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

By Ann Schimke and Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado With no federal stimulus in sight, Colorado lawmakers will look to provide much needed relief to ease the effects of the coronavirus pandemic during a special session that starts Monday. Lawmakers are expected to provide relief for at least two education topics. The unexpected special session, which […]

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

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado For the past several years, Colorado students have left tens of millions in federal funds for their college education untapped — somewhere between $30 million to $50 million. “It’s a pot of gold,” said Angie Paccione, the Colorado Higher Education Department executive director. “If you don’t access that money, it’s […]

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

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Life as an adjunct instructor means constant uncertainty, explained Alex Wolf-Root. Adjuncts such as Wolf-Root, a philosophy instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, are part-time workers who must contend with low pay and little job security. Many hold doctorates and perform research for free in the hopes they will someday […]

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

Cases in Denver are now at their highest point since May, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and local public health officials are warning residents the city could move backwards and impose more restrictions on businesses and events if the trajectory doesn’t change. What this means for Denver Public Schools’ phased reopening remains to be seen. […]

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

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Fort Lewis College senior Ally Gee watched as COVID-19 devastated the Navajo Nation and took the lives of two loved ones. The overwhelming impact the coronavirus is having on her life prompted her to share with her school in Durango the Diné, or Navajo, concept of K’é, meaning kinship. The […]

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

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Despite state school board members deeming the SAT voluntary this year for Colorado high school students, the state education department ordered more than 30,000 test books for about 400 schools to administer it for free in September. Although the Colorado Department of Education could not say how many students took the college […]

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

By Chandra Thomas Whitfield, Chalkbeat Colorado Mattye Crowley spent most of her summer agonizing over whether to enroll her 5-year-old son in kindergarten at their neighborhood school this fall. The west Denver single mother, who also has an 8-year-old son in the third grade, said she feared for her children’s safety as the number of […]

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

By Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado Parents have asked. Community groups have asked. Media outlets have asked. For two years, none have gotten a clear answer about the primary curriculums Jeffco’s 90 elementary and K-8 schools use to teach children how to read. District leaders told Chalkbeat that each school has the autonomy to select its […]

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

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Denver public health officials enacted stricter rules for area colleges and their students on Thursday after a series of outbreaks at three of the city’s universities. The health department will require colleges to conduct daily health screenings, increase efforts to ensure mask compliance, limit campus visitors, and submit a compliance […]

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

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado The closure Monday of the University of Colorado Boulder’s campus for at least two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus felt like an inevitable conclusion for some students and professors. Senior Laura-Elena Porras, 21, said school officials had to know the culture that exists on and off campus. […]