Colorado Moves Ahead on Ambitious K-12 Package
Measures approved by Colorado lawmakers with strong backing from Gov. Bill Ritter hold potentially big implications for the state’s K-12 education system, including a move to revamp state standards and tests, and a bill allowing schools to seek more autonomy from certain state rules—and from collective-bargaining pacts.
“These bills represent some of the most important work the legislature did this session,” Gov. Ritter, a Democrat, said at a May 14 ceremony where he signed into law four bills passed in the just-concluded session, including one of his top priorities, the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids. That plan aims to create a seamless preschool-to-college educational system.
Mr. Ritter, who also put his signature on a budget boosting K-12 education funding by about 10 percent, was expected to sign all the education bills by...
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