Articles By Ann Schimke

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Colorado State Board calls for tougher rules teacher training rules on reading instruction

The new rules will govern the rollout of legislation that updates a major 2012 law — the READ Act — requiring districts to help struggling readers in the early grades

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Colorado wants to ensure teachers know how to teach reading. But some say proposed rules lack teeth and transparency.

Critics say that kind of case-by-case internal review leaves the public in the dark about what gets the state’s stamp of approval and what doesn’t

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What happened to free? Colorado Gov. Polis has changed how he talks about preschool

There are big challenges to paying for preschool in Colorado, a state that does not fully fund its K-12 education system and only this year started paying for full-day kindergarten

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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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Could a new nicotine tax pay for free preschool in Colorado? Advocates want to ask voters in November.

New taxes on a pack of cigarettes or vaping products would range from $1.20 to $2.60, depending on which version of the ballot proposal is selected. Currently, taxes are 84 cents a pack, among the lowest in the country.

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Colorado early childhood efforts could get a major boost from federal grant

The new money will come from the federal Preschool Development Birth through Five grant program, which was established under the 2015 federal education law

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Colorado has spent hundreds of millions to help kids read. Now, it will spend up to $5.2 million to find out why it hasn’t worked.

A state law passed last spring mandated the external evaluation and other steps intended to improve the 2012 law, known as the READ Act

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High school can be rough. These Colorado teens are making it easier for their peers to get help.

In a state with an alarming youth suicide rate and a persistent hunger for prevention strategies, the vouchers represent a student-driven effort to broaden access to mental health services

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“Keep the story going”: How community volunteers nudge Colorado elementary students to take on racism

Run by YWCA Boulder County, the idea is to use storytelling to raise awareness about racism and discrimination, and encourage students to do something about it