Articles: Tough Choices report calls for restructure of education system, Legislative Status Report goes live, Do we know enough about achievement gap to close it?, Educational alignment is key to ???Chance for Success," Education Trust: spending policies shortchange poor students, Medical expenses contribute to families??? credit card debt, California governor proposes health plan, Payday loans cost Colorado consumers $76 million in 2005, Voluntary accounts will bolster retirement savings
Articles: Federal budget policies pose risk to future generations, Gov. Owens sends his final budget to JBC, Colorado higher education under-funded, NCHEMS says, Colorado economic growth to slow a bit in ???07, States gain with higher minimum wage
Gov. Ritter: Education a key investment for economic growth; Bell to research state funding needs and revenue potential, start ???purposeful discussion???; Proposed federal regulation could cost Colorado hospitals $128 million; Health Care Day of Action draws hundreds to state Capitol; Economic snapshot: strong economy, high costs for the poor; Two reports examine how immigrants affect the U.S. labor force; Micro-loans help low-income women start businesses
Articles: Legislature considers full plate of opportunity-related education bills; Free school breakfasts help hungry kids start the day fed and ready to learn; Eligible citizens denied services due to new identification requirements; Earned Income Tax Credit payouts stimulate local economies; www.thebell.org gets a functional overhaul
Revised Opportunity Note reflects amendments made in the Senate to SB 07-148. The Fast College Fast Jobs bill allow eligible school districts to contract with higher education institutions to create programs through which participating high school students could simultaneously complete, within five years, both a high school diploma and an associates degree or career and technical education certificate.
Policy brief explaining why Colorado should use 15% of federal ???Reed Act??? funds to ensure the provision of effective workforce development services to the state???s growing population of unemployed and underemployed workers.
To be considered a state of opportunity i n the 21st century, Colorado must provide its adults - both young and old - with access to lifelong education and training . Real opportunities for further education and training must not only be available to recent high school graduates, but also to high school dropouts of all ages who are trying to get back on the Cycle of Opportunity, English language learners, and high school graduates who find their skills are no longer good enough.