From: Education News Colorado [EdNews@pebc.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:22 PM
To: Marquez, Joe
Subject: Yet another eNewsletter
We know you’ve already received your recommended daily dose of two Capitol eNewsletters, but we’re sending this third one to give you the link to our story on preliminary Senate passage of Senate Bill 10-191, the educator effectiveness proposal, and to send along Friday’s calendar.
Ritter inks 2010-11 budget
Gov. Bill Ritter Thursday signed House Bill 10-1376, the $19 billion-and-change 2010-11 state budget bill.
The governor, flanked by Democratic leaders and most Joint Budget Committee members, performed the traditional multiple-pen signing ceremony and said the obligatory things about how the budget was tough but fair and balanced.
Some lawmakers recently have raised alarms about a possible $1.7 billion shortfall in the 2011-12 budget, but Ritter was more cautious, saying, “We really need to look at the [next revenue] forecast.”
The governor sounded upbeat about Senate Bill 10-003, the higher education tuition and financial flexibility bill, but repeated that he wants the program to sunset in a few years. (Later in the afternoon, the Senate Education Committee added that amendment to the bill.)
Ritter diplomatically threw cold water on another higher ed funding proposal, Senate Concurrent Resolution 10-004. That’s the keno-for-colleges constitutional amendment.
The governor said he feared the plan would reduce other gambling revenues and added, “the amount of money doesn’t solve the problem.” By tinkering with revenues “at the margins we give voters the idea we have solved the problem.”
Also signed Thursday were House Bill 10-1183, which authorizes a study of alternative school finance methods, and Senate Bill 10-111, which changes some laws governing the Charter School Institute.
The Friday calendar
7:30 a.m. – Senate Appropriations Committee, room 356
- House Bill 10-1131 – Colorado Kids Outdoors grant program
- Senate Concurrent Resolution 10-003 – Changing signature requirements for initiatives
9 a.m. – House final consideration
- Senate Bill 10-108 – Allowing participation by private institutions in state system of common core college courses.
- House Bill 10-1425 – Technical change regarding rehiring of some DPS retirees
House preliminary consideration
- House Concurrent Resolution 10-1002 – Exemption of education taxes from TABOR (may be laid over)
9 a.m. – Senate final consideration
- Senate Bill 10-191 – Educator evaluations and tenure
Senate preliminary consideration
- Senate Bill 10-003 – Higher education tuition and financial flexibility (expected to be brought up on special orders)
2 p.m. - State Board of Education legislative discussion, boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave.
Use the Education Bill Tracker for links to bill texts and status information.
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