The week’s big act probably will a 2 p.m. hearing on Thursday, when the Senate Education Committee will take testimony about the impact of budget cuts on Colorado school districts.
The hearing follows a dozen town hall meetings held across the state Saturday by Democratic lawmakers, who asked residents to “provide feedback and share their ideas, concerns and suggestions about the state’s challenging budget situation.”
Friday’s slightly-better-than-expected revenue forecast may ease next year’s proposed $332 million cut in K-12 funding a bit but it’s unlikely to prevent entirely the kinds of furloughs, job reductions and pay cuts being discussed in large metro-area districts including Jefferson County and Adams 12 Five-Star.
Thursday’s Senate Ed meeting is scheduled to be a three-hour affair, starting at 2 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, the Capitol’s largest meeting room. Sen. Bob Bacon, D-Fort Collins and chair of Senate Ed, said, “This will be one of the first efforts to tell the media and the public of the precarious state of education in Colorado.”
Meanwhile, a long list of education bills is teed up for floor and committee action this week, including measures involving educator licensing, bullying, parent involvement in turnaround plans, charter facilities and more.
What’s on tap:
The Denver school board legislative oversight committee will meet at noon at 900 Grant St. Agenda not yet posted but should be here when ready.
Adams County Westminster 50 holds a community meeting about the 2011-12 budget at 6 p.m. at Westminster High School, 6933 Raleigh St.
The Poudre School district board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Johannsen Support Services Center, 2407 LaPorte Ave. in Fort Collins.
The Mesa State College trustees convene at 9 a.m. in the Gallegos Boardroom of the Academic Classroom Building on campus in Grand Junction. Agenda.
The St. Vrain school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Educational Services Center, 395 South Pratt Parkway, Longmont.
Jefferson County school board members meet in study session to talk about board budget direction to staff, plan for public hearings and discuss the content of community budget forums. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden. Agenda.
The State Council for Educator Effectiveness is scheduled to meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, 1580 Lincoln St.