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Chalkbeat Colorado

Five takeaways from Colorado’s school choice enrollment numbers

Colorado’s open enrollment laws enable students to enroll in any school or district, even if they don’t live within that school’s attendance boundaries

Education

Colorado is more diverse than ever, but its college professors are overwhelmingly white

Who teaches students matters. Studies show that it affects a student’s sense of belonging, and whether students and families see colleges as being for them.

Education

Adams 14 will have no online option for elementary students next year and limited online spots for older kids

The north metro Denver district is an outlier. But officials say elementary school students who studied online fell behind their in-person peers in reading and math.

News

Denver Public Schools names its sole finalist for superintendent

Finalist Alex Marrero served as interim superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle for the past eight months

Education

Colorado effort to significantly reduce student tickets and arrests is withdrawn by sponsors

Senate Bill 182 would have prevented all students from being referred to police, ticketed, or arrested for misdemeanors, petty offenses, and municipal code violations

Politics and Government

Colorado’s 2022 budget boosts K-12 spending, reverses higher ed cuts

School districts would receive about 10% more per pupil from the state. Budget writers also OK a 7% tuition hike at the University of Northern Colorado, and 3% at other colleges

Education

Colorado is aiming to identify dyslexic students early with screening initiative

Colorado education officials were set to select five elementary schools for the one-year, $92,000 pilot program in late April

Education

Gov. Jared Polis signs bill maintaining school funding amid pandemic challenges

The legislation approved ensures Colorado school districts will receive the money they originally expected for the 2020-21 school year despite about 30,000 fewer students showing up, a 3.3% decline in enrollment. The law also sends millions to rural school districts to meet the unique needs of small and isolated schools.

Politics and Government

Children of color are much more likely to face harsh school discipline. A Colorado bill seeks to change that.

More than 4,000 Colorado students were ticketed or arrested for a nonviolent misdemeanor at schools in the 2017-18 school year

Education

Colorado plan to scale back CMAS testing moves forward. Kids would test in literacy or math, but not both.

House Bill 1161 minimizes testing for students, teachers, and administrators dealing with the effects of the pandemic.

Education

Indigenous students say they need more from Colorado universities. An in-state tuition bill is a first step.

Senate Bill 29 would require higher education institutions in Colorado to charge in-state tuition to any student who is part of a federally recognized American Indian tribe that lived within the state. Fort Lewis College already waives tuition for Indigenous students.

Education

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

Education

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.

News

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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

Colorado lawmakers look to make standardized tests optional for college admissions

News

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.

Education

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

Education

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

Education
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