There are ten innovation Northeast Denver schools: Swigert, Willow, Inspire, Isabella Bird, Ashley, Montclair School, Denver Discovery, Denver Green School-Northfield, McAuliffe International, and Northfield High School.
Colorado lawmakers will have billions of extra dollars to spend during the 2022 legislative session—and after that most of it will be gone.
Since 2020—a year that saw a once-in-lifetime pandemic and a contested presidential election—nearly all states have introduced or passed election legislation. Politicians and advocates on the left claim new laws are a way to further suppress already disenfranchised communities of color while politicians and advocates on the right claim increased scrutiny is needed to restore faith in an election system that became upended, inviting voter and election fraud.
The 2021 legislative session saw majority Democrats push through significant legislation on transportation funding, health care and firearms safety, plus consumer protection, criminal justice, early childhood care and education, elections, environmental protection, social equity and economic security.
The Colorado Legislature, usually in session from January until May, started late and may run until June 12, the last day it can be in session this year. The Front Porch will have a wrap-up of bills passed this year in the July issue.
Just three weeks after a mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers store left 10 people dead, Governor Jared Polis signed two bills into law designed to reduce gun violence: one mandates the safe storage of weapons, the other requires owners to report lost or stolen guns.
During the Democratic primary, Sen. Bennet ran on his American Family Act, which was subsequently endorsed by the Biden-Harris campaign and now has been included in the American Rescue Act.
Legislative leaders tried to tamp down expectations for the session, given the continuing pandemic. But the volume and variety of bills introduced after lawmakers returned indicate this will be a full and contentious session ranging over many issues.
The Capitol siege, followed by impeachment, and inauguration of a new president have provided social studies teachers and their students with plenty of history-in-the-making moments to observe, question, and assess.
While the election and presidential transition continued to dominate the news well into November, the Front Porch asked a group of NE Denver residents for their thoughts on bridging the great political divide in our country.