Bureau Chief — Chalkbeat Colorado
Colorado school funding measure won’t be on November ballot after supporters fail to gather enough signatures
Tracie Rainey of the Colorado School Finance Project said the failure was particularly frustrating because the measure had polled well
Tentative Jefferson County teacher pay deal sets starting salary at $50,000￼
Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Education Association reached the agreement late Wednesday, two weeks before the start of the school year
Two new seats, high stakes in Colorado State Board of Education election
The addition of two seats due to Colorado’s growing population introduces new dynamics into the election
Colorado’s teacher evaluation system is set to change. Here’s how.
Starting with the 2023-24 school year, students’ standardized test scores will play a smaller role in teachers’ ratings
44% of Colorado voters think schools are on the wrong track, poll reveals
28% said they thought schools were on the right track, while 28% said they didn't know or didn't have an opinion
Colorado voters to decide to limit tax exemptions to fund free school lunch expansion
Lawmakers have sent a measure to the voters that would bring in an additional $101 million a year by limiting tax deductions for high-income earners
Fully fund K-12 schools? Colorado lawmakers say maybe next year.
Higher state spending is only sustainable, Democrats in the Colorado legislature said, if local property taxes rise enough to take over some of the burden in future years
Colorado lawmakers pledge $100 million for child care
The money would go toward several existing grant programs, including one to help child care providers with operational costs and another to help new providers open and existing providers expand
Democrats on Colorado Board of Education want LGBTQ issues kept in social studies standards
The seven-member State Board plans to take until the end of the year to finalize the curriculum update
Colorado charter schools seek more authority over special education
House Bill 1294, which received unanimous bipartisan support Thursday in the House Education Committee, is a top priority for the Colorado League of Charter Schools
Wanted: Retired teachers to return to Colorado classrooms
House Bill 1101 expands and makes permanent a program begun in 2017. It would allow classroom teachers, aides, bus drivers, food service workers, and nurses to go back to work for up to six years while still receiving their full pension benefits.
Ballot measure would steer part of TABOR tax refunds to Colorado schools
Colorado voters have consistently voted against statewide education funding measures, rejecting new taxes and holding onto their ability to get tax refunds when the economy is strong
More students attend Colorado charter schools, but access still isn’t equal
Colorado charter schools continue to enroll students with disabilities at some of the lowest rates in the nation
Most Colorado school districts ditch mask mandates
The change mirrors decisions in previously COVID-cautious blue states like New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Oregon that have also dropped school mask requirements
Colorado’s teacher evaluation system could see big changes
Senate Bill 70 would reduce the weight given to measures of student academic growth from 50% to 30% of an educators’ evaluation
Colorado school board races are big-money affairs. A new bill seeks to rein in donors through campaign finance limits.
Contributions to Colorado school board candidates could be limited to $2,500 from individual donors, if a bill in the House becomes law.
Colorado schools bend but don’t break under omicron surge
January’s massive COVID surge has tested pandemic-weary teachers, students, and families in new ways, with half-empty classrooms, missing teachers, and abrupt temporary switches to remote learning, often for just a number of days
Colorado schools brace for staffing shortages as they return from holiday break amid record COVID surge
On Monday, at least three Denver schools — Northfield High School, Lake Middle School and Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School — had announced temporary shifts to remote learning this week as staff members called in sick