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Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

New Colorado teachers eligible for loan forgiveness, student teaching stipends

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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.

Politics and Government

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

Education

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

Education

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

Coronavirus

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

Education

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.

Politics and Government

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

Education

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

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