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Noonan: Bill envisions high quality education for Colorado … But where’s the money?

Paula Noonan
A new bipartisan bill, Achieving a Vision for Education in Colorado, HB17-1287, sets up an advisory board to create a strategic plan for public education, preschool through college, for implementation up to 2030. The bill recognizes that the 21st century world is “fiercely competitive” and that a “world class highly effective twenty-first-century learning system is the […]

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Noonan: Charter vs. School District money fights result from public education underfunding

Paula Noonan
Public school funding advocates are reduced to fighting over scraps lately, with two bills attempting to “equalize” school finance from different directions. The big picture is that the state Legislature, since the Great Recession, hasn’t come up with any solution to public school underfunding.

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Noonan: New ‘most accessed’ bills list gives peek at political strategy

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Republican state legislators dominate as sponsors of the capitol’s new, “most accessed bills” list with three pieces of legislation written to push Democrats over the edge. The top “most accessed” bill, killed in the House chamber, took a direct shot at politicians who support sanctuary cities, meaning Democrats in Denver and Aurora. Second is a […]

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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

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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

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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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