education http://krcc.org en Planning for the Future: Water Education for Colorado's Youth http://krcc.org/post/planning-future-water-education-colorados-youth <p><br />When it comes to water, Colorado’s kids can expect to face a challenging future;&nbsp; a growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs.&nbsp; That’s one reason educators and policy-makers say it’s critical to teach young people about water management.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:00:06 +0000 Sam Fuqua 21775 at http://krcc.org Planning for the Future: Water Education for Colorado's Youth Capitol Conversation: Pending Measures http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-pending-measures <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Lawmakers at the state capitol have some big-ticket items to iron out before the session wraps up in May.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:55:58 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17700 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Pending Measures Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill http://krcc.org/post/sponsor-pulls-cyber-bullying-bill <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: verdana; line-height: normal;">A bill aimed at creating new penalties for cyber bullying failed in the senate judiciary committee on Wednesday. The sponsor reluctantly asked lawmakers to postpone the bill, saying it needs more study. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:07:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17539 at http://krcc.org Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill 'Student Success Act' Passes House on Initial Vote http://krcc.org/post/student-success-act-passes-house-initial-vote <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:20:16 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17501 at http://krcc.org 'Student Success Act' Passes House on Initial Vote While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same http://krcc.org/post/while-farm-life-changes-ffa-s-blue-jacket-stays-same <p>The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:06:55 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 17223 at http://krcc.org While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same Cuts Planned at USAFA http://krcc.org/post/cuts-planned-usafa <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Air Force Academy is planning a series of cuts as part of the Pentagon’s 2015 budget proposal.&nbsp;</span>KRCC's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p><p>The cuts would eliminate three percent of the Academy’s workforce and 10 academic majors at the school.&nbsp;Degrees in biochemistry, environmental engineering, and philosophy are among the proposed cuts.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:11:17 +0000 Eliza Densmore 15902 at http://krcc.org Cuts Planned at USAFA Funding K-12: Bi-Partisan Bill Gets First Hearing http://krcc.org/post/funding-k-12-bi-partisan-bill-gets-first-hearing <p>Dozens of school superintendents told lawmakers on the house education committee Monday that Colorado needs to do more to restore K through 12 budget cuts. After a 2013 ballot initiative failed to pass and solve the state’s funding challenges, the problem now falls into the laps of lawmakers. A bi-partisan bill to begin pumping more money into schools got its first hearing at the capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:49:34 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15861 at http://krcc.org Funding K-12: Bi-Partisan Bill Gets First Hearing Capitol Conversation: Education http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-education <p>Lawmakers are rolling out a new bi-partisan funding plan for K through 12 schools, but many in the education community are not board with it. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the education agenda this session, and some unusual alliances it's creating.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15495 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Education Superintendents Seek Greater Role in Education Policy http://krcc.org/post/superintendents-seek-greater-role-education-policy <p>School superintendents in Colorado are concerned about the state’s legislative agenda this session. Nearly every school district in the state wrote a letter asking lawmakers to focus exclusively on restoring budget cuts to schools and drop bills they’re calling unnecessary. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:07:06 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15371 at http://krcc.org Superintendents Seek Greater Role in Education Policy Audit: School Meal Program Missed Funding Opportunities http://krcc.org/post/audit-school-meal-program-missed-funding-opportunities <p>Colorado’s School Meal Program missed out on federal money and grants that could have been used to help feed students in need, according to an audit released Tuesday. KRCC's Elaina Formby reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Office of School Nutrition, or OSN, runs the School Meal Program in Colorado and is responsible for monitoring districts’ adherence to state and federal terms.</span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:21:57 +0000 Elaina Formby & AP 14413 at http://krcc.org Audit: School Meal Program Missed Funding Opportunities Lawmakers Briefed on School Safety http://krcc.org/post/lawmakers-briefed-school-safety <p>School safety experts briefed lawmakers on the joint education committee yesterday. They asked the state to focus on preventing school violence rather than simply trying to stop it. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:41:05 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13929 at http://krcc.org Lawmakers Briefed on School Safety Colorado Springs' SD11 Approves Sale of Building http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-sd11-approves-sale-building <p></p><p>Colorado Springs’ District-11 School Board approved the sale of Abraham Lincoln Elementary to a local developer in a unanimous vote Wednesday. &nbsp;KRCC’s Kate Dunn has more.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Lincoln Elementary shut its doors in May after the district decided to consolidate several underused schools. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>School Board Director Al Loma says local developer Bob Elliott’s proposal would re-purpose the school building and turn it into a mixed-use space for businesses, senior living, and eateries.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:53:49 +0000 Kate Dunn 11449 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs' SD11 Approves Sale of Building Capitol Conversation: Election Results and Impacts on Education http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-election-results-and-impacts-education <p></p><p>Colorado voters support taxing recreational marijuana, but gave a crushing defeat to a proposed billion-dollar tax increase for public schools. In this special election edition of Capitol Conversation, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland analyzes the long- term impacts of the election results with political reporters.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:50:27 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11041 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Election Results and Impacts on Education Voters Mixed on State Issues http://krcc.org/post/voters-mixed-state-issues <p>Colorado voters gave a mixed reaction at the ballot box on a pair of statewide tax increases during yesterday’s election. As Bente Birkeland reports, voters didn’t want to tax themselves to pay for education, but were overwhelmingly willing to tax recreational marijuana to help rebuild schools.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Supporters of Amendment 66 waged a vigorous get out the vote campaign flush with outside money from the likes of Bill Gates and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.</p><p>It wasn’t enough to convince voters to say “yes.”</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:26:46 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11023 at http://krcc.org Voters Mixed on State Issues UCCS Ranked for Women in STEM http://krcc.org/post/uccs-ranked-women-stem <p></p><p>The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was ranked 50<sup>th</sup> among nationwide public and private universities for the number of women enrolled in or graduated from STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, programs.&nbsp;KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:02:19 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 10176 at http://krcc.org UCCS Ranked for Women in STEM As Election Nears, Critics And Supporters Spar Over Education Tax http://krcc.org/post/election-nears-critics-and-supporters-spar-over-education-tax With just over three weeks until the election, the campaign asking Colorado voters to approve a $1 billion tax increase to pay for improvements to public schools are planning what they call a robust door-to-door operation.<p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:04:30 +0000 Bente Birkeland 10108 at http://krcc.org As Election Nears, Critics And Supporters Spar Over Education Tax Colorado Students Not Progressing Enough http://krcc.org/post/colorado-students-not-progressing-enough <p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 03:27:45 +0000 Bente Birkeland 7180 at http://krcc.org Colorado Students Not Progressing Enough Revisiting Sally Ride's Vision: Posthumous Medal of Freedom Recipient http://krcc.org/post/revisiting-sally-rides-vision-posthumous-medal-freedom-recipient <p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:03:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6871 at http://krcc.org Revisiting Sally Ride's Vision: Posthumous Medal of Freedom Recipient Education Campaign Kicks Off http://krcc.org/post/education-campaign-kicks <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Supporters of a tax increase for K-12 schools turned in petitions today to try and get the measure on the November ballot. They submitted twice the amount required by law. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:17:24 +0000 Bente Birkeland 6689 at http://krcc.org Education Campaign Kicks Off Education Tax Ballot Initiative http://krcc.org/post/education-tax-ballot-initiative <p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:59:36 +0000 Bente Birkeland 6552 at http://krcc.org Education Tax Ballot Initiative