DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper signed an executive order this week to redesign the state’s Education Leadership Council (ELC). The ELC was first established in 2011 to provide a forum to discuss statewide education issues.
“We’re pulling together many of the best minds in education, government and workforce to create a broad strategic vision that includes all levels of education - from preschool through college and beyond - in the state of Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.
The ELC will develop a vision, strategic plan and recommendations for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly. It will utilize existing work from the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of Higher Education; will benchmark Colorado’s performance against other states and countries; will create a structure to gather feedback from a broad array of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, special needs populations, community leaders and education interest groups; and develop potential legislative and budgetary recommendations for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly.
The ELC will be housed under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
“Children are our greatest resource. We owe it to them to ensure they have every chance to succeed and that means closing our education attainment gaps which will improve graduation rates and ensure we have a highly trained workforce,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne.
DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards. These awards are presented in appreciation to individuals, community and civic leaders, various organizations, and AmeriCorps members for outstanding contributions to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado.
Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. The awards will be presented during a special awards ceremony at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
Nominations must be submitted through an online form, which can be found at this link or through the Serve Colorado website. For more information on the Governor’s Service Awards or Serve Colorado, please contact Nellie Stagg at 303-866-2119 or Nellie.Stagg@state.co.us.
Awards will be presented in the following categories:
DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s health care bill:
"The Senate’s health care bill, like the House bill, will take Colorado backward. It makes even deeper cuts to health care for the most vulnerable and shifts the costs onto hard working middle class Coloradans. It's no surprise that a bill drafted in secret, without public hearings and scrutiny, and planned for a rushed vote within days, will hurt Coloradans. We urge Senators Gardner and Bennet to vote no on this flawed bill."