Jared Polis Foundation Education Report Fall 2005


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From 2002-2008, the Jared Polis Foundation (JPF) Education Report reached out to Colorado households, organizations and government entities semi-annually highlighting educational reform, advances and local educational issues.

The foundation decided to end the program in the fall 2008.

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Jared Polis Foundation Education Report Fall 2005

  1. 1. fp Fall_05 newsletter.qxp 8/9/2005 5:23 AM Page 1 2005 Legislative Roundup P.O. Box 4659 Boulder, CO 80306 NON-PROFIT U.S. POSTAGE SB 200 - School Finance Act revenues from school trust lands Individual Education Plans to take tests www.jaredpolisfoundation.org PAID (Sen.Windels/Rep. Pommer) to go to the intergenerational other than the CSAP, whether scores Printed on Recycled Paper Denver, CO This bill increases the minimum funding permanent school fund. of such assessments should be included PERMIT #5031 per student to $5689; expands the on the schools report card, at what "at-risk" funding factor to include SB 81 - School Nutrition Policies grade level the test should be adminis- students whose dominant language (Sen. Sandoval/Rep. Madden) tered, and any effects on funding. is not English; increases the "at-risk" To support childrens health, this bill funding factor; adds 3310 slots for the encourages school districts to have a SB 32 - Preschool Count Dates Colorado Preschool Program - 2810 student nutrition and wellness policy (Sen.Williams/Rep. Hefley) for preschool and 500 for full-day by July 1, 2006, as required by federal Allows school districts to count Kindergarten; authorizes $200,000 law. Areas may include ensuring access preschool students and three- and for civic education programs; and, to healthful food choices, information four-year old students with disabilities authorizes $83,000 for teachers about nutritional content, and on November 1 instead of October 1. national credential fees. nutritional guidelines. SB 88 - Kindergarten SB 91 - Dropout and Graduation HB 1024 - Dropout Prevention (Sen. Shaffer/Rep. Solano) Rate Calculation Fund Quality Kindergarten and preschool (Sen. Spence/Rep.T. Carroll) (Rep. Solano/Sen.Williams) programs are proven ways to save School districts use different ways This bill establishes a state income tax long-term costs because they improve to report high school graduation and check-off fund for school dropout childrens learning and development dropout rates that often understate the prevention efforts that focus on before- and help close achievement gaps. actual numbers. This bill requires one and after-school, arts, and vocational This bill requires districts to provide statewide method for calculating high education programs. Please consider Kindergarten. school graduation, dropout, mobility, checking off the dropout prevention continuing education, and promotion fund box on your next income tax For all bills, additional details are omit- rates, to be determined by the State statement. ted due to space constraints. If interest- F a l l 2 0 0 5 Board of Education. SB 196 - School Land Trust HB 1246 - Alternatives to CSAP for Students with Disabilities ed in more information, please visit www.jaredpolisfoundation.org Jared Polis Education Report (Sen. Owen/Rep. Buescher) (Rep. Solano/Sen.Williams) This bill adds to long-term education Requires a study of whether it would funding by authorizing some lease be appropriate for students with Jared Polis Foundation Dear Coloradans, us! The Jared Polis Foundation works to build strong communities by I am excited to share with you the Fall 2005 issue of the tactndation supporting education throughout the state of Colorado.We believe Jared Polis Education Report.This report contains important corenPolis Fou education is the source of strength, growth and sustenance for our information on after-school programs, Referenda C and D, state. We promote high standards in education through four main approaches: (1) providing technology resources through the and legislative updates. I welcome you to share any ideas with me at jpolis@jaredpolisfoundation.org or by mail at P.O. Box Community Computer Connection public charity so that schools a d J x 4659 6 and non-profits can be successful in their work; (2) promoting P.O. Bo 0 4659, Boulder, CO, 80306. Our children and community ben- O 803 school reform and helping to open alternative schools of choice for Bou lder, C 42-1130 efit when parents, neighbors and educators work together to : 303-4 those with unique needs through Colorado Youth Charity; (3) Phone 3-998-1694 org meet the needs of all Colorado students. . encouraging and inspiring educators in their work through appreci- Fax: 30 isfoundation ation gifts and grant making opportunities; (4) informing the public aredp ol www.j of policies and events impacting education in Colorado through our education report. Jared Polis Vice-Chairman and Member-At-Large Colorado State Board of Education F a l l 2 0 0 5 Jared Polis Education Report Not Paid for by Tax Dollars
  2. 2. fp Fall_05 newsletter.qxp 8/9/2005 5:23 AM Page 2 Referenda C and D DU Bridge Project Statewide After-School Network For over 14 years the University of Denver This November, Colorado voters !Support K-12 school construc- Graduate School of Social Work has served In January 2005, a new statewide alcohol use and juvenile crime2. In and coordinate quality after-school will have a chance to vote on two tion ($147 million) underprivileged children and their parents network was launched to increase Colorado, only 11% of children parti- programs, and will be a critical ballot measures on state revenue !Support state universities, col- through its Bridge Project.Working in three state and local support for after- cipate in an after-school program resource to parents, practitioners and spending: Referendum C leges, and community colleges Denver public housing areas (South Lincoln school programs serving Colorado while 37% of children without a par- and policymakers. and Referendum D. In the 2005 construction ($50 million) Park, Columbine and Westwood), the Bridge school-age children.With support ent at home are left unsupervised in session, Colorado legislators sent from local, state and national For more information, please visit !Repair and replace highways and Projects programs have informed, educated the afternoon3. www.jaredpolisfoundation.org these measures to the ballot. Both bridges, and complete other and motivated children and youth to stay in organizations, the Colorado After- referenda would allow the state School Network seeks to connect To help meet this need, the Network specific transportation projects school and improve their current and future 1 Huang, D., Gibbons, B., Kim, K.S., Lee, C., & Baker, to override revenue and spending providers with families and engage has identified three broad-based goals E.L. (2000). A decade of results:The Impact of the ($1.7 billion) educational opportunities. limits required by TABOR policymakers in an effort to support to guide its efforts: L.A.s BEST after school enrichment initiative in sub- !Address shortfalls for pensions The projects after-school program has recruit- !Build public will - Develop a net- sequent student achievement and performance. (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) to for police officers and fire the development and sustainability 2 Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. (2000). Americas pay for specific services. ed a team of volunteers (including community of quality after-school programs. work of statewide, regional, and After-School Choice:The Prime Time for Juvenile fighters ($175 million) members, organizations, faculty and staff) to local after-school programs and Crime, Or Youth Enrichment and Achievement. Referendum C would allow In addition to letting the state provide needed services to children and their Across the nation, after-school pro- partners to build public will to 3 Afterschool Alliance. (2004). America After 3pm. the state to spend or save all the spend the revenues it collects, parents. Through tutoring, reading programs, grams are growing in importance in support after-school programs revenue it collects for five years Referendum C would permanently homework help, mentoring, clubs, and other support of educational outcomes and !Inform policy development - (2006-2010), to support schools, eliminate the "ratchet effect" by opportunities, the after-school program assists developmental opportunities for all Monitor and analyze national, state, health care, roads, and police and allowing the state to return its with educational and social growth. A child may students. Research shows that youth and local policies affecting after- fire fighter pensions. The measure revenue and spending to also choose to participate in other extra who participate in after-school school quality and funding, and would allow an estimated $3.1 bil- pre-recession levels. curricular activities provided by the program programs are more likely to have advocate for policies that lead to lion to be spent during those five such as joining Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or the better school attendance, improved long-term funding years that would otherwise go to a Chess Club. grades, and are less likely to drop !Improve quality of programs - refund mechanism. Referendum D out1. In addition, quality after-school Increase the quality and success would authorize bonds for Last year, the Bridge Project successfully helped programs support the needs of 385 children and more than 50 adults with its of after-school programs through construction and maintenance working parents by providing safe information sharing, peer network- projects to: services. For more information, contact Mary and supervised environments for Krane at mkrane@du.edu, 303-871-7405, or ing, access to research, training, youth during the most at-risk hours. and evaluation visit www.du.edu/bridgeproject The time after the school day ends is the peak period when youth engage in The Network will support efforts by risky behaviors such as drug and Colorado decision-makers to mobilize CU Business Leadership Program The Colorado Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs The University of Colorados Leeds The week-long program allows students The program selects 30 individuals per For many years, the Boys and Girls Together, the nine constituent organ- Boys and Girls Club membership School of Business works to broaden to: year from 400 high schools throughout Club has provided valuable after- izations of the Colorado Alliance of ranges in age from six to 18, and diversity within the school and beyond !Win a $1,000 scholarship to the Colorado and looks for well-rounded, school programs for thousands Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly three-quarters of the members are through its Business Leadership school diverse students with strong academic of young people.These programs 45,000 young Coloradans each year, age 12 or younger.The Clubs have Program. This program provides top !Compete in an advertising performance and community service have focused on the following areas including more than 27,000 Club significant participation among high school students from diverse back- campaign involvement. It partners with major of childhood development and Members. On any given school day, minority youth, and have had over grounds with an understanding of busi- !Interact with guest speakers from corporations and several local business- education: on average nearly 3,000 young 2,100 volunteers supplement more ness fundamentals, computer skills and major corporations es for funding, guest speakers, training !Development of Character and people attend the local Clubs.That than 500 staff. a chance to network with business pro- sessions and other resources. Leadership number is slightly higher during the !Meet Business School faculty and For more information, please contact fessionals, all on the Boulder campus. !Education and Career Assistance summer months when school is out administrators For more information, contact Aswad your local Boys and Girls Club or !Health and Life Skills of session. Currently, there are 32 !Be a "CU Student for a Day" Allen at aswad.allen@colorado.edu, the Boys and Girls Club sites in visit www.bgca.org !Socialize with students and peers Office of Diversity Affairs at 303-735- !The Arts Colorado, operated by eight local from different high schools 5117 or 303-735-5644, or visit !Sports, Fitness and Recreation corporations and four military bases. F a l l 2 0 0 5 http://leeds.colorado.edu !Computer Technology For more information, visit Jared Polis Education Report w w w. j a r e d p o l i s f o u n d a t i o n . o r g