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Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat

Bureau Chief — Chalkbeat Colorado

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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