Legislature

TBD Colorado is ready for you to speak up on education, transportation

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 4, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

When Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the TBD Colorado effort last year, he said he wanted Coloradans to "share their vision and priorities for our state."

Thousands of residents – including many of you – did just that by attending meetings across the state to identify important issues facing our state. The governor's goal was to spur conversation and gather opinions, and Coloradans delivered.

Today, we take the next step in the process. TBD Colorado wants to get your thoughts and opinions on education and transportation.

Tuition aid for undocumented college students hailed in Colorado

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: January 25, 2013
Author:

Fox News Latino website

The wide political backing for a bill in the Colorado legislature to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at public universities appears to assure that the measure will finally pass after six failed attempts.

SB 33, offered by Democratic Sens. Michael Johnston and Angela Giron, was approved this Thursday in the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 6-3.

College Costs Keeping Minorities in Poverty, Experts Say

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: February 15, 2013
Author:

Fox News Latino website

Going to college has become a losing proposition for a growing number of minority youth in Colorado who find themselves burdened with student debt in an economy that is short on good-paying jobs.

"I know several people, including two very close friends, who ... have degrees, but also have a lot of debt and because they can't find work, they end up mowing lawns," Jason Chavez, a business administration student at a Denver university, told Efe.

Supporting working families will strengthen state

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: February 24, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

By Kathleen Hallgren
Guest columnist, The Daily Camera

It's been said that the best anti-poverty measure is a job. But for more than a quarter of Colorado's workforce, working hard isn't enough to make ends meet.

In a recent report, we found that more than 48,000 working families in Colorado lived below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four in 2011. Another 154,085 families – 27 percent of all working families in Colorado – lived on up to twice that amount.

Hallgren: When Colorado’s working families are self-sufficient, the state is stronger

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: February 21, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

By Kathleen Hallgren
Guest columnist, The Greeley Tribune

It's been said that the best anti-poverty measure is a job. But for more than a quarter of Colorado's workforce, working hard isn't enough to make ends meet.

In a recent report, we found that more than 48,000 working families in Colorado lived below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four in 2011. Another 154,085 families – 27 percent of all working families in Colorado – lived on up to twice that amount.

College success a reality for more high school students

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: February 21, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

Here at the Bell Policy Center, we know that it takes time to turn research into policy and then legislation. Of course, what really matters is the results.

Well, the latest results are in on concurrent enrollment, and they are dramatic. And we couldn't be more pleased – because more Colorado high school students are following their dreams and attending college and because we worked hard to help craft the legislation that put concurrent enrollment in place.

Success from the session: Ritter signs bills to boost student success, opportunity

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 21, 2009
Author: Waterous, Frank

By Frank Waterous
Senior Policy Analyst
waterous@thebell.org

In front of a standing-room-only crowd, including legislators, the lieutenant governor, the state treasurer, the commissioner of education, key education stakeholders, school administrators, teachers and – most important of all – hundreds of students, Gov. Bill Ritter today signed into law nine education bills passed during this year's legislative session. The ceremony was held at the Denver Public Schools' Career Education Center in north Denver.

HB 13-1005: Basic Education & Career & Tech Ed Pilot Program (IBEST – Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training)

Type: Opportunity Note
Published Date: January 28, 2013
Author: Waterous, Frank

This bill represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado, and the Bell Policy Center strongly supports it. The innovative and collaborative pilot program established through the bill is based on a successful educational model employed in other states. It will help low-literacy, low-skilled working-age adults more quickly and effectively acquire the education and technical skills they need for successful participation in the 21st century workforce.

Health Foundation report shows positive impact of Medicaid expansion

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: February 19, 2013
Author: Arellano, Alec

By 2026, Colorado will add 22,388 new jobs, increase economic activity by $4.4 billion and raise average annual household earnings by $608 if the state proceeds with the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid eligibility. These predictions are from a recently released report commissioned by the Colorado Health Foundation: Medicaid Expansion: Examining the Impact on Colorado's Economy.

HB13-1165: Creation of a Manufacturing Career Pathway

Type: Testimony
Published Date: February 18, 2013
Author: Waterous, Frank

Creation of a Manufacturing Career Pathway

House Bill 13-1165

Testimony to the House Education Committee
Frank Waterous, Senior Policy Analyst
Feb. 18, 2013

My name is Frank Waterous, and I am a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.

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