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March 6, 2020 - Volume 40 Issue 9

Proposal to Let 16-Year-Olds Vote in CO School Board Elections Advances

Legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local school board elections cleared the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. That same committee voted down similar legislation last year amid concerns from county clerks, who run these elections, and the Colorado Association of School Boards. Some have questioned if the idea is constitutional. | Chalkbeat, March

 

“When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.” — a slogan lifted from a phrase often misattributed to the 18th-century Genevan philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). Rousseau’s political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic and educational thought.
 

“I’ll bet you a holy rosary that this is going to be declared unconstitutional.” – Sen. Mike Woelfel, a lawyer, on House Bill 4780 to allow Bible-based electives. 

“We can’t promote religion; we can’t inhibit religion. So in offering these courses, it will be maybe a little more difficult than secular-based courses, but the county will have to work to find a way that they could offer these courses in a way that does not violate the Establishment Clause.” – Sarah Stewart, and Education Department attorney, on Senate Bill 42, which would allow faith-based drug prevention programs in public schools

“Guys, we’re heading down a slippery slope. We keep pushing religion into our government. We’re going to end up with government in our churches. We don’t want that. If we keep pushing religion into our government, government’s going to be in our churches. We’re blurring that line.” – Delegate Cody Thompson, speaking in opposition to Senate Bill 42 

“I think this could be construed as telling the school administration of that particular school that you almost have to let me do things when I want to do it if they’re expressions of religion.” – Sen. Mike Romano on House Bill 4069, called the Student Religious Liberties Act, that got sidelined in the Senate this week

“We say we need to reduce the size of the state board, but every time we come in here, it’s seems like we’re giving them something else to do.” – Delegate Jim Butler on Senate Bill 842 to create a pilot program for behavior interventionists in schools