

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.


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 5, 20164min373

In the grand total of many things political, Democrats did well in Colorado in 2016, going against the fly-over state trend. Even so, at the state level, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Statewide, unaffiliated voters broke toward Democrats at about 4.5 percent. With party registrations in November at almost even between Democrats and Republicans, both parties needed unaffiliated voters to give them more votes, and Democrats won that battle decisively.