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Gov. Jared Polis launches $32.7 million fund to incubate ideas to improve student learning during coronavirus

Colorado's governor says he wants the state to use the money to address long-standing inequities among student populations

Gov. Jared Polis speaks to reporters after a roundtable discussion about education during coronavirus. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat Colorado. More at chalkbeat.org.

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado

To continue the battle against fallout from COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday launched a $32.7 million grant program that seeks to create innovations that help the state’s most disadvantaged students.

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In an interview with Chalkbeat, Polis said he hopes the Response, Innovation, and Student Equity Education Fund, known as RISE, will plant ideas that will leave Colorado in a better place during and after the pandemic.

The state describes the competitive grant fund, which uses federal stimulus money from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, as an incubator of ideas that advance student learning, especially among those who have suffered deeply the economic, social, and health effects of the crisis.

Polis also hopes RISE will foster new models of learning, ideas to better the educational experience of college students, and ways to strengthen the connections between high school, college, and careers.

Polis said he wants the state to use the money to address long-standing inequities among student populations.

“The ideas are going to be as creative as our state is,” Polis said.

Read more at chalkbeat.org.

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