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Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat

Bureau Chief — Chalkbeat Colorado

Most Colorado students now attend schools in districts that have mask mandates

At least 78% of Colorado students in preschool through 12th grade now attend school under a mask mandate

Education

New guidance urges Colorado school districts to require masks, but governor sees no need for state mandate

Jared Polis' remarks are in keeping with the local control approach the state has adopted this school year.

Education

Colorado offers gift cards to students who sign up for COVID testing

Students will be eligible for a $25 gift card for the first test and $10 for each subsequent test.

Education

Colorado’s standardized test scores are in. But did your kid even take the test?

One thing is clear: Many students struggled academically last year.

Education

Weekly testing could limit COVID’s spread in Colorado schools, state officials say as cases among kids surge

Cases among children ages 6 to 11, who are too young to be vaccinated, started increasing in July. Since mid-August, when students returned to school, cases in the age group have risen sharply.

Coronavirus

Colorado Board of Education demands answers in Adams 14 rift with outside manager

While the outside operator pointed to a track record of improvement, a consultant hired by the new superintendent of the suburban Denver school district called the partnership “totally ineffective” and recommended it end

Education

Colorado voters split along party lines on mask and vaccine mandates in schools

Parents as a whole were almost evenly split on whether masks should be required in schools, a new poll finds

Education

A Colorado Springs school district says it won’t report COVID cases even though Colorado law requires it

The school district said the risks of quarantine outweigh the risk of disease

Education

Masks will be required in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas county schools for those under 12

Should any of those individual counties opt out of the requirement, it would be up to school districts to decide whether to follow the order

Education

Adopting CDC guidance, Colorado recommends everyone wear masks in school settings

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its updated school guidance late Friday evening, three days after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their own recommendations

Coronavirus

More than half of aspiring Colorado elementary teachers fail their licensure exam on the first try. Many don’t try again.

New teachers pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket to take these exams, so there is a lot at stake

Education

Colorado’s new COVID guidance for schools: Masks not required, quarantine rules relaxed

Some Colorado school districts have already announced they won’t require masks next year, while in others, officials said they were weighing their options and waiting for state guidance

Education

Should Colorado students wear masks in school next academic year? Most districts are still weighing their options.

School officials in many communities face competing pressures between public health guidance, parents who want a more “normal” school year for their children, and other parents who want to see COVID precautions remain in place

Coronavirus

Tay Anderson to resume Denver school board duties before investigation ends

Anderson said his return to work is “effective immediately,” though board meetings do not resume until August

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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

News

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

Education

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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