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    1. Data privacy worries shield thousands of Colorado test scores from public scrutiny | Chalkbeat

      Data privacy worries shield thousands of Colorado test scores from public scrutiny | Chalkbeat

      The move to redact more data from the state’s publicly available standardized test results is a dramatic shift for a state known for rich and easily accessible educational statistics. Inspired in part by the State Board of Education’s zeal for student privacy, the change has sparked a new debate pitting data transparency advocates against student privacy supporters.

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    2. NIST grants to spur regional education for cybersecurity workforce

      NIST grants to spur regional education for cybersecurity workforce

      Funding intended to grow pipeline of students pursuing cyber careers, reduce gaps in regional cyber workforce. The RAMPS grant will fund the next phase of the Pikes Peak Community College Cyber Prep Program to establish a formal partnership among secondary school districts, employers and the college. Plans include building cybersecurity workforce development pathways to meet local workforce needs.

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    3. Looking for path forward, 9-1-1 task force dives into sea of options - The Colorado Statesman

      Looking for path forward, 9-1-1 task force dives into sea of options - The Colorado Statesman

      Colorado’s 9-1-1 task force convened last Wednesday at the Capitol to take its first official steps in a larger effort to update policy guiding the state’s emergency phone service, which is experiencing increasing outages as technology, business models and infrastructure struggle to keep pace in the digital era. As fast became clear at the meeting, the members have a long way to go and little time to get there. The task force is scheduled to deliver recommendations to lawmakers at the end of January on how best to proceed.

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    4. Gov. Hickenlooper announces project to expand high-speed internet in Colorado schools | The Official Site of Governor Hickenlooper

      Gov. Hickenlooper announces project to expand high-speed internet in Colorado schools | The Official Site of Governor Hickenlooper

      Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today a new initiative to bring high-speed internet to schools across Colorado. Kids Link Colorado is a partnership between the Office of the Governor, the Governor’s Office of Information Technology and EducationSuperHighway, the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on upgrading internet access in every public school classroom in America.

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    5. Lockheed wins $395 million Air Force order for two GPS satellites

      Lockheed wins $395 million Air Force order for two GPS satellites

      The U.S Air Force will pay Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. to build two more updated global positioning satellites, adding $395 million to the Jefferson County-based company’s contracts covering the first satellites in the series.

      Lockheed Martin Space Systems (LMSS) now will build the first 10 GPS III satellites for the military.

      The Air Force’s Space and Missiles Systems Center, in El Segundo, California, announced the contract modification Wednesday.

      LMSS has held the prime contract to…

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    6. U.S. federal guidelines for self-driving cars say they will lead to safer roads | TechCrunch

      U.S. federal guidelines for self-driving cars say they will lead to safer roads | TechCrunch

      The U.S. government revealed its much-anticipated Federal Automated Vehicles policy on Monday evening, detailing its 15-point Safety Assessment to be rolled out fully on Tuesday, which is designed to give manufacturers hoping to build and ship self-driving vehicles proper expectations around what will work for regulators in terms of meeting safety requirements.

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    7. Colorado Unveils $9.5M Youth Apprenticeship Program | CPR

      Colorado Unveils $9.5M Youth Apprenticeship Program | CPR

      Colorado took a major step in building a locally grown workforce on Wednesday by launching a youth apprenticeship program modeled after one in Switzerland. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez was in Denver for the announcement, which he says makes Colorado a national leader at transforming the way students move from high school into careers.

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    8. Uber wins decision on arbitration that could undercut class-action lawsuits against it - Denver Business Journal

      Uber wins decision on arbitration that could undercut class-action lawsuits against it - Denver Business Journal

      ​In recent months, Uber has faced legal challenges to its labor practices that, in worst-case scenarios for the company, could upend its business model, which relies on classifying drivers as independent contractors. Those class-action challenges may have just been undercut by an appeals court ruling stating that all but a relative handful of Uber drivers are bound to submit to arbitration for most disputes and so must proceed individually, not as part of a class action.

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    9. 3 Colorado accelerators receive funding bump from feds - Denver Business Journal

      3 Colorado accelerators receive funding bump from feds - Denver Business Journal

      The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Investment and Innovation divvied up $3.4 million to 68 growth accelerators, including three in Colorado. Each of the accelerators has won $50,000 in the third annual competition meant to draw attention to financing gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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    10. Innosphere, Mergelane win $50,000 SBA prizes

      Innosphere, Mergelane win $50,000 SBA prizes

      Business incubator Innosphere in Fort Collins and startup accelerator Mergelane in Boulder are among 68 groups that each have won $50,000 as winners of the Small Business Administration’s third annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

      The winners, in 32 states and the District of Columbia, will receive a total of $3.4 million in prizes to boost the economic impact of accelerators...

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