Craig education briefs for Nov. 1, 2014: Public input sought by Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force
The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force will hold a series of roundtable discussions to gather public input on Colorado’s statewide assessment system, including an event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
The task force, established by the Colorado General Assembly through HB 14‐1202, is charged with studying the implications of the statewide assessment system for school districts, public schools, charter schools, educators and students and preparing a report of findings, including legislative recommendations, by Jan. 31, 2015. Comprised of 15 members representing parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and the business community, the task force meets monthly as a group and holds additional subgroup meetings as needed.
For more information, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdedepcom/taskforce.
CNCC event offers sampling of classes to community members
Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus invites all community members to its free Taste of Education event to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at 2801 W. Ninth St. Class offerings will feature subjects such as Photoshop techniques, analyzing automotive engine problems, understanding and building habits for success, strengthening memory, writing limericks, and right-brain thinking to build artistic talent.
The event will consist of three 45-minute sessions — 9:15 to 10 a.m., 10:15 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 to noon. Classes will be followed by a free lunch provided by CNCC and a drawing for student scholarships and prizes.
Preregistration is recommended to guarantee spots in preferred classes, however, same-day registration will be available as well starting at 8:30 a.m.
To register, call the CNCC front desk at 970-824-1101.
Sunset Elementary to host fall festival
Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St., will feature games, food and a Fun Run starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 for its second annual Fall Festival. After the run, participants are encouraged to go to Sunset Elementary for a fun-filled day of playing games, face painting, eating chili, bidding on some amazing silent auction items and enjoying your friends and family.
For more information, call 970-824-5762.
Science fiction film series continues at CNCC
The latest installment of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Science Fiction Classics Film Festival will take at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 with the screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The festival features a different science fiction flick on the second Friday of every month.
Hosted by David Johnson and Mary Karen Solomon, the film series is free and open to the public. Films are shown in Room 185 of the CNCC Academic Building.
The original “Star Wars” from 1977 will be shown Dec. 12.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.