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The Thrasher Group

McKinley Architects & Engineers

Williamson Shriver Architects

January 26, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 3

The Denver Post (1/24) reports Denver Public Schools is asking “additional affluent schools to join a pilot program to give preference to poor students who want to ‘choice in’ to them,” but is leaving the decision up to schools. The district has “invited nine more schools where fewer than 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch to consider joining the program.”

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”-– Mohammed Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr 1942 -2016), American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. 

“If you don’t go to college between 18 and 19, you’re done. I bet you the percentages are infinitesimal of the kids that are going to go to college if they wait until 20 years old.” – Sen. Mike Romano before amending Senate Bill 284, the governor’s proposal to provide free tuition to community and technical colleges and establish stronger career-tech pathways in high schools

“We want kids to get into these programs as early as possible and get on the track of attaining an associate degree.” – James Bailey of the governor’s office on Senate Bill 284

“This program is the real deal. It gets those students who might not be interested in that four-year degree. But it puts them on track to have a great life and career.” – Berkeley County Supt. Manny Arvon on an Eastern Panhandle program that helped inspire provisions in Senate Bill 284

“All this bill will do is give our county boards a little more flexibility and allow more people to do this, especially when there’s no certified person stepping up.” – Senate Education Chairman Kenny Mann on Senate Bill 62, relaxing requirements for attendance directors

“I know that the drug epidemic that’s going on has really, really impacted our schools. We’re even seeing very, very young children, preschoolers, coming with very serious issues.” – Kanawha County school psychologist Karen Cummings

“This bill begins the transition to a process for school systems to select and adopt a wider variety of instructional resources directly from qualified vendors rather than from a list of state-selected materials.” – House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa on House Bill 3089, which the House of Delegates passed this week

“The textbooks could address the subject of evolution, deny it and it still would qualify under any standards that the state board would have. The state board doesn’t put out of bounds a denial of evolution, whereas I think most school boards at this point would.” – Delegate Larry Rowe on possible shortcomings with House Bill 3089

“Really, the question before us is: Do we trust our local school districts, our local educators in consultation with their boards? Do we trust them to put in place a process to adopt materials that continue to comply with all the requirements that are in place today?” – House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa