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Education Bill Signing with Governor Ritter

May 21, 2009

Today I joined Gov. Bill Ritter as he signed into law a comprehensive nine-bill package of education-reform measures. The bills represent teamwork among the department, state board of education, state legislature, governor and higher education.

A few of the bills signed into law include:

  • House Bill 1319, the concurrent enrollment bill which gives all Colorado students more access to quality programs and encourages students to participate.
  • Senate Bill 163, accountability alignment bill aligns the state's school accountability system.
  • Senate Bill 256, the school finance act, creates incentive funding for high performing schools and reinvests existing resources into school turnaround efforts.
  • Senate Bill 282, the DPS Retirement PERA Merger allows DPS to recruit teachers who may already be vested in PERA and gives existing DPS teachers the ability to transfer to neighboring districts without losing years of service.

The signing ceremony took place at Denver Public Schools' Career Education Center.

Prior to the signing, I toured the education center where

culinary arts students whipped up smoothies.

Principal Randy Johnson provides insight on CEC’s many programs, including auto body repair and welding.

CEC senior Tamir Mohamed has already received college credit from the courses he has taken at Community College of Denver.

Gov. Ritter signs into law Senate Bill 163, the

Education Accountability System Bill.

“Education reform is never easy or fast, but we are making great progress and are leading the nation with our reform agenda,” Gov. Ritter said. “Today we recommit to the notion that the best way to lead Colorado forward through this difficult economy is through wise, meaningful and student-centered education reforms."

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