Public schools nationwide are operating with less money. In Colorado, K-12 education took a $273 million dollar hit this budget year – and early forecasts indicate more cuts are likely next year. Many educators think that in the future, nonprofits and public-private partnerships will play a greater role in student achievement.
Denver was the last stop on President Barack Obama’s western tour to raise money for his re-election campaign and promote his new jobs plan. The President spoke to several thousand people at a largely Hispanic high school in southwest Denver on Tuesday. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.
President Obama got a mostly warm reception in southwest Denver on Tuesday where he spoke to a crowd of students and many supporters at Abraham Lincoln High School. Many analysts and even residents of the predominately Latino neighborhoods around the school saw the choice as strategic.
Colorado lawmakers are directing auditors to map out how they would assess the state’s online K-12 schools. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is expressing concerns over student failure rates at the schools.
President Obama will visit a southwest Denver high school later today to promote his jobs bill which includes millions of dollars for fixing up and modernizing schools across the country. The visit caps off a three-day swing through western states that the President carried in 2008.