Education briefs for June 7, 2014: Bill increases funding options for Colorado school program
On Tuesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, to extend funding for Colorado’s Safe Routes to School Program.
HB14-1301 allows schools, nonprofits and local governments to apply for grants for non-infrastructure-related projects such as crossing guard training or instructional materials for teachers and parents. Schools in rural and lower-income areas will be given priority in the application process.
The program previously was funded by federal grants.
“This program increases public safety in rural, urban and suburban communities across Colorado,” Rep. Mitsch Bush said in a press release. “Parents, students, teachers and communities have and will continue to benefit from increased safety.”
Wake the Whittler scheduled for June 14
Friends of Moffat County Education will host the Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run before the 15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous on June 14 at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. with the 5K at 8 a.m., followed by the Fun Run. Participants can sign up the day of the run or in advance by picking registration forms from Eastside Liquor or from any FMCE board members.
The cost is $20 for adults and free to everyone younger than 18, with prizes given to the top runners in various age brackets for the 5K. Registration also includes a T-shirt, and proceeds go toward FMCE’s projects with local schools.
For more information, call 303-881-9320 or email email@example.com.
Moffat County School District seeking feedback
Moffat County School District currently has an online survey available for commentary on its 2015-16 school year calendar.
Parents of children in the district are asked to discuss their thoughts on the best way to plan out parts of the year on the survey, which can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mcsdcal.
The questionnaire will be online through June 20.
Summer reading program underway
The Moffat County Libraries’ summer reading program will run through Aug. 9. There are numerous prizes and drawings involved for participants in the free event.
Youth Club for ages 8 and up will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, with story times at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays in Craig. Weekly programs known as Boredom Busters also will be available.
The program is available at the Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur branches, though not all features will be at each location.
For more information, call Craig at 970-824-5116, Maybell at 970-272-9919 or Dinosaur at 970-374-2700.
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.