Articles By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat

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Lisa Escárcega wins primary for Colorado State Board of Education seat

As of midnight Tuesday, Escárcega had 72% of the vote to Donna Morganstern’s 28%.

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The big tax change in Colorado’s school finance act, explained

To head off a deepening crisis and address longstanding problems in school funding, Colorado lawmakers are trying to find a way to reset school district property taxes around the state

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Colorado school districts fear coronavirus relief money won’t make up for budget cuts

Gov. Jared Polis has said repeatedly that he intends to give districts as much flexibility as possible, but federal rules deem that it be used by the end of the calendar year for purposes related to COVID response

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Colorado begins education cuts: teacher loan forgiveness, mentor grants, scholarships

Most of the identified $2.8 million in education cuts are to new programs that were not fully implemented yet or relate to activities that schools aren’t doing because they closed to in-person instruction in March

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All Colorado schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year

The governor’s office announced the extended closure hours after Gov. Jared Polis held a news conference describing a phased approach that would allow many non-essential retail businesses, manufacturing plants, offices, and service providers to re-open

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Colorado teachers union: Pay everyone through school year, negotiate remote learning and halt evictions

The Colorado Education Association delivered a petition to Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed by more than 3,000 members

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Colorado school districts won’t be required to conduct teacher evaluations this year

Many school districts have said they’re still considering their options or waiting on guidance from state education officials

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Colorado drops school-day minimums, won’t make districts recoup time lost to coronavirus shutdown

Districts across the state are grappling with how to handle online instruction. Colorado Department of Education says keeping kids learning is more important than worrying about meeting traditional metrics, like hitting 160 days of instruction.