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Colorado’s CARES Act money doesn’t do enough for colleges and students, higher education leaders say

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Federal assistance meant to lessen the economic blow of COVID-19 on Colorado’s colleges isn’t fully meeting the needs of their neediest students and comes with restrictions that limit the […]

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Why Colorado school districts are serving fewer meals during coronavirus closures

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: One of the first considerations for any school district thinking about closing school, even for a single snow day is: How will children eat? As schools across Colorado closed in March to slow the […]

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With move to online learning, University of Denver students petition for tuition adjustment

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Taking up a call made by college students around the country, students at the University of Denver are asking for a tuition reduction that reflects what they’ve lost since the campus closed last month to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The closure set off a cascade of issues for students, from […]

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Coronavirus closures: Denver-area districts cancel in-person classes the rest of the school year

School districts across the Denver metro area will be closed for in-person learning through the end of the school year to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, according to a Friday announcement from 14 district superintendents. The 14 districts include Colorado’s five largest: Denver Public Schools, Jeffco Public Schools, Douglas County School District, Cherry Creek […]

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More poverty, fewer federal dollars: Suburban Denver schools face hard choices about who gets cut off

By Yesenia Robles and Sam Park, Chalkbeat Colorado As poverty grows along Denver’s borders, some suburban schools are finding they have fewer resources to serve a changing crop of students. School districts are seeing areas of concentrated poverty with more schools needing extra resources to address the challenges students face. At the same time, districts […]

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Five takeaways from Colorado’s 2019-20 student census

By Yesenia Robles, Ann Schimke, Sam Park, Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee, Chalkbeat Colorado Colorado’s public school enrollment nudged up this year — propelled by changes in full-day kindergarten, according to official numbers released Thursday. Statewide enrollment this year grew by less than 0.2%, with 913,223 students enrolled this year — 1,687 more than in 2018-19. It’s a slightly bigger increase than […]

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Denver turned marijuana into money for after-school programs. Other cities are taking note.

By Stell Simonton, Chalkbeat  Denver’s after-school programs have been a major beneficiary of the city’s special retail marijuana sales tax. As efforts to legalize marijuana spread, after-school leaders in dozens of cities are taking this lesson home. Last year Denver collected about $46 million in marijuana tax, said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. The Denver Afterschool […]

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Teachers in Park County end strike without pay raises or a contract

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado Teachers in the Park County Re-2 district based in Fairplay are returning to work Thursday with neither the professional agreement nor the pay raises they sought when they started their strike on Oct. 14. This marks the end of the longest teacher strike in Colorado in decades and the first in recent […]

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How a Colorado public school for students with dyslexia is changing the game for struggling readers — and the state conversation on reading

Tammy Kennington and the four children in her cozy therapy room prepared to sound out the word “April.” “Divide before your first medial consonant. Accent the first syllable,” Kennington said, her fourth graders quietly echoing her words. “A vowel in an open-accented syllable is long. Code it with a macron,” they said. “A vowel in […]