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Colorado universities and colleges could face more cuts if state doesn’t restore funding, leaders say

Gov. Jared Polis and House and Senate leaders have said they value returning the 58% cut that the state inflicted last year to help balance a budget as the pandemic ate into revenues and raised expenses

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Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says

Colorado lawmakers had already introduced a bill directing the state Department of Education to seek a waiver from the feds to get out of CMAS testing.

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As Colorado legislature reconvenes, leaders pledge funds for K-12, higher education

Lawmakers plan to triage pandemic problems and hope to get back on track after a tumultuous 2020. For education, that means replacing money cut to balance the budget last year.

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In rural Colorado, one town is looking to its community college to help survive the end of coal

Leaders of Craig see a tight window of opportunity to build a new economic base, provide residents replacement jobs, and ensure the city’s survival.

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Colorado needs more skilled workers. But the state provides little help to adults trying to earn a college degree.

A wide swath of Coloradans can’t access well-paying jobs to provide for their families, and employers can’t find workers with the skills needed for specialized jobs.

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Colorado lawmakers look to make standardized tests optional for college admissions

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CU Boulder struggles to enroll low-income students. That has consequences for Coloradans’ social mobility.

University of Colorado Boulder is fifth-lowest among nation’s flagships in enrolling low-income students, thus slowing Colorado’s social mobility.

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How Colorado’s special legislative session could help child care providers and remote learners

Lawmakers are expected to provide relief for at least two education topics

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Why so many Coloradans leave college financial aid on the table — and how to fix that

The state’s low completion rates of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid among high students places Colorado near the bottom in the nation

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Coronavirus creates questions about future of part-time instructors at Colorado’s colleges

As the pandemic forces colleges and universities to slash their budgets, part-time instructors are worried about partly or even entirely losing their teaching hours

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As coronavirus cases increase, Denver Public Schools takes second look at its in-person learning plans

Colorado’s largest school district started the school year remotely and began bringing back the youngest elementary students in mid-September

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To combat coronavirus, Durango’s Fort Lewis College embraces Navajo principle of kinship

Broadly, in Indigenous cultures, K’é encompasses mutual respect among all living things. It is demonstrated by making decisions to benefit the greater community.

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Why Colorado students are still taking the SAT, even though it’s now voluntary

In Colorado, at least for the foreseeable future, the privately administered SAT isn’t going anywhere.

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Colorado finally got full-day kindergarten, but parents are wary in the COVID era

Official enrollment numbers have not yet been finalized, but many districts are reporting a decline in kindergarten enrollment believed to be due to the pandemic

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What do Jeffco schools use to teach reading? District leaders don’t know, and neither does the public.

District leaders told Chalkbeat that each school has the autonomy to select its own reading curriculum, but officials don’t track what schools have chosen.

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Denver enacts stricter rules for universities as coronavirus outbreaks spread at campuses

Denver’s decision comes as outbreaks at the University of Colorado Boulder are threatening in-person learning, and Colorado College has moved mostly remote

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Will the University of Colorado’s two-week coronavirus pause be enough to turn the corner?

Some experts say a two-week pause can also lead to longer remote learning and even sending students home.

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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

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Why thousands of Colorado students disconnected from school despite hotspots and internet deals

Some lawmakers, superintendents, and education advocates are calling for a fundamental shift in the way Colorado thinks about internet access

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Colorado hopes a new higher education funding formula will make a difference for students. It may not be easy.

The state’s newest model will provide money to schools based on metrics that include how many students of color it enrolls, and how many are low-income, the first to go to college in their family and are from Colorado

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