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Lawmakers have cut higher education funding in Colorado by hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few years. Now, the state's 48th out of 50 in the amount of money that it gives to our colleges and universities. Governor John Hickenlooper's proposed budget slashes that funding even more. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz found out, there are those trying to propose solutions to the problem.
Colleges and universities may be in for big budget cuts from the state, but community colleges get a large chunk of their money from another source: property taxes. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, community colleges may be in an even worse financial situation than other schools.
As much as getting a Bachelor's degree is a requirement for many jobs these days, it seems a college education has begun to count for less in the job market. These days, it's the people with practical skills that are getting hired, and it's causing some university graduates to reconsider their educational choices. KDNK's Mathew Katz has more.
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.
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.
The principal of Ross Montessori School in Carbondale is resigning from his post. KDNK's Mathew Katz has more.
Children face new pressures in today's education system. A film out last year called Race to No Where is coming to the Roaring Fork High School's Auditeria in Carbondale. The idea is to spark conversation about how to best foster change in the Valley's education system. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Julie Oldam, who's bringing the film to Carbondale.
Colorado is expected to nearly double in population by the year 2050. But the number of people living in eastern Colorado has been dwindling for decades. While some communities have managed to grow ... many others have aging communities and little new growth.
This poses an ongoing challenge for local schools who are struggling to stay open with fewer students each year. KDNK's Bente Birkeland tells us one lawmaker's plan to try and turn things around.