Colorado Mountain College invites students to college prep day
THIS WEEK IN SUMMIT SCHOOLS
Monday March 2
All schools, students return from weeklong winter break
Tuesday, March 3
Central Office, DAAC Meeting, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 5
Silverthorne Elementary, PTA/El Grupo, 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Summit Middle School, PTO Meeting, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is hosting a free conference to help middle and high school students in the region and their families prepare for college and future careers.
The Next Generation College Day on Saturday, March 7, will be held at the college’s Leadville campus and is open to students in grades six through 12 from Summit, Lake, Eagle and Chaffee counties. Participating students will receive a free T-shirt, and lunch is provided.
During the day, counselors and representatives from a variety of Colorado colleges and local organizations, including CMC alumnus William Mundo who now attends the University of Colorado at Denver School of Medicine, will provide information about high school and college success, college preparation, financial aid and scholarships.
The event will showcase not only CMC but also other Colorado colleges and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center at CMC in Leadville, 901 S. Highway 24. Spanish translation will be provided.
Students can register for the conference through their school counselors or contact Jan Krueger at Colorado Mountain College at 719-486-4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Districts move to opt out of mandatory state tests
At least 20 Colorado school districts have sent formal waivers to the state board of education requesting to opt out of part of this spring’s mandatory assessments.
At its Jan. 8 meeting, the board voted 4-3 to direct the commissioner of education to grant waivers to local school boards and districts to the performance-based component of the CMAS assessment, if requested by the district.
Then the board met with representatives from the state Attorney General’s Office at a Feb. 18 meeting to discuss whether the board has the authority to grant waivers from the state-mandated English language arts and math assessment.
The board voted to allow districts to continue to submit waivers, and it tabled decision on the waivers until its next meeting.
In addition, the board voted to not penalize school districts with lower accreditation ratings if their mandatory testing participation rates drop below 95 percent because of parents not allowing their students to take the upcoming PARCC assessments.
Report shows Colorado child poverty rate at 13 percent
A report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the federal government’s official poverty measure, which was created in the 1960s, uses outdated information on how U.S. children and families are faring.
Research shows that families need an income of roughly twice the official poverty threshold, currently about $24,000 per year for a family of four, to cover the cost of basic expenses for housing, food, transportation, health care and child care.
The report points to a better index for measuring poverty, the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). The SPM takes into account a more accurate inventory of basic family expenses, the differences in regional cost of living and the effect of supports including federal and state programs and family-friendly tax policies.
The more precise Supplemental Poverty Measure shows that 13 percent of Colorado children now live in poverty, and that figure would double to 25 percent without the assistance of state and federal programs such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), housing subsidies and tax policies such as the EITC and Child Tax Credit.
The data shows those programs kept 147,000 Colorado children out of poverty between 2011 and 2013.
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