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Week Of Special Interest 05/02/18
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By La Voz Staff

Lawmakers postpone action on House Bill 18-1232 indefinitely

The New School Funding Distribution Formula crafted by superintendents from across the state was postponed last week. The measure would have changed Colorado education funding for the first time in nearly a quarter-century. Among many provisions, the bill included more support for full-day kindergarten, gifted and talented students, English language learners, students with special needs and students in poverty. “We’re very disappointed,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. . We urge the legislature to listen to the voices of students, parents and teachers.” In Colorado, students are funded on average at $2,500 less per student than the national average. Despite being one of the wealthier states in the nation, Colorado is among the lowest when it comes to K-12 public school funding.

Grand Junction Housing Authority receives $80K

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing the Grand Junction Housing Authority $80,500 in Brownfields grant funding to clean up and redevelop housing units on the 1200 block of Bookcliff Ave. in Grand Junction. The Grand Junction Housing Authority will use the EPA funds to clean up asbestos at old housing units on site and develop new, affordable housing for at risk populations in the community, including victims of domestic violence, along with space for additional community services such as mental health counseling, employment training and other services on site. The Grand Junction Housing Authority is among 144 grant recipients across the nation receiving EPA Brownfields Environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants. The 221 grants totaling $54.3 million will provide communities with funding to assess clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment.

RTD is seeking applicants for People with Disabilities Committee

RTD is seeking applicants to serve on two separate committees that facilitate improvements to the agency’s commitment to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the disabled community. The RTD Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities ensures and guides the agency’s commitment to accessible services and programs, people with disabilities and the larger community. The Access-a-Ride Paratransit Advisory Committee reviews this form of transit, which provides people with disabilities with a complementary, accessible option to fixed-route bus service. Deadlines are ongoing for open seats on each of the 13-member committees. Applicants are encouraged to visit the ADA Advisory Committee page on RTD’s website for more information, including meeting locations, committee purpose and applications. All people who rely on or are involved with accessible transportation are encouraged to apply. Visit for more information.

Our Government

White House

During the month of May, the White House observes National Mental Health Awareness Month and reaffirm their commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of the Nation. America has made tremendous strides in providing treatment and recovery support services for individuals who experience mental illnesses. Yet sadly, stigma and misconceptions about mental illness persist. The negative stereotypes surrounding mental illness deter people who may experience these disorders from getting help that can improve their lives and their ability to achieve their full potential.

Colorado Governor

Governor Hickenlooper announced Kiowa, Bennett, and Limon as the host communities for this year’s Pedal The Plains Bike Ride. The 188 mile, three-day tour will take place Sept. 14 - 16. The 2018 Tour includes a new gravel century ride. Registration is now open online at Pedal The Plains celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains. This ride is a perfect opportunity for cyclists to learn about farming, ranching, and other local industries while experiencing the unique culture, history, and landscape of Eastern Plains communities.

Denver Mayor

After more than six years of leading the Denver Police Department, Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced that Chief of Police Robert C. White will be retiring, and will officially depart from his role upon the appointment of the next police chief. “On behalf of everyone in Denver, I want to thank Chief White for his dedication to our city and his distinguished service over these past six years,” Mayor Hancock said.





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