January Newsletter

Happy New Year!
 
Last week, as most of House District 61 was enjoying the recent flurry of snowfall, members of the 71st Colorado General Assembly met in Denver for our first day of the 2017 Legislative Session.

Inside the crowded House Chamber, members of the Colorado House of Representatives were sworn in by Chief Justice Nancy Rice

Being sworn in alongside my Joint Budget Committee colleague Rep. Dave Young

My husband Rich joined us in the House Chamber for the ceremony

Celebrating with former legislators Dan Gibbs and Christine Scanlan

After being sworn in by Chief Justice Rice, leadership from both parties addressed the chamber and established their priorities, which will set this year’s legislative agenda.
 
House Speaker Crisanta Duran’s compelling speech highlighted the need for construction defects reform, a comprehensive statewide plan to upgrade Colorado’s overburdened transportation system, a need to address mounting issues in education funding, and a long term solution to the state’s budgeting problems. Her speech ended with an appeal to the chamber and all Coloradans to help ensure that Colorado remains an inclusive state, where the bullying of people because of their gender, race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation is not tolerated.
 
Some of my legislative priorities for 2017 include addressing the cost of health insurance in the western areas of Colorado, increasing equity and adequacy in the way we fund our public schools, protecting our environment and public lands, and ensuring that the state can continue to balance the budget in years to come by addressing some of the constraints we currently face.
 
As always, please contact my office with any suggestions or input regarding any issues you wish to discuss.

Upcoming Events:

Inside Scoop: Conservation Priorities in 2017 
Hosted by Conservation Colorado, Rep. Millie Hamner, Rep. Barbara McLachlan, Sen. Kerry Donovan, Gunnison County Commissioner Jonathan Houck
  • When: Saturday, February 4th from 1:00p to 3:00pm
  • Where: Quigley Hall, Western State Colorado University (600 N. Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231)
  • Event Partners: High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA), Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI), Western State Colorado University, Masters in Environmental Management (MEM)
  • Contact Brien at brien@conservationco.org or 719-322-7050 with any questions.
Community Coffee with Mayor Greg Labbe and Rep. Millie Hamner
  • When: Saturday, January 28th from 9:00am to 10:00am 
  • Where: City on a Hill Coffee and Espresso (508 Harrison Ave #3, Leadville, CO 80461) 
  • Contact Phil at phil.robinson.house@gmail.com or 303-866-2952 with any questions.  

I hope you have a wonderful month!

November Newsletter

With election season now behind us, we are looking forward to the 2017 Legislative Session. The recent election resulted in a slight shift in the makeup of the General Assembly. The Democrats now hold a 37-28 seat majority in the House, with the Republicans holding the Senate by 18 seats to 17. 

I am already back to work with my colleagues on the Joint Budget Committee as we begin the process of crafting the 2017 state budget. Governor Hickenlooper’s initial budget request highlighted some indicators that it will be a challenging budget year. There is a large discrepancy between the pressure on the General Fund and the funds available. Because that difference sits at $500 million, he has proposed a series of ideas to help us balance the budget. Consideration of these strategies will likely result in debates over the coming months that will require us to be diligent in our ability to work across the aisle and come up with solutions that work for the entire state. 

2017 Legislative Agenda: 

I am currently in the process of drafting my 2017 Legislative Agenda. This coming session, I will continue to focus on addressing health insurance costs in the western region of Colorado, increasing equity and adequacy in the way we fund our public schools, protecting our environment, and ensuring that the state can continue to balance the budget in years to come by addressing some of the constraints we currently face. Please feel free to contact my office with any suggestions or input on the coming 2017 legislative session.

I70/CDOT Update: 
Click here for the latest Interchange Newsletter from CDOT. 

  • Independence Pass will close on Thursday, November 17th. 
  • CDOT will be repairing several bridge columns on the I-70 underpass at mile point 180 in East Vail. The project is expected to last until Friday
  • For additional information, visit their website.

Events:
I will be scheduling legislative town halls in each county of HD61 this spring. Stay tuned for updates on when I will be visiting your area! 

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Summit Daily article

Back to: OPINION

Summit Daily editorial: Reelect Millie Hamner as House 61 representative

Summit County is lucky to have had Millie Hamner serving as its representative at the state house for the past six years. Yes, the former superintendent of Summit School District and Democratic incumbent is a bona fide education wonk, but she has also stepped up to tackle state budget issues and has a proven track record of sponsoring bipartisan bills on a variety of issues, including ones that seek to address rising health care premiums.

Millie Hamner has more than earned another term — her fourth and final. Because Hamner lives in Dillon, she clearly understands Summit County’s needs better than someone located on the far-flung fringes of the district. Not that that really matters, though — Hamner appears equally responsive to the general needs of her large and geographically diverse district, which includes Summit, Lake, Pitkin, Gunnison and Delta counties.

Republican Robert Schutt, a doctor out of Crested Butte, seems like a fine man, with an abundance of passion, intelligence and accomplishments. However, Hamner has formed strong alliances that are too important to concede to a political newcomer.

“I know how to work well with other people,” Hamner has said. “I think that’s what people want and expect from their representatives. They want somebody who doesn’t polarize issues and who can try to find compromise and bring solutions together. That’s my strength.”

During her years in the Legislature, Hamner has served on several committees. She was the chair of the joint budget committee and vice chair of appropriations. She has also served as chair of the education committee.

Among her accomplishments is playing a major role in securing the $10 million for the installation of a fire suppression system in the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel, the economic lifeline for Eagle and Summit counties. She also sponsored an education bill that expanded funding for the state’s beleaguered school districts.

Before entering politics, Hamner was the superintendent of the Summit School District, a position she started in 2004. Before that she was the assistant superintendent for three years. Prior to coming to Summit County she was a teacher and administrator in Eagle County for 23 years.

Please join us in voting Millie Hamner into another term as our champion at the Capitol.

Here is the link to the article:

http://bit.ly/2e8pzuu

October Newsletter

I hope you are enjoying autumn and starting to decorate your pumpkins for Halloween! In House District 61, the snow is beginning to fall and we are all getting ready for ski season. 

As usual, I have been busy the past month out in the district meeting with constituents and participating in a host of wonderful events.

Introducing Governor Hickenlooper at the 2016 Governor's Tourism Conference in Breckenridge

Introducing Governor Hickenlooper at the 2016                                   Governor’s Tourism Conference in Breckenridge.

Senator Donovan and I attended the dedication ceremony for the Fallen Heroes Highway, honoring Patrick Mahany and Nicklas Palmer.

Senator Donovan and I attended the dedication ceremony for the Fallen Heroes Highway, honoring Patrick Mahany and Nicklas Palmer.

I was honored to participate in the Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado panel at the Breckenridge Film Festival

I was honored to participate in the Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado panel at the Breckenridge Film Festival.

As we get closer to the election, sample ballots have been posted on all of the county websites. I have included links below for every county’s sample ballot in House District 61. Ballots will be mailed on Monday, so make sure to consult your blue book and become acquainted with all the important measures on this year’s ballot. 

House District 61 Sample Ballots: 

Delta County
Gunnison County
Lake County 
Pitkin County 
Summit County 

 

Upcoming:

I have a very busy month beginning tomorrow, as I travel to Edwards to participate on the Vail Symposium Panel on Education at Battle Mountain High School. Next week, I am traveling to Gunnison to meet with a political science class at WCSU. The following week, I will be attending the Forest Collaboratives Summit in Dillon, a Healthcare Task Force meeting in Summit County, speaking to a class at the Peak School, and hosting the CDOT community town hall in Frisco. 

The Budget Committee will hear the Governor’s budget request for 2017-2018 and begin the process of crafting the State Budget on November 14th.

Events:

Vail Symposium Education Panel 
October 14th from 3:45pm to 6:45pm
Battle Mountain High School in Edwards

Forest Collaborative Summit
October 24 from 2:00pm-3:00pm 

Keystone Center in Dillon 

CDOT Town Hall
October 27th from 5:00pm-6:30pm 

Hoosier Room at the Community and Senior Center in Frisco 

October 29th Meet and Greet with State Representative Millie Hamner
Home of Jose and Rhonda Lopez in Redstone 

For directions and RSVP, contact Jose at: 
970-963-2989(Home)
830-998-4861 (Cell)
jalopezmd@me.com

I-70 UPDATE: 

This week’s lane and ramp closures planned for eastbound I-70 at Idaho Springs interchange have been canceled. CDOT has announced that they will resume in the coming weeks. To stay updated on the status of this project, visit CDOT’s website https://www.codot.gov/news.

CDOT and I have organized a community Town Hall at the Senior Center in Frisco on October 27th at 5:00pm. This will be a great opportunity to come down and air your concerns and/or opinions with CDOT officials. I have included details below. However,  feel free to contact my office with questions.

I hope you have a wonderful month!

September Newsletter

I continue to keep quite busy during the interim!

Meeting with constituents in Cedaredge

                            Meeting with constituents in Cedaredge

Touring the new Kaiser facility in Frisco

                              Touring the new Kaiser facility in Frisco

Meeting with the Lake County Family Leadership Training Institute at the Capitol

Meeting with the Lake County Family Leadership Training Institute at the Capitol

Picture time with my wonderful constituents from the Leadville FLTI

        Picture time with my wonderful constituents from the Leadville FLTI

In August, I attended the annual Colorado Water Congress Summit in Steamboat Springs. This conference brings various state leaders together with water experts to discuss current issues and solutions regarding water in Colorado.

I also had the chance to tour the new Kaiser Permanente facility in Frisco. As you may know, addressing the cost of health insurance on the Western Slope is one of my top priorities heading into this next session. I think it is important that we keep an open dialogue with insurance companies such as Kaiser as we move forward with potential solutions to this issue.

I was honored to distribute scholarship money to Colorado Mountain College and Western State Colorado University with Lt. Governor Donna Lynne

I was honored to distribute scholarship money to Colorado Mountain College and Western State Colorado University                                                                     with Lt. Governor Donna Lynne

Coming up, I have the distinct honor of hosting and introducing Governor Hickenlooper at the annual Tourism Conference in Breckenridge this week. At the Capitol, I will be meeting with my Joint Budget Committee colleagues next week for the September Revenue Forecast. This will be the last revenue forecast before we begin meeting regularly again in November.

As you may know, one of my major priorities at the Capitol has always been funding for our schools. Next month, I will post overviews for every school funding measure that is on the ballot in House District 61 so that you are adequately informed before filling out your ballot.

I hope that you are finding time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather in HD61!

August Update

I hope you are enjoying your Summer. I sure enjoyed Boom Days in Leadville last weekend!

Marching in the 2016 Boom Days Parade along side everyone's favorite pack burro Koshare!

              Marching in the 2016 Boom Days Parade along side everyone’s favorite pack burro Koshare!

On August 1st, my Joint Budget Committee colleagues and I released some $19 million in funds for the Department of Local Affairs to go through with a series of grant projects across the state. In my district, I was very happy to see $315,000 of these funds go towards the effort to preserve the beautiful Tabor Opera House in Leadville. A $300,000 grant was also awarded to the Delta County Radio Console Update.

Also last week, my colleagues and I on the Wild Fire Matters Review Committee met representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, CO State Forest Service, Denver Water, and Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs. We took a highly informative tour of sites in Summit County that exemplify successful collaboration and wildfire mitigation efforts.

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As you may remember, I passed legislation this past session that directed the Division of Insurance to study the plausibility of designating the entire state as one single geographic insurance rating area. The purpose of this bill was to address the ever increasing cost of Health Insurance for Western Slope communities. The results of that study were presented to the JBC last week. You can view the full report by visiting the DORA website, or by clicking here.

The bottom line is that based on the results of the study, the Insurance Commissioner did not recommend the change to a single geographic rating area because of the price increases it would incur on Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and the rest of the Front Range. However, she is committed to working alongside the JBC to delve into cost drivers in a new report that we will see on December 1st.

It is my hope that this study will, at the very least, bring awareness to the severity of the problem that rising health insurance costs pose for rural Colorado. This is an issue that my Western Slope colleagues and I are committed to resolving in the coming session.

I70 Update: 
For those of you in Summit County, please read the below article released by our colleagues over at CDOT.

Work to begin on I-70 culvert project next week

I hope you have a wonderful month!

 

June Update

I hope you are enjoying your summer! The 2016 legislative session is now more than a month behind us, but I always manage to stay busy during the interim. Though I will still find myself in Denver periodically over the summer for Joint Budget Committee quarterly revenue forecasts, I plan on spending the majority of my time traveling through my beautiful district and meeting with constituents.

I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Alliance Colorado for naming me Legislator of the Year and the Colorado Association of Libraries for awarding me with the 2015-16 Legislative Award last week. I am truly honored to be recognized by these important groups, and I look forward to continuing the great work that we do together next session.

Receiving Legislator of the Year from Alliance on June 17th in Breckenridge

Receiving Legislator of the Year from Alliance on June 17th in Breckenridge

Receiving the annual Legislative Award from CAL on June 19th at the Grand Opening of the Pitkin Library in Aspen

Receiving the annual Legislative Award from CAL on June 19th at the Grand Opening of the Pitkin Library in Aspen

Many of my constituents have been asking me about Amendment 69, which will be on the ballot in November. This amendment seeks to amend Colorado’s Constitution to create a new health care financing system called ColoradoCare that operates as a political subdivision of the state. The measure calls for 10% payroll tax plus 10% non-payroll tax to raise the $25 billion necessary to cover the costs of the system.

Because this measure carries enormous implications for everyone in Colorado, I encourage you to visit the websites for both the proponents and opponents to make sure you make right the decision for you on election day. I have included links to both websites below.

Amendment 69 Proponents
Amendment 69 Opponents

Talking with constituents during a Town Hall in Basalt alongside my colleague Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush.

Talking with constituents during a Town Hall in Basalt alongside my colleague Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush.

Attending the annual Leadville and Lake County Community Cleanup

Attending the annual Leadville and Lake County Community Cleanup

Events:

Thank you to everyone who joined me at the recent events in Basalt, Paonia, Leadville, and Frisco! Coming up, I will be in Aspen on Saturday, July 2nd to meet with constituents at the Farmer’s Market. On Monday, July 4th, I will be participating in the annual parades in Breckenridge and Frisco. If you have any questions, I have posted all event information on my website,www.milliehamner.com. I hope to see you there!

I hope you have a wonderful month!

Aspen Daily News article-State budget aimed 
at protecting 
Colorado’s way of life

Here is the link to the article:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/columnist/171517?platform=hootsuite

State budget aimed 
at protecting 
Colorado’s way of life

by State Rep. Millie Hamner, Special to the Aspen Daily News

As chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee, the state budget was my highest priority in the legislative session that ended last month. After hundreds of hours of JBC hearings and intensive negotiation and collaboration among its members, we drafted, the House and Senate approved, and Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a 2016-17 state budget that protects and defends Colorado’s way of life.

For the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, we managed to increase per-pupil average spending for K-12 schools by 1.5 percent; avoid a $20 million cut to higher education recommended by the governor; maintain the statutory 6.5 percent budget reserve; and avert recommended cuts to payment rates for medical providers. On the downside, the budget sets transfers to the state’s highway fund at $150 million, a reduction of $50 million, and it cuts $73 million from support for hospitals around the state.

Given our state’s budgetary constraints, I’m proud of the budget and the bipartisan work that went into it. But I wish we had a little more breathing room for critical investments in transportation, health care and especially education. Students and teachers in every corner of Colorado need adequate resources, and I’m concerned about the long-term effects of delivering the bare minimum of support to our schools.

A bill that fell victim to partisan politics this session would have protected K-12 education and our colleges and universities while also infusing a guaranteed $700 million into our state’s transportation system. It would have put $350 million into capital development, creating thousands of construction jobs all over the state, and it would have restored vital funding to rural hospitals and to local governments’ mineral impact funds. And all this without raising the tax rate of a single Coloradan.

I think we left a solution on the table, and I hope to resume discussion of this issue next session.

I sponsored a total of 42 bills this year, of which 40 passed. Most of my bills were budget-related, like the annual school finance act. But the state’s finances were not my only concern this year. I want to make specific mention of four bipartisan bills that I think are good for the state and for my constituents in House District 61:

• HB16-1276, with Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, as my co-prime sponsor, authorizes the use of the state Emergency Response Cash Fund any time hazardous circumstances exist at a “legacy” mine site, a hard-rock mining operation that was abandoned prior to 1976 and where there is no continuing responsibility for reclamation under state or federal laws. This new law allows us to act quickly in situations like the Gold King mine spill last year and allows for cleanups at sites that are not designated as Superfund sites.

• HB16-1336, with Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, as my co-prime sponsor, has launched a study on how a single insurance rating area in Colorado could help lower exorbitant health insurance premiums on the Western Slope. In 2016, premiums in the mountain area increased an average of 25.8 percent, while the average increase across the state was 9.8 percent. Combining Colorado’s nine geographic rating areas into one statewide area could even out these discrepancies. The study group has a tight deadline of Aug. 1 to make recommendations to the JBC.

• SB16-203, also with Rep. Rankin, directs the Office of the State Auditor to conduct evaluations of all state tax “expenditures,” which include tax deductions, exemptions, credits, and special rates for certain groups, types of income, transactions or property. We hand out these tax breaks with good intentions but rarely go back to weigh the economic costs and benefits and whether the expenditure is doing what we intended it to do.

• HB16-1453, with Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, invests some seed money to turn Colorado Springs into a national hub for cybersecurity research and training.  The proposed National Cybersecurity Intelligence Center will operate as part of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and take advantage of synergies with other cybersecurity operations in the Pikes Peak region.

Regardless of whether the Legislature is in session down in Denver, I never stop working for you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, comments or concerns. Thank you for your continued support.

State Rep. Millie Hamner represents House District 61, including Pitkin, Lake and Summit counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. She lives in Dillon. Contact her at 303-866-2952 or millie.hamner@state.co.us.

End of Session Update

Wednesday was the final day of the 2016 Legislative Session. This means that I will be spending most of my time in district between now and November. There are a couple of highlights that I would like to mention from the end of session. First, an extremely important bill that I carried with my Joint Budget Committee colleagues passed through both chambers. House Bill 16-1422 (Financing Public Schools) is the annual school finance bill. I am proud of this bill because of what we were able to accomplish despite having tight budgeting constraints this year. We expanded funding for K-12 schools and held the negative factor at last year’s level. The bill also establishes a new $1 million grant program for rural school districts who are dealing with the negative factor for the first time and manages to reach a compromise on many of the charter school issues that have been contentious this session.

My JBC colleagues and I watching alongside leadership from the House and Senate as Governor Hickenlooper signs the 2016-2017 State Budget on May 3rd, 2016.

My JBC colleagues and I watching alongside leadership from the House and Senate as Governor Hickenlooper signs the 2016-2017 State Budget on May 3rd, 2016.

Last week, my colleagues and I on the Joint Budget Committee met with the leadership from both chambers to join Governor Hickenlooper as he signed the Colorado State Budget for 2016-17 into law. Despite our budgeting constraints, we achieved some significant victories with this year’s budget. We were able to Increase per-pupil average spending for K-12 schools by $112, avert a possible $20 million cut to higher education, set transfers to the state’s highway fund at $150 million, maintain the statutory 6.5 percent budget reserve, and avert cuts to payment rates for medical providers.

Talking with constituents at Periodic Brewing in Leadville alongside State Senator Kerry Donovan during our event on April 23rd.

Talking with constituents at Periodic Brewing in Leadville alongside State Senator Kerry Donovan during our event on April 23rd.

I was able to welcome some of my constituents from Gunnison County and Pitkin County to the floor of the House of Representatives

I was able to welcome some of my constituents from Gunnison County and Pitkin County to the floor of the House of Representatives

Upcoming Events:  

Governor Hickenlooper will be joining me in our district tomorrow (5/17/16) to sign two of my bills into law. The first will be held at 8:20am outside of Crested Butte, and the second is in Frisco at 1:55pm. I have included directions and descriptions of the bills below for your reference. These ceremonies are open to the public and I encourage you to join us if you are available!

House Bill 16-1276 Bill Signing in Crested Butte
When: Tuesday, May 17 at 8:20 a.m.
Where: Peanut Mine Crested Butte, CO
Who: Governor John Hickenlooper and State Representative Millie Hamner
What: House Bill 16-1276: Conduct Emergency Responses at Legacy Mining Sites

House Bill 16-1336 Bill Signing in Frisco
When: Tuesday, May 17 at 1:55 p.m.
Where: Elevate coSPACE: 711 Granite St, Frisco, CO 80443
Who: Governor John Hickenlooper and State Representative Millie Hamner
What: House Bill 16-1336: Study Single Geographic Area Individual Health Plans

Town Hall with Senator Kerry Donovan in Crested Butte
When: Sunday, June 12th 2016 from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Rumors Coffee and Tea: 414 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Who: State Representatives Millie Hamner and State Senator Kerry Donovan
What: End-of-Session Town Hall

Town Hall with Representatives Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) and Diane Mitsch Bush in Basalt
When: Friday, June 16th 2016 at 3:30pm
Where: Basalt Library: 14 Midland Ave, Basalt, CO 81621
Who: State Representatives Millie Hamner, Dianne Mitsch Bush, and Bob Rankin
What: End-of-Session Town Hall

I hope you will be able to join us!

I-70 Update:
The following press release was sent out by CDOT last week:

GEORGETOWN- Construction will resume May 9, on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Guardrail Repair and Replacement project on Interstate 70, from Georgetown to the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel (EJMT). The project will include guardrail repair and replacement along the 13-mile section of I-70. In addition to this work, two new inlets near Georgetown at Mile Point (MP) 225 will be installed. Work is expected to last through mid-June 2016.

APC Southern Construction of Golden, Colorado was awarded the $6.5 million contract for this project.

“The guardrail improvements are necessary to provide a safer roadway for travelers,” says Paul Jesaitis, CDOT Region 1 Transportation Director. “The new inlets will keep water from overflowing or pooling in the event of heavy rain or snow.”

Traffic Impacts

Normal working hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with crews off the road on Fridays by noon. Initially, crews will repair and replace guardrails on Eastbound I-70 near Georgetown, progressing west towards EJMT. Motorists can expect single lane closures of a half mile to a mile in length at any given time during the project. For the safety of the project team, speed limits will be reduced to 50 mph through the work zone. Traffic fines in the construction zone will be doubled. If you have questions about the project, you can contact the Public Information Team at 720-386-5686, or email i70ejmt@publicinfoteam.com

Have a wonderful Month!

Best,

Hamner Pulls Off K-12 Rescue

H-Hamner, Millie(May 10) – The bipartisan School Finance Act, which sets higher than expected funding levels for the coming school year, passed the Senate and House again tonight after some changes to better support rural school districts facing the negative factor for the first time were approved. The bill has widely been accepted as a victory in a year when many legislators feared the worst.

“We are all relieved to see a School Finance Act pass both chambers that increases per pupil funding,” said Rep. Millie Hamner, prime sponsor of the bill. “This bill has support in both parties from both chambers because putting our kids first is one priority we can all agree on. That’s not to say we are funding our schools sufficiently—every school in our state is struggling to deal with the negative factor. We need a better solution to give students and teachers in every corner of the state adequate resources and I will continue to work on solutions—as I have throughout my six years serving in the legislature—that allow our budget to prioritize education.”

HB16-1422 does what many thought was impossible this year: it expands funding for K-12 schools and holds the negative factor at last year’s level. The bill also establishes a new $1 million grant program for rural school districts who are dealing with the negative factor for the first time. The bill also manages to reach a compromise on many charter school issues that have been contentious this session.

The governor’s original budget proposal released in November grew the K-12 negative factor by $50 million and cut the state education fund by $240 million.

The bill now proceeds to the governor’s desk.

Here is the link to the article:

http://cohousedems.com/hamner-pulls-off-k-12-rescue/?platform=hootsuite