Senator Romer lays groundwork for legislative battle over new state college | A LOOK BACK | News

Fifty years ago this week: State Senator-elect Roy Romer, D-Denver, spoke at the Denver Democratic Forum to drum up support for the creation of a new four-year Denver State College.

Romer had chaired a legislative task force that had been formed in response to an identified need of students in Denver, Jefferson, Adams, and Arapahoe counties who were not being adequately served by CU Boulder’s non-degree extension center in Denver. .

The most feasible solution, Romer and the task force concluded, was to create a four-year Denver State College as well as a graduate center staffed by staff from CU Boulder, the Colorado School of Mines and the Colorado State University.

But CU Boulder’s regents and faculty senate remained adamant in their opposition to the formation of another state college.

In what was quickly becoming one of the biggest battles to face the legislature, Romer said he disagreed with “UC policymakers on the grounds that a separate institution could better meet the needs unique to urban students,” and more affordable.

In 1960, the state legislature commissioned CU Boulder to make recommendations to meet the unmet educational needs of Denver students. The Legislative Task Force found that 25% fewer students in Metro Denver went to college compared to similar communities with a state university.

“Also, Denver-area students currently enrolled at CU’s Extension Center and Opportunity School are different than students at a residence campus like Boulder,” Romer said. “Nearly 90% have at least part-time employment, 75% work 40 hours a week, three times as many attend evening classes, are older and have many special equational needs.”

According to Romer, the task force found that there were four educational needs for students in the Denver metro area: graduate programs, undergraduate programs, high-level specialized technology training, and vocational training.

In other news, Denver Police Wives Association President Shirlee Harhues spoke with The Colorado Democrat saying she was outraged by the Denver Police Department’s continued dangerous practice of having only one officer per patrol vehicle.

While the issue was being argued, Harhues said, another police officer was killed while patrolling alone. For years, the Denver Police Wives Association had lobbied hard to force the City of Denver and the Denver Police Department to implement a two-man-per-squad-car policy.

Harhues said the Republican-dominated ‘citizens committee’ that was formed to address the issue informed her that the two-car policy would be implemented, but that it ‘would depend on who gets the credit’ .

Twenty-five years ago: Less than two years after narrowly losing the House District 27 seat to Rep. Barry Arrington, R-Arvada, by less than 10 votes per constituency, Sue Windels has again announced she will be making a new bid for her former Republican-dominated north. Jefferson County seat.

Windels said the near miss lingers on her mind and that she has worked hard since the November 1996 election to keep her name in front of voters. Shortly after his loss, Windels had formed the bulletin The voice of voterswhich aimed to keep voters informed of political events affecting the community.

In his announcement, Windels argued that Arrington’s strict pro-life views had angered voters who believed he was using his position to advance his own religious views instead of representing his constituents.

“My goal is to represent everyone in House District 27,” Windels said. “If elected, I will be a team player and listen to all points of view rather than using the seat to advance my own agenda.”

Windels touted her long experience working in education as legislative president of the Jefferson County Parent Teacher Association and director of public policy for the Colorado PTA.

Rachael Wright is the author of the Captain Savva Mystery series, graduated in political science and history from the University of Colorado Mesa and contributes to Colorado Politics and The Gazette.

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