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Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat

Bureau Chief — Chalkbeat Colorado

Denver school board confirms Alex Marrero as next superintendent

Marrero will start July 6, taking the helm of Colorado’s largest school district as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic

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Colorado’s education pie just got bigger. Now lawmakers want to give a larger slice to higher-needs students.

House Bill 1325 would expand the definition of children living in poverty and qualifying for additional funding and, for the first time, give districts more money for every English language learner enrolled in their schools

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Tay Anderson says Denver superintendent vote will be his last until at least August

“I intend to vote for the superintendent and that will be my last vote until the next school board year begins in August, if the investigation has concluded,” Anderson said

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Bernie Sanders rally Feb. 16, 2020

Latino community coalition calls for delay in Denver schools superintendent vote

The Denver school board announced last week that Alexa Marrero, most recently the interim superintendent in New Rochelle, New York, was its choice to serve as the Denver district’s next superintendent

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Tay Anderson will step away from Denver Public Schools board duties during sexual misconduct investigation

Anderson announced his decision two days after the school board announced it was aware of new allegations against him

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Effort to expand Colorado districts’ power to reject charter schools is voted down

Two Democrats on the House Education Committee joined three Republicans in voting down House Bill 1295 in a 5-4 vote

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How Colorado schools are helping teenagers — and their families — get the COVID vaccine

In the final weeks of a disrupted school year, some districts are partnering with health care providers and community groups to run clinics especially for students

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Colorado education interests spend millions on lobbying. Most of it goes toward retaining, gaining funding.

Colleges and universities are among top individual spenders, but K-12 groups spend more overall

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Colorado school board members could get paid under bill heading to the governor

The bill does not require school districts to pay board members.

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Biden administration gives Colorado a break from pushing change in low-performing schools

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Colorado lawmaker may allow school districts, universities to name just one finalist for their top job

House Bill 1051 would repeal a portion of public records law that says if three or fewer applicants meet the minimum qualifications for a job, all of them should be considered finalists

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A job or a civic duty? Colorado weighs paying school board members

Even the members of the state Board of Education are uncompensated for their work

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A job or a civic duty? Colorado weighs paying school board members

House Bill 1055 would allow school board members to be compensated for their service for the first time

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Tay Anderson says he welcomes “full investigation” as more sexual misconduct allegations surface

The allegations have caused an uproar on social media and divided people in the progressive, activist, and teachers union circles from which Tay Anderson draws support

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Black Lives Matter group says Tay Anderson sexually assaulted a woman. He denies it.

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Millions more for Colorado K-12 schools? Lawmakers seek court opinion first.

Current Colorado lawmakers want to slowly increase local school district property taxes without a vote. They say it doesn't violate the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights because a generation ago voters agreed to higher rates and state officials improperly lowered them.

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Colorado districts prepare for CMAS testing amid uncertainty about federal waiver

At least one Colorado district would have to reorganize cohorts into grade-level groups to take the federal assessment. Thousands of students opting for online learning in other districts would have to enter school buildings again.

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Colorado lawmakers advance effort to maintain school funding despite enrollment declines

Democrats at the state Capitol said they would maintain school funding in recognition that schools have incurred additional costs to educate students in a pandemic and on the premise that some students who sat out the fall could return to their home district

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Colorado lawmaker pushing ahead with effort to suspend state testing despite federal requirement

Bill sponsor Sen. Rachel Zenzinger says the ruling will allow Colorado to customize its waiver request "to show we can provide what they want, which is actionable data to target support to students.”

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Colorado school finance bill would spare districts from impact of enrollment declines

The Joint Budget Committee OK'd an education finance bill that send an extra $60 million to districts that saw large enrollment declines or a decrease in the number of students living in poverty. Rural districts will share another $25 million from the new nicotine tax.

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