Daily Churn: CU’s economic impact

Daily Churn logoWhat’s churning:

The University of Colorado created an economic impact of $5.3 billion in 2011, according to a new study done by the Leeds School of Business on the Boulder campus.

That activity was generated by $2.6 billion in direct spending. Here are some other findings:

  • Student spending was estimated at $501 million, 63 percent generated by Boulder students.
  • The university received more than $793 million in research funding from federal, state and private sources.
  • CU spent $246 million on construction projects last year, created an economic benefit for $478 million.
  • The university system was the third largest employer in the state, with 27,483 faculty, staff and student workers. The total payroll was almost $1.2 billion.

Read the full study here.

The Colorado Community College System recently released its own economic impact study, which estimated those institutions have an overall economic impact of $3 billion a year (more details here). The Colorado State University System last did an economic impact story in 2009 – read it here.

In the current era of state budget cuts state colleges and universities regularly try to tout their economic importance in legislative testimony and marketing materials.

Christina Gonzales has been named associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at CU-Boulder. Gonzales is currently associate dean of students at the University of California, Berkeley.

What’s on tap:

Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign House Bill 12-1238, the Colorado READ Act, during a 12:15 p.m. ceremony in the west foyer of the Capitol.

The governor’s Education Leadership Council meets 1-4 p.m. in the new Metro State Student Success Building, 890 Auraria Parkway. Among other agenda items, the panel will start discussing its 2013 legislative agenda.

The Aurora Public Schools District Accountability Advisory Committee holds a public hearing on the 2012-13 budget at 6:30 p.m. in the Professional Learning and Conference Center, 15771 E. 1st Ave., Aurora. Visit the district’s budget reduction website.

The Denver Public Schools board holds a meeting at 2 p.m. and a public comment session at 3:30 p.m. at the district offices, 900 Grant St. Times are earlier because of graduation ceremonies that evening. The agenda includes votes on Manual and Montclair innovation renewals plus votes on several charter school contracts.

A good read from elsewhere:

More diverse advocacy voices: Our partners at EdWeek have a detailed and interesting look at how relatively new advocacy groups such as Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform are changing the education policy discussion. Both are active in Colorado, including on such state-level issues as education effectiveness and early childhood literacy.

The EdNews’ Churn is a roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education, published during the summer as news warrants. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at

What's Your Education Story?

As the 2018 school year begins, join us for storytelling from Indianapolis educators

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Sarah TeKolste, right, and Lori Jenkins at a Teacher Story Slam, in April.

In partnership with Teachers Lounge Indy, Chalkbeat is hosting another teacher story slam this fall featuring educators from across the city.

Over the past couple of years, Chalkbeat has brought readers personal stories from teachers and students through the events. Some of our favorites touched on how a teacher won the trust of her most skeptical student, why another teacher decided to come out to his students, and one educator’s call to ramp up the number of students pursuing a college education.

The event, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, is free and open to the public — please RSVP here.

Event details:

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
Get tickets here and find more on Facebook

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School safety

Hiring more security officers in Memphis after school shootings could have unintended consequences

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Tennessee’s largest district, Shelby County Schools, is slated to add more school resource officers under the proposed budget for next school year.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson earmarked $2 million to hire 30 school resource officers in addition to the 98 already in some of its 150-plus schools. The school board is scheduled to vote on the budget Tuesday.

But an increase in law enforcement officers could have unintended consequences.

A new state law that bans local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials could put school resource officers in an awkward position.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently reminded school personnel they are not obligated to release student information regarding immigration status. School resource officers employed by police or sheriff’s departments, however, do not answer to school districts. Shelby County Schools is still reviewing the law, but school board members have previously gone on the record emphasizing their commitment to protecting undocumented students.

“Right now we are just trying to get a better understanding of the law and the impact that it may have,” said Natalia Powers, a district spokeswoman.

Also, incidents of excessive force and racial bias toward black students have cropped up in recent years. Two white Memphis officers were fired in 2013 after hitting a black student and wrestling her to the ground because she was “yelling and cussing” on school grounds. And mothers of four elementary school students recently filed a lawsuit against a Murfreesboro officer who arrested them at school in 2016 for failing to break up a fight that occurred off-campus.

Just how common those incidents are in Memphis is unclear. In response to Chalkbeat’s query for the number and type of complaints in the last two school years, Shelby County Schools said it “does not have any documents responsive to this request.”

Currently, 38 school resource officers are sheriff’s deputies, and the rest are security officers hired by Shelby County Schools. The officers respond and work to prevent criminal activity in all high schools and middle schools, Hopson said. The 30 additional officers would augment staffing at some schools and for the first time, branch out to some elementary schools. Hopson said those decisions will be based on crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods and school incidents.

Hopson’s initial recommendation for more school resource officers was in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sparked a wave of student activism on school safety, including in Memphis.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent $30 million budget boost would allow school districts across Tennessee to hire more law enforcement officers or improve building security. Measures to arm some teachers with guns or outlaw certain types of guns have fallen flat.

For more on the role and history of school resource officers in Tennessee, read our five things to know.

Sheriff’s deputies and district security officers meet weekly, said Capt. Dallas Lavergne of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. When the Memphis Police Department pulled their officers out of school buildings following the merger of city and county school systems, the county Sheriff’s Office replaced them with deputies.

All deputy recruits go through school resource officer training, and those who are assigned to schools get additional annual training. In a 2013 review of police academies across the nation, Tennessee was cited as the only state that had specific training for officers deployed to schools.