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How much should the state spend to learn how far Colorado kids have fallen behind during the pandemic?

How do you measure the academic strides a student has made since last spring or clarify how much they’ve fallen behind? It’s a complicated question in a summer bookended by uncertainty, with the coronavirus having forced Colorado students into remote learning this spring and many districts still pinning down their instruction plans for the fall. […]

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Colorado students need a back-to-school test to get back on course after coronavirus, advocates say

Just how much knowledge Colorado students gained, retained or lost during a school year disrupted by a pandemic — and how their knowledge base changes over summer — is one giant guessing game.  Education advocates are determined to get answers. Education groups are urging the Colorado Department of Education to invest federal coronavirus relief money […]

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Voters will decide in November whether all Colorado 4-year-olds can attend preschool starting in 2023

By fall 2023, thousands more Colorado 4-year-olds could be gathering in preschool classrooms for a few hours each week to practice their letters and listen to storytime in preparation for kindergarten. It’s a vision that state leaders — namely Gov. Jared Polis — and early childhood advocates have been chasing for decades. They might finally […]

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“This sort of weird torture is over”: Colorado DACA recipients on their hopes, fears after Supreme Court ruling

The last few years have been harrowing for the estimated 14,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in Colorado.  They’ve watched as their protections from deportation wound through the federal court system and became a political football in Congress. They’ve held their breath waiting for answers about their future and whether or not they’d be […]

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Graduation rates could suffer after lawmakers cut a program to help Colorado kids entering high school

The leap from eighth grade to ninth grade can be particularly daunting, with high stakes for students: the success or struggles that mark their first year of high school can predict whether they will graduate. About a dozen of Colorado’s 178 school districts have implemented a year-old, state-funded program that provides extra support to incoming […]

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Tragedy has prepared Colorado students for their next battle: police brutality and racism

Minutes before a group of young protesters was set to begin its own Black Lives Matter moment on Saturday, the skies opened up. Heavy rain mixed with wind gusts and swirling dust sent demonstrators sheltering in groups near cars at Strive Prep – RISE near Denver’s Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. Most of the protesters, most […]

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Day and night: Organizers of Denver protests say mayhem after dark is muddying their message

Since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week, protests have erupted throughout the country and around the world in a collective outcry against police brutality and the generations of pain left in its wake. “The death of George has been a tipping point,” said Lindsay Minter, a community leader who helped organize peaceful protests at […]

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As Colorado schools start plotting fall classes they have more questions than answers

The coronavirus is forcing Colorado school districts to get creative as they reimagine what classes could look like this fall. Among the options: hybrid classes with some students in schools and others learning from home; staggered and shortened school schedules; pushing desks 6 feet apart, spreading classes across multiple rooms and having teachers rotate between […]

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Remote learning robbed Colorado kids of end-of-year traditions. It might also set them back over summer break.

As students close their textbooks for the last time each school year and trade early mornings racing the bell for lazy ones sleeping in, the same threat hangs over most all of them. Losing some of the knowledge base and skills they developed over the academic year — often referred to as the summer slide […]