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Colorado voters to decide to limit tax exemptions to fund free school lunch expansion

Colorado voters will decide this November whether to cover the cost of school meals for all students. All Colorado students have had access to free lunch over the last two years thanks to pandemic-related federal waivers that are set to expire this summer. During that time, many school districts reported more students eating lunch, sometimes as […]

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Fully fund K-12 schools? Colorado lawmakers say maybe next year.

Colorado lawmakers this year came closer to fully funding the state’s schools than at any time since the Great Recession. But rattled by rising inflation and the threat of a ballot measure that would slash anticipated growth in property tax revenue legislators stopped short of constitutionally mandated K-12 spending.  Democrats say they’re proud of the $36.4 […]

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Colorado lawmakers pledge $100 million for child care

With just over a year until Colorado begins providing free preschool to 4-year-olds statewide, state lawmakers want to inject $100 million into efforts to beef up the early childhood workforce and create more slots for young children. During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, a group of lawmakers announced the legislation, which would be funded with federal […]

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Democrats on Colorado Board of Education want LGBTQ issues kept in social studies standards

Three Democrats on the Colorado State Board of Education won’t vote for a long-awaited update to state social studies standards if LGBTQ people are excluded, they said at a Tuesday meeting. The seven-member State Board plans to take until the end of the year to finalize the update after the board has been inundated with […]

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A rideshare company is transporting Colorado at-risk students. What rules should apply?

HopSkipDrive provided the solution when Jerene Petersen was struggling to find rides for foster youth who had been placed in homes far from their regular schools. At the time, she was the deputy executive director for the Colorado Department of Human Services. She knew that getting students back to their home schools would increase their chances […]

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Colorado charter schools seek more authority over special education

Colorado charter schools serve far fewer students with disabilities than district-run schools do. The gap means those students don’t have access to the same educational opportunities as their peers, and school districts end up serving a larger share of students who require expensive services. Colorado charter leaders say they’re willing and able to do better […]

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Wanted: Retired teachers to return to Colorado classrooms

More retired school employees could go back to work without jeopardizing their pensions under two bills that passed the Colorado House. The bills are an effort to address widespread staffing shortages that are particularly acute in rural areas. House Bill 1101 expands and makes permanent a program begun in 2017. It allows classroom teachers, aides, bus […]

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Ballot measure would steer part of TABOR tax refunds to Colorado schools

Colorado voters could be asked to forgo a portion of expected tax refunds in order to steer more money to the state’s schools. Advocates filed paperwork Thursday to place an initiative on the November ballot that could generate somewhere between $820 million and $1.1 billion for K-12 schools without raising taxes. It would be the […]

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More students attend Colorado charter schools, but access still isn’t equal

More Colorado students than ever are enrolled in charter schools, and those students posted higher test scores than those of students in district-run schools during a pandemic-disrupted school year. At the same time, Colorado charter schools continue to enroll students with disabilities at some of the lowest rates in the nation, and many parents don’t […]