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Republicans on State Affairs do about-face, pass contraception bill

Up was down and right was left Wednesday at the state Capitol. You might think that if you witnessed the vote Wednesday afternoon in the...

Colorado educators, lawmakers split on education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos

Colorado’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Michael Bennet, is getting an earful from Colorado education advocates and lawmakers about Betsy DeVos. Bennet sits on the Senate...

Conservative education reform has “window of opportunity” in 2017

Equal funding for charter schools failed to gain enough traction in the 2016 legislative session. But Republican state Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs,...

What’s ALEC? And why are so many Colorado lawmakers hooked on...

At least nine Republican lawmakers from Colorado are meeting this week with a secretive national group focused on crafting ready-to-go conservative legislation. And next year, that...

Insurance companies beat rural Coloradans in pharmacy fight

Terri Newland of Basalt put a thermometer in her mailbox on Wednesday morning. It read 42 degrees. By 4 p.m. the thermometer had shot...

Colorado lawmakers try again to tighten protection of student data

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Todd Engdahl on March 30, 2016 Education software providers would be subject to new rules and school districts would...

Republicans killed this parental leave bill two years in a row

The first time Nicholas Rodriguez found himself in trouble at school, his mom Nicole was just down the hall working as a food service...

Thunderdome 2015: LGBTQ people vs. Christian right

“Thunderdome 2015” is The Colorado Independent's wrap-up series on the 2015 legislative season. For a series overview, check out “Thunderdome 2015: 120 days under the...

Do-over $20M Denver Schools bill passes out of House as clock...

“We have to watch what happens here. You see how it affects us,” she said. “So far, I have not heard a good reason for anyone to vote no on this... We have to show them that community members are watching them.”

Senate Republicans bury windfall $20M per year for Denver public schools

Denver public schools Wednesday afternoon lost $20 million a year that would have funneled directly into classrooms. The windfall would have come without lawmakers passing...
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