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Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat

Reporter — Chalkbeat Colorado

Democrats to keep majority on Colorado State Board of Education

Three of the seven seats for State Board of Education were up for grabs, and only one of them featured an incumbent

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Aurora working group presents draft plan to recruit and retain more teachers of color

This year, about 20% of Aurora's licensed staff members are employees of color — while 85% of the district's students are of color

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Colorado school districts have to track attendance this year. Here’s what you need to know.

Colorado officials want to balance holding districts accountable for educating students and acknowledging that this school year isn’t exactly normal.

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Figuring out school buses is just as complicated as reopening Colorado classrooms

Guidelines to limit the spread of COVID cut the number of students permitted on buses by two-thirds

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Aurora school board struggling with who will decide when it’s safe to start in-person learning, and how

Aurora board members said they worry that public health guidance is being influenced by political and economic pressures

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What is a cohort and how will it help Colorado schools keep students safe?

“It really is one of the most important tools we have,” said Therese Pilonetti, the institutions unit manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Aurora students will learn virtually for their first quarter this fall

Board member Nichelle Ortiz said board members have heard from principals who feel they aren’t ready, as well as from a number of other school staff

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Classrooms will be risky. Virtual learning falls short. How are Colorado parents choosing?

Colorado school districts have been releasing plans, but have asked for patience as they keep working out some details

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Jeffco Public Schools will allow all students to return to school buildings this fall

The district will also have a remote option for any students who want to keep learning from home

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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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“It was so special”: Colorado high schools host creative graduations during the pandemic

Graduation comes at a tenuous time in the public battle to slow the spread of the coronavirus

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A 16-year-old Denver high school student known for her smile has died from coronavirus

Jaqueline Paisano, who everyone knew as Jackie, died of COVID-19 complications Monday night. She would have been 17 next month.

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This Aurora school held a virtual pep rally to keep its school culture alive during coronavirus

Now that school buildings have been closed for the rest of the school year in Aurora, Paris Elementary leaders are trying to bring back some of that feeling

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Here’s how to stay informed about what your Colorado school board is doing amid coronavirus

Several school boards in Colorado already had a way to livestream and post recordings of their meetings online, but even those processes are being adjusted to allow for school board members and the public to participate remotely.

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Colorado schools, universities to get $300 million from federal relief package

School districts may also receive some of the about $3 billion set aside for governors to give to school districts that have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus

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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.

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Amid coronavirus fears, the CDC told schools to plan for remote learning. That’s harder than it sounds.

Several challenges stand in the way besides the cost of new software or infrastructure

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Colorado school districts to work with local health departments amid coronavirus threat

In general, districts plan to keep schools open unless public health authorities tell them to close

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Colorado education board orders HOPE Online to close its elementary operations following low performance

The board vote was 5 to 2. It’s the first time under the current accountability system, in place since 2009, that the State Board has ordered a school closed against its wishes.

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More Colorado students are graduating from high school, even if it takes more time

Statewide, Colorado’s 81.1% graduation rate still leaves the state below the national average

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