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NSBA Action Alert: Urge Your Senators to Oppose Expanding Funding for Vouchers in the Budget Reconciliation/ COVID Recovery Bill

NSBA Action Alert:  Urge Your Senators to Oppose Expanding Funding for Vouchers in the Budget Reconciliation/ COVID Recovery Bill

The Senate is scheduled to begin votes today on the pending FY2021 Budget Reconciliation and COVID-19 Recovery legislation (H.R. 1319). We need your help to oppose a Senate provision that would provide $2.75 billion of taxpayer money in assistance to private schools.

You can contact your Senators through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121. Additional contact information is available here. Talking points are below.

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News Release: Department releases Healthy Minds and Hunger Free Campus Checklists in effort to erase hunger and address mental health needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Megan McDermott, Director of Communications
Cell: 720-394-3205, [email protected]
 
Department releases Healthy Minds and Hunger Free Campus Checklists in an effort to erase hunger and address mental health needs
DENVER – Feb. 24, 2021: The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), along with Gov. Jared Polis and partners from Young Invincibles, Hunger Free Colorado, the Colorado Department of Human Services and Metropolitan State University of Denver today released the Department’s Hunger Free and Healthy Minds Campus Checklists to encourage the state’s postsecondary intuitions of higher education to apply for Hunger Free and Healthy Minds campus designations. 
 
The checklists aim to improve the health and academic success of students by ensuring that schools have the resources they need to help end hunger and promote mental health services and resources.
 
“At a time when too many of Colorado’s students worry about how they can afford to eat or pay rent, and struggle with mental health, these checklists are a welcome resource for campuses and a solid step toward erasing hunger and stigmas around mental health,” said Gov. Polis.
 
The state’s master plan for higher education, Colorado Rises, calls for 66 percent of adults to earn a certificate or degree by 2025. To get there, Colorado must address the barriers to student success some of which are highlighted above.
 
“Our goal as a state is to have at least seven of our postsecondary institutions of higher education earn a hunger free and healthy minds designation by the end of the year,” said Dr. Angie Paccione, CDHE executive director. “Various social determinants can significantly impact a student’s ability to progress through a postsecondary education program. Addressing these can help propel student success by meeting students where they are and by better addressing their needs.”
 
Colorado colleges and universities can use the checklists to implement four core programs and six focused initiatives to receive a "hunger free" or "healthy minds" designation. The institutions can also highlight innovative and impactful programs schools already have and may use them as one of the two required programs in each category.
 
For more information, visit https://highered.colorado.gov/social-determinants-of-student-success.
 
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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CEA Media Release: Educator Shortage Crisis


So Every Student Thrives

CONTACT
Frank Valdez
Colorado Education Association
[email protected]
720-372-8888 Cell




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Ed Review_5Feb2021

February 5, 2021

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New Polling shows Coloradans want to postpone 2021 CMAS standardized testing for grades 3-8

CONTACT
Frank Valdez
Colorado Education Association
[email protected]
720-372-8888 Cell



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Zoom press conference on Coloradans’ Disinterest in 2021 State Standardized Testing CEA, CASE CASB, and the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance to release polling, discuss experts’ CMAS recommendations

CONTACT
Frank Valdez
Colorado Education Association
[email protected]rg
720-372-8888 Cell



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Governor Polis Announces Millions More in Education Grants for Colorado

For Immediate Release

Monday, January 25, 2021

Conor Cahill |[email protected] 

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Resources for School Communities in Times of Crisis

The following resources were provided by Education Elements.

Resources for School Communities in Times of Crisis

We are saddened and concerned by the recent events at the Capitol. And, we know that many educators have to carry the additional responsibility of having to address these events immediately with your students, with your colleagues, and are looking for ways to process these events yourselves. 

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Statements from National School Boards Association and Connecticut Association of Boards of Education on Dr. Miguel Cardona's Nomination as Secretary of Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 22, 2020) - In response to the nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) issued the following statements:


Anna Maria Chávez, Executive Director and CEO of the National School Boards Association (NSBA):

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Governor Polis Declares January School Board Recognition Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2021

Governor Polis Proclaims January 2021 as School Board Recognition Month

DENVER — Governor Jared Polis issued an official proclamation recognizing January as School Board Recognition Month. The proclamation reads in part, "school board members are extraordinary people who invest many hours of volunteer work to tackle the enormous job of governing our school districts and whose actions and decisions help impact the present and future lives of young Coloradans."

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10 questions about the new stimulus deal for schools, answered

Chalkbeat

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Across U.S., states see public school enrollment dip as virus disrupts education

Chalkbeat

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What to Know About Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary

Ed Surge

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U.S. public school enrollment dips as virus disrupts education

The Denver Post

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Colorado legislature will delay its full 2021 return until at least February because of coronavirus

The Colorado Sun

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW 2021 | As lawmakers return to Denver, recovery is king

Colorado Politics

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Here’s What Needs To Be Done To Rebuild K-12 Education In This Country

Forbes

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW 2021 | Where's the money? The JBC looks for it

Colorado Politics

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A dose of support, but is it enough?

The Denver Post

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