Colorado Concern 

April 7, 2014

The Week in Review

This afternoon the House Education Committee will hear testimony on HB14-1268, "Nonprobationary Teachers No Indefinite Unpaid Leave" (Salazar/Todd), a measure aimed at the heart of SB10-191, the Great Teachers and Leaders legislation passed four years ago, which is the foundation of K-12 education reform in our state.  

This measure seeks to remove the practice of "mutual consent," a process that requires both a principal and a teacher to agree to the educator's placement in a school.  For those of you who saw the movie, Waiting for Superman, mutual consent puts an end to the "Dance of the Lemons" - a practice of moving an educator from one school to another without buy-in from the school's leadership or an assessment of effectiveness, or fit.  Who wins in that situation?   Not the children in the classroom.


No one will dispute that teachers are the most important in-school factor for a student's success.   However, this legislation negatively impacts our children by removing a school leader's ability to ensure every student has access to a quality teacher.  Further, it creates a situation where dollars that should be in the classroom would be set aside to pay teachers who do not receive a placement, and who are not teaching.  In a time of limited resources for our schools that seems not just wrong, but foolish.         


It's also worthwhile to note this legislation isn't just bad policy; it's also unpopular.  A recent statewide survey showed that 94 percent of Colorado voters agree that principals should be able to hire the teachers who best meet the needs of their schools' students, and under no circumstances should they be forced to hire a teacher they do not think is a good fit.


As a vigorous proponent of education reform we strongly oppose any attempt to roll back provisions of SB10-191, and our opposition will be noted.   


As you may recall this bill is not the only attempt to unravel the progress made in strengthening our schools by ensuring every student has an effective teacher.  A previous attempt is a class-action lawsuit - filed by the national, state and local teachers' unions against Denver Public Schools and the State Board of Education - earlier this year.  With regard to the litigation, last week DPS, with the support of the State of Colorado through the Attorney General, filed a Motion to Dismiss stating the case was without merit.  It will be several months before we learn the outcome of their request of the Denver District Court. 


We will keep you posted on the outcome of both HB14-1268, and the pending litigation.  Should you have questions about this measure, or any other piece of legislation, please do not hesitate to contact me at






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May 22: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Breakfast Hosted by John Ikard and Featuring Ken Lund
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Members in the News


Kelly Brough  

Where does Denver rank among fastest-growing cities?

Denver Business Journal: March 31

Features Kelly Brough

Colorado Concern News Clips




More money for the budget, more fights at legislature

The Colorado Statesman: April 1


The legislative habit of gambling on the future

Chalkbeat: April 2


Economy/Economic Development

Business leaders express confidence going into the second quarter

Denver Post: April 1


Denver Union Station area draws $1 billion in private development

Denver Business Journal: April 2


Colorado's 2013 job growth was better than previously thought

Denver Business Journal: April 3


Firms born in Innosphere incubator beat national average survival rate

Denver Post: April 4



Chalkbeat: The legislative habit of gambling on the future

Denver Business Journal: April 2


Opinion: A bipartisan approach to restoring Colorado public education funding

Denver Post: April 3


Lawmakers reach compromise on school-funding legislation

Denver Post: April 4


Soapbox: Time for Colorado to pay what is owed to K-12 education

The Coloradoan: April 5



Colorado GOP race for governor now becomes all about the numbers

Denver Post: March 31


Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether

New York Times: March 31


Bob Beauprez turns in voter signatures for governor's race bid

Denver Post: April 1


On the Stump: Scott Gessler, GOP candidate for governor

The Colorado Independent: April 1


Gardner challenges Udall on fracking

The Tribune: April 1


Video may end wintry drive to Capitol

The Durango Herald: April 1


Colorado filing deadline report: Republicans line up for the chance to topple Gov. Hickenlooper

Ballot News: April 2


Both chambers celebrate April Fools' Day then pass 'Right to Try' bill as well as local control  

The Colorado Independent: April 2


Denver makes the cut, remains RNC 2016 finalist

Denver Post: April 3


Colorado open meetings law, over and out?

Denver Post: April 3


Supreme Court ruling gives small number of wealthy donors new ways to drive campaigns

Washington Post: April 3


Fireworks between Duran, Gerou mar Appropriations Committee meeting

Denver Post: April 3


Barbara Kirkmeyer, Steve Laffey race to turn in signatures in bid to succeed Rep. Cory Gardner

Denver Post: April 3


Denver officials head to Europe for pot, airport city, growth talks

Denver Post: April 4


Underdogs in Colorado's GOP gubernatorial race try to take out the top dogs

Denver Post: April 4


As the clock winds down, Ferrandino making his mark on Colorado law

The Denver Post: April 6



$1.8B deal with Encana to bring new energy player to Denver

Denver Post: March 31


Broomfield braces for more legal action over fracking ban

Broomfield Enterprise: March 31


Opinion: Are Colorado oil and gas wells ready for the next flood?

Denver Post: March 31


Colorado fracking bans draw interest from several states' attorneys general

Denver Business Journal: April 1


Energy Pipeline: Fracking debate bubbles to the political surface

Greeley Tribune: April 2


Oil and gas impact study advances in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: April 2


Colorado legislative committee OKs oil and gas health impact study

Denver Post: April 2


Coal production in Colorado hits a 20-year low

Denver Post: April 3


Xcel proposes new solar power option for Colorado customers

Denver Business Journal: April 3


Soapbox: Time for Colorado to pay what is owed to K-12 education

The Coloradoan: April 6


General Business

CEO Willms leaving West Chamber Serving Jefferson County

Denver Business Journal: April 3


Where does Denver rank among the best cities to start a small business?

Denver Business Journal: April 3


Alpine Bank dangling $100,000 loan in small-business contest for LoDo

Denver Post: April 3


Best (and worst) metro areas for small business: Exclusive rankings

Denver Business Journal: April 3


Health Care

Anschutz Medical Campus forms partnership for community outreach

Denver Post: March 31


Colo. House passes bill to extend funding for cancer treatment, prevention April 1


Business leaders express confidence going into the second quarter

Denver Post: April 1


"Right to Try" aims to limit bureaucracy for Colorado's terminally ill

Denver Post: April 1


Final surge pushes health care enrollments in Colorado to 118,628

Denver Post: April 2


Small-business health exchange signups remain low

Denver Business Journal: April 2



Wannabe metro Denver homebuyers may be pushed by price to the 'burbs

Denver Post: April 4



Boulder, Denver among places where gender pay gap has widened most

Denver Business Journal: April 2


Colorado business groups bracing for sick-leave measure coming in Legislature

Denver Business Journal: Denver Business Journal: April 5



Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer

Denver Post: March 31


Marijuana returns to the ballot in Colorado municipal races

KXRM: April 1


Editorial: Wise new limits on medical pot plants in Colorado

Denver Post: April 1


SEC halts trading of Advanced Cannabis Solutions' stock

Denver Post: April 2



Colorado lawmakers still wrangling insurance for Lyft, UberX

Denver Post: April 3


Carroll: The myth of the obsolete personal car

Denver Post: April 3


Denver auditor Gallagher balks at I-70 expansion plan

Denver Post: April 4


Editorial: A lack of research about edible marijuana

Denver Post: April 4


Colorado weighs ban of traffic enforcement cameras

Denver Post: April 4



Meet the man tasked with solving Colorado's looming water crisis

CPR: April 4

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Legislative Tracking

Upcoming Events

Members in the News

News Clips

Ken Lund
Join Colorado Concern for a Membership Networking Breakfast May 22 hosted by John Ikard and  featuring Ken Lund, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
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Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Pat Hamill


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Ted Brown

Steve Farber

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

John Ikard

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Blair Richardson

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young