A bill that would let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay in state college tuition cleared the Democratic controlled senate education committee on a party line vote late last week. The committee room was packed, and an opponent of the controversial bill even asked that all non-citizens be removed from the hearing room. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports.
Preparing for college can be an exciting and terrifying time for students in their senior year of high school. The expectations can be high and the reasons for going are many. Wesley Neemer is a senior at Basalt High School and a member of the Andy Zanda Youth Empowerment program's youth broadcasting class. He spoke to some of his peers about their expectations for college.
Over the past decade, state funding for higher education has continually dwindled. Many colleges and universities around the state rely on those dollars to provide affordable, quality education to Colorado's students. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, cuts proposed in yesterday's state budget could be worse than expected.
Governor John Hickenlooper released his budget on Tuesday and is proposing the highest cuts to K through 12 schools the state has ever seen. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports that districts would see a roughly 500 dollar reduction in funding per student. The proposal would also eliminate several hundred state employee positions and close a prison.
Carbondale Town Trustees met for a working session last night where they moved through a light agenda.Trustees approved $500 for Dandelion Days and also gave Access Roaring Fork $35,000 for their after schools programs. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.
Garfield County commissioners heard an update on the Health Impact Assessment for Battlement Mesa this week at their regular meeting. The study conducted by the Colorado School of Public Health gauges impacts to heath and community life by drilling operations. It became controversial in its first draft when gas drillers and industry groups asked to review and comment on it. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason reports.
The Sutey-Two Shoes Land Swap is back. The players are the same, but it's the approach that's changed. KDNK's Conrad Wilson has the story.
Carbondale trustees seem to be getting close to a vote on the Village at Crystal River Development. But after last week's meeting it's hard to say when that vote will come. KDNK's Conrad Wilson has more.
Several high profile bills have died with barely a whimper at the legislature. Sponsors are pulling controversial measures before they even get a hearing. KDNK's Bente Birkeland takes a look at what's behind this as part of our capitol conversation series.
Starting this week, KDNK News is starting a series looking at higher education in Colorado. But first, we're going to look at the road to college. Local students are feeling more and more pressure to perform in the K to 12 system, and many are expected to be thinking about college earlier than ever before. Last week, a group of students, educators, and parents came together to discuss the issue. KDNK's Mathew Katz was there.