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Noonan: State required tests risk religious, citizenship discrimination in higher ed

Paula Noonan
Student data privacy and standardized testing have floated around the Capitol as hot issues for several years. In this legislative session, religious and citizenship discrimination has been added to this boiling stew through SB17-102, a bill concerned with demographic information collected by the College Board testing service through its Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) and […]

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Noonan: Red meat bill strategy wastes time and money at the Legislature

Paula Noonan
Patrick Neville, House minority leader from Castle Rock, said at the state GOP’s Capitol Club gathering that, “We’re going to make sure we push some good red meat bills.” For those confused by the term, those are: School choice, religious freedom, Second Amendment rights and abortion. News stories outlining Neville’s assurances were published in this […]

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Noonan: In politics, a principled person is hard to find

Paula Noonan
Huey Long, the legendary populist from Louisiana, said “The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century transcendentalist, said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Both aphorisms are much in play lately. Republican Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, is sponsoring a bill, SB17-062, on free […]

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Noonan: Fort Carson soldiers in Zagan, Poland meet up with tragic European history

Paula Noonan

The U.S. military is sending 3,500 American troops to Zagan, Poland, from Fort Carson to meet NATO commitments. The Polish defense minister called the American mission a “fulfillment of a dream Poles have had for decades,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The last time American military were in Zagan was from 1943-1945. Many U.S. airmen […]

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Noonan: US results flat on international PISA tests while Singapore brings home the gold

Paula Noonan
The tower in Pisa leans over in a predictable manner due to a three-meter foundation set in weak, unstable subsoil, according to authorities. The PISA tests, aka the Program for International Student Assessment, also produce predictable results across 72 countries with 500,000 tested students representing 28 million 15-year-olds. PISA is not an achievement test. It […]

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Noonan: Final results show election angst on both sides turns into not much in Colorado

Paula Noonan
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 […]

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Noonan: Big data misses the mark and messes with policy

Paula Noonan
Most polls and big data analysts missed the target election night. After at least a year and a half of taking the country’s presidential preference temperature and analyzing voter behavior using complicated algorithms and finger crossing and concluding that Hillary Clinton would win, Donald Trump took the night. “If ‘big data’ is not that useful […]

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? Noonan: The May-Priola Senate race could be the linchpin for both parties

Paula Noonan
As it turns out, the 2016 general election in Colorado will probably follow the recent trends of presidential election cycles, with two exceptions that may help Republicans hold the state Senate. The most important numbers to watch are ballot returns. As of time of publication, Democrats have turned in more ballots than Republicans. That’s especially […]

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? Noonan: Both parties chastened by voters registering Unaffiliated en masse

Paula Noonan
Voter registration trends for Colorado’s major political parties are getting worse by the month. The “totals” look bad and the “younger voters” numbers are terrible. Here are the facts: Sept. 1 registered voter numbers for Democrats: 1,166, 819; for Republicans: 1,147,424; and for Unaffiliateds: 1,337,145. Oct. 1 registered voter numbers for Democrats: 1,177,863; for Republicans: […]

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Noonan: School district mill, bond resolutions cannot resolve state underfunding

Paula Noonan
Colorado’s public schools have experienced the short end of the money stick since the 2008 recession. From 2010, annual funding has run about $950 per year per student less than obligated. The state Legislature labels the gap as the “school finance negative factor.” That’s the crisis that many school districts want to mitigate through bond […]

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