Bente Birkeland

State Capitol Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.

 

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10:06pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Election Results

Prop 103 Gets Failing Grade

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Colorado voters overwhelmingly struck down proposition 103 on Tuesday night. The statewide ballot measure would’ve temporarily increased sales and income taxes for public education.

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1:13pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Politics

Cuts to K-12, Higher Education, Part of Governor’s Proposed 2012 Budget

Governor John Hickenlooper released his 2012 budget today. It includes further cuts to higher education and K-12 schools, although not as deep as in the current budget. It also spares state workers from additional furloughs and does not call for any prison closures.

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6:44pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Politics

Redistricting Hearing Comes to a Close

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Closing arguments in Colorado’s congressional redistricting trial are scheduled for today. It’ll then be up to a judge to determine new congressional lines that will shape the state’s political landscape for the next decade. Every ten years the state must draw new districts to account for population shifts. But this year the state legislature couldn’t agree on a map, tossing it to the courts. KUNC’s State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland spoke to political reporters who’ve been covering the trial and analyzes what’s at stake.

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10:16am

Tue October 18, 2011
Education

State Beginning to Implement New Teacher and Principal Evaluations

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Colorado is starting to roll out its new model to evaluate teachers and principals and change how teachers get and keep tenure. 15 school districts from across the state are part of a pilot project that will test the measurements. The issue has deeply divided state lawmakers and some Democrats worry it’ll end up being unfair to teachers and fail to improve student learning. KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

12:44pm

Mon October 3, 2011
Politics

Proposal for New State House Maps Submitted

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The state Supreme Court will have the ultimate say on whether new statehouse legislative maps are fair, balanced and follow the Colorado constitution. A bi-partisan committee spent several months redrawing the maps. If adopted, the new districts would be in place for the November 2012 election. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

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