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Week Of Special Interest 01/22/20
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By La Voz Staff

Jeffco graduation rates rise, exceeding state and nation

Jeffco Public Schools on-time graduation rates continue to improve, according to the most recent data provided to the Colorado Department of Education. Over the last five years, Jeffco Public Schools graduation rate has increased by 2.4 percentage points. Jeffco’s rate remains higher than the average on-time graduation rate of both Colorado and the U.S.

Jeffco Public Schools graduation rate for 2018-19 is 85.3 percent; it was 82.9 percent in 2014 - 15. Jeffco‘s graduation rate is significantly higher than the 2018-19 state graduation rate of 81.1 percent, and surpasses the current national graduation rate of 84.6 percent. Some highlights for graduation rate increases in Jeffco: neighborhood high school rate increase of 0.9 percent, limited English proficiency increase of 1.1 percent, economically disadvantaged increase of 1 percent, Title I increase of 3.1 percent, and gifted and talented increase of 2 percent.

The five-year trend of dropout rates shows improvement in Jeffco, and, of significance for 2018-19, is a larger drop than seen in each of the prior years - a 0.3 percent decrease in dropouts. We attribute this to more targeted efforts in this area with programs such as MyPath at Sobesky Academy, Brady Bridge at Brady High School, Jefferson Virtual Academy TAG (Targeted Action to Graduation), Jeffco’s NEXT GED Plus, and those at McLain Community High School.

Colorado sees drop in cigarette smoking

Colorado had a 15.20 percent drop of cigarette smoking from 2009 to 2018, ranking it the 14th highest decline in the country. It also had a 7.69 percent increase of vaping.

With tobacco age limit increase, vaping flavor bans, and New Year’s resolutions, QuoteWizard analyzed CDC data on the prevalence of smokers from a period of 2009 to 2018 and e-cigarette users from 2016 to 2017 in each state to find which states saw the largest increase or decrease in tobacco and vaping usage rates.

Other key findings:

Nationwide 10 percent decrease in smoking and 8 percent increase in vaping.

2.2 percent decline in cancer deaths propelled by gains against lung cancer in 2017 Smoking reached an all-time low of 13.7 percent in 2018.

You can find our report here:

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding from October 31 to November 1, 2019. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Jared Polis, Senate President Leroy Garcia, and State Rep. Daneya Esgar announced the Partnership for Quality Jobs & Services Act. After months of productive and thoughtful conversations with Colorado WINS, the union of state employees, the Polis administration announced its support for legislation that would allow, for the first time, state employees to collectively bargain.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointments of Michelle Martinez-Thomas, Tanya Wheeler and James Zobel to the Denver County Court. The appointments will fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Johnny C. Barajas and Judge Brian T. Campbell, as well as the vacancy due to the creation of a new judicial seat on the Denver County Court. “We had a dynamic pool of candidates for these vacancies, which made this a difficult decision, and these phenomenal jurists were all capable, committed, passionate and progressive legal scholars and exceptional civic-minded leaders,” Mayor Hancock said.





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