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The barber shop is already crowded by 9 a.m. on a Saturday. An 8-year-old boy and his dad take turns sitting in the red swivel chair in the front as soul music emanates from speakers. Another customer relaxes as he waits in a chair by the door, easing his head against the wall, shutting his eyes and tapping his feet to a drum solo. In the back,...
Feb 22, 2017
A poll of owners of small and medium sized businesses found strong support for expanding access to workplace retirement savings plans and policy initiatives that would boost savings. The pollsters surveyed both busin...
Feb 21, 2017
Colorado’s African American students are increasingly benefiting from concurrent enrollment as a way to earn college-level credit while still enrolled in high school. All of these students will get a jump start on college. Some may even earn a certificate or associate’s degree prior to graduation without having to pay for the courses. And as the Co...
Feb 16, 2017
Last night, the U. S. House of Representatives passed two resolutions that will make it harder for states to help workers save for retirement.  These resolutions repeal a Department of Labor rule that...
Feb 15, 2017
I recently attended the National Skills Coalition Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. Even I was surprised by my key takeaway. Yes, there’s a great deal of uncertainty about President Trump’s agenda for postsecondary education, skills training, and workforce development. But, I left D.C. at least somewhat reassured that the skills agenda can move for...
Feb 14, 2017
Call your U.S. Senators this week. The Bell Policy Center is joining with AARP Colorado to ask for your help in protecting state flexibility on retirement savings programs. Tell members of Congress not to take up Joint Resolutions 66 and 67. Please oppose these resolutions if they are brought for a vote! That could happen as soon as this week....
Feb 10, 2017
We all need to think more deeply about who’s missing from our key conversations. That was advice that Regan Byrd, the Bell Policy Center’s development and operations coordinator, gave Friday during her keynote address at the 22nd Annual Women’s Conference at the University of Denver (DU). Byrd has a deep commitment to social justice, intentio...
Feb 8, 2017
As executive orders and tweets rain down from Washington, DC, many of us engaged in state-based research and advocacy are being asked how all of this will affect our work. The dizzying action in Washington, D.C. has only raised the stakes for what we do here. The bottom line: we still have a state to build and we need your voice to build it!...
Feb 7, 2017
Colorado's Senate Finance Committee voted in favor of a bill on Feb. 7 that would repeal Colorado's health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. The measure is expected to do well in the full Senate, which Republicans control. But the bill faces opposition in the Democratically-controlled House. Natalie O'Donnell Wood, the Bell's senior analyst wh...
Feb 7, 2017
Students at Colorado’s four-year for-profit colleges have significantly worse outcomes than their peers at public and private nonprofit institutions on several key measures including the likelihood of completing a degree, the amount of loan debt owed and the prevalence of defaulting on their federal loans. For-profit schools include chains like DeV...

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