The Colorado Capitol in Denver. (Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Here’s a guide to how the Colorado state budget works, and how much is spent

The powerful Joint Budget Committee will hold its first-ever public testimony to get public feedback on how to spend $30 billion next fiscal year

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Most Colorado teacher prep programs don’t teach reading well, report says. University leaders don’t buy it.

While many higher education leaders discount the report as an unreliable gauge of whether teacher prep programs adequately train teachers on reading instruction, there’s no debate that far too many children struggle with reading

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Even if Colorado gives child sex assault victims unlimited time to sue, it may be too late for those already abused

Lawmakers are considering eliminating the civil statute of limitations for child sex assault, but Colorado’s constitution appears to prohibit laws from working retroactively. Victims’ advocates think there is a path to address past abuse.

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Textbook costs can bust college students’ budgets. Colorado professors are turning the page with free resources.

The rise of open educational resources at Colorado college campuses has helped shave costs for students. Red Rocks Community College is leading the pack, developing degree paths that require few textbooks.