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They will be breaking a glass ceiling and electing the most educated Denver Mayor ever if Denver voters choose Lisa Calderon as their next mayor.

If Denver voters choose Lisa Calderon as their following mayor, they will certainly be breaking a glass ceiling. That much is noticeable.

Much less obvious is that they will certainly be electing the most enlightened Denver Mayor ever before.

Lisa Calderon, presently a professor at Regis College, holds a regulation level. A master’s degree. And a doctorate.

It’s an outstanding resumé. And after 8 years of Michael Hancock, that came to the job with only a series of political work in his history, it will bean amazing contrast to have Calderon in workplace.

It will also mean that Denver voters have actually chosen credentials and proficiency over cronyism. It could be a quantum leap for a city that has actually battled to stabilize boomtown growth with growing demands for economical real estate, area education and learning and also executing on fundamental city solutions.

Denver Public Schools failed school honcho search – the board who can’t shoot straight

Denver schools , $3 billion in the red, scandal-ridden, can not also get its act with each other to place Tom Boasberg’s carefully picked follower, Susana Cordova, with her direct monetary problems of passions with charter institutions, in the superintendent’s task.

This process will happen in 3 stages:

* Phase 1 will occur with Oct. 15 and also culminate with the recommended application due date.

* Stage 2 will take place in between Oct. 15 and Nov. 26, throughout which time, candidate meetings will certainly occur.

* Phase 3 follows with 2 milestone dates: on Nov. 26, finalist( s) will be introduced and on Dec. 10, the superintendent will certainly be picked.


Well, not specifically …

The Area has pushed back its ever-changing timeline for the third time.

Below’s what the area desired:

We seek an person that personifies the complying with qualifications:

* ● Firstly, an teacher.

* ● The Superintendent has to stay in Denver and their school-aged children must attend Denver Public institutions.

* ● We want a “Transformer” not a agitator. This is an individual with demonstrated success in transforming colleges in a similar district. Additionally, a school leader who will certainly terminate choice to ensure premium quality colleges are recognized in every area.

* ● The following DPS Superintendent need to have NO conflict of rate of interest with charter institution funders, Democrats For Education And Learning Reform (DFER), or any type of DFER associates.

* ● The Superintendent has to dedicate to full financial openness: indicating an outside, line by line audit of DPS financials.

* ● The new Superintendent needs to have a ” Corrective Justice” approach to self-control. This consists of: eliminating Student Source Administration, ending to no tolerance policies, resolving the college to jail pipe, and providing wraparound services, consisting of: proper Special Education and learning services, mental wellness services, and counselors.

Our new Superintendent needs to value all our instructors. We need a Superintendent that, as a leader:.

* ● Is committed to having actually qualified, accredited educators in the class.

* ● Has actually shown success in expanding the team in their institution district via the employment, employing and also retention of instructors as well as institution leaders of shade.

* ● Has a proven record in increasing social expertise in their professors as well as personnel, and in their own rearing.

* ● Has actually previously led with a commitment to collective practice and power sharing.

* ● Will finish high stakes screening, so that our educators can in fact educate.

* ● The Superintendent needs to prioritize communication as a leadership strategy to improve openness, area interaction, as well as control across all the stakeholders to whom they are answerable. The Superintendent ought to have an Open Door plan, and be an comprehensive leader who strolls the halls of the schools and also attaches with pupils, educators as well as moms and dads. In addition to the credentials wanted in our next Superintendent, OVOS brings the following demands relating to community input in the Superintendent search as well as selection procedure:.

* ● We anticipate openness and also disclosure of the HR search company and the option procedure.

* ● OVOS, in collaboration with a union of diverse community participants, will send our very own prospects for consideration.

* ● The procedure for Area input should be outlined from starting to finish, in its entirety.

* ● OVOS, in cooperation with other neighborhood groups, will establish a Area Rubric to submit to DPS and the search firm, for usage in assessing prospects.

* ● It is crucial to have community depiction on the option committee comprised of: pupils, parents, educators, union reps, neighborhood coordinators, a representative from each of the 5 areas, as well as a greater education representative.

* ● Prospects should take place a paying attention tour per of the 5 Denver districts and involve in real dialogue with the neighborhood.

Base line: Agitators wish to take the direction of the district before the citizens reject the board next loss.

Denver Public Schools will certainly remain to shed high quality candidates because the process has been exposed to be unethical.


Bill Ritter, the 41st governor of Colorado, will host a brief discussion

 Bill Ritter, the 41st governor of Colorado, will host a brief discussion on his new book, Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy RevolutionApril 6, 4-6 p.m. in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom on the Colorado State University campus. All are welcome to attend this free, public event.

Ritter, director of CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy, part of the CSU Energy Institute, will sign books following the discussion. The CSU Bookstore will sell books at the event. Ritter is splitting book royalties with the CSU Foundation.

As governor, Ritter helped establish Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy. In the book, Ritter discusses how sunlight and other sustainable resources are now the fastest-growing sources of energy in the U.S. and worldwide. At an increasing clip, communities are switching to 100 percent renewable energy, and climate change is one of the biggest issues in the 2016 election. The urgent need to prevent climate change is causing people around the planet to question their reliance on carbon-intensive coal and oil.

Ritter advising Nebraska on renewable energy

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will offer tips on how Nebraska could boost its use of renewable energy sources.

 The architect of Colorado’s “new energy economy” will offer some pointers this week on how Nebraska can lessen its reliance on coal-fired electricity while creating new jobs.

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will give a $20-per-person presentation Monday night in Omaha, discussing how Colorado has added more than 6,000 jobs while substantially increasing development of wind, solar and natural gas resources. He also will meet with elected officials Tuesday in Lincoln.

“I really try to make the business case for making the transition to clean energy,” Ritter said in a phone interview last week.

Ritter’s message, however, might hit a head wind of skepticism from Nebraska power generators.

Pat Pope, CEO of the Nebraska Public Power District, said some of the steps Colorado took would likely inflate consumer energy prices in Nebraska. Specifically, he said he would oppose a government mandate that sets minimum standards for the amount of renewable energy utilities must provide in their portfolios.

“It’s a clash with reality,” Pope said. “We just can’t run our economy on just renewables.”

Ritter, a Democrat, was Colorado’s governor from 2007 to 2011. He now directs the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

The center works directly with governors, legislators and other policymakers at the state level to promote the development of domestic energy in ways that provide environmental and economic benefits. Ritter said that with gridlock in Congress, states are in a position to move more quickly on new energy initiatives.

While in office Ritter signed 57 energy bills, which he said helped attract 1,500 companies to the state. He also adopted a climate action plan that mapped out how the state could reduce 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

Key legislation prompted the conversion of some coal-fired electrical plants to natural gas, while other laws contributed to a tenfold increase in the state’s wind power development.

A more controversial law allowed expanded drilling for oil and natural gas while imposing new regulations that required drillers to better protect air, land and water. The measures generated resistance from those industries.

Ritter said the single most important initiative was to increase the state’s renewable energy standard. In 2004 voters approved a requirement that utilities generate 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources. By the time Ritter left office, the percentage had been increased to 30 percent for investor-owned utilities.

The requirement often is cited as the reason wind, solar and other renewable energy companies locate or expand in the state, according to a report published by the center.

Nebraska does not have a renewable standard on the books, but the state’s three largest electrical utilities — NPPD, Omaha Public Power District and Lincoln Electric System — have all set voluntary goals to increase their renewable energy portfolios. Mandating such standards would be a mistake, said Pope, NPPD’s chief executive.

Part of the problem, he said, is that the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine, so the sources can’t provide a constant supply to meet load demand around the clock.

Natural gas, which releases fewer carbon emissions than coal, can provide a base load, but Pope said much of the state lacks the pipeline infrastructure necessary to supply existing generating plants.

The state also needs more miles of transmission lines so it can export the excess electricity generated by wind. Pipelines and transmission lines are expensive, must clear regulatory hurdles and can meet stiff resistance from landowners.

“I’m just sure (Ritter) will advocate that we have one of the best wind potential resources in the nation,” Pope said. “I don’t have a problem with it, but let me do it when it makes sense for my customers. Right now I don’t have a need for it.”

State Sen. Ken Haar of Lincoln, an advocate for the expansion of renewable energy in Nebraska, said he has no intention of introducing a bill setting a renewable mandate. Frankly, he said, it wouldn’t stand a chance at passage.

But Haar is considering other energy-related bills. He argued that Nebraska needs to move faster in developing renewables and the economic benefits they can provide. He said he plans to attend Ritter’s presentations.

“We know at some point there’s going to be a cost for carbon pollution,” he said. “We have to move forward. We seem to move slower than all states around us.”

Ritter’s presentation at the Nebraska Conservation Summit on Monday will take place at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6 p.m.

The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters and the Nebraska Conservation Education Fund are sponsors. Go to for more information or to purchase tickets.

Beauprez Pins State's Success To Local Control, Hands-Off Government

Beauprez Pins State's Success To Local Control, Hands-Off Government
The erstwhile congressman represented Colorado's seventh U.S. House district for two terms last decade before bidding for the governor's seat in 2006. He lost handily to Bill Ritter and faded from politics somewhat before launching a campaign this year.
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7NEWS filters through the junk in the political mailers bombarding voters

7NEWS filters through the junk in the political mailers bombarding voters
Bill Ritter and Gov. John Hickenlooper. There are funds Planned Parenthood receives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for breast and cervical cancer screenings. The Governor could reduce that money, but it would need …
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Unopposed sheriff candidate reflects on past term; six towns and one village

Unopposed sheriff candidate reflects on past term; six towns and one village
1, 2011, after defeating incumbent Bill Tompkins. He noted that during his first … In Friendship, Russell Hall, a Republican, and Stephen G. Ritter, running on an independent party line, are vying a town board seat left vacant by Susan Myers, who …
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