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Colorado plans to dramatically expand COVID-19 testing in schools next year, even as restrictions go away

The state is looking for companies to operate a massive testing program backed by $173M in federal funding

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Fraught Douglas County School Board meeting follows federal judge’s ruling on masks

The meeting came hours after a federal judge temporarily blocked an order from Douglas County's new board of health that allowed people to opt out of the school district's rule that everyone wear masks

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Douglas County mask-rule exemption

U.S. District Judge John Kane ordered the newly-formed Douglas County Health Department not to enforce the public health order for at least 14 days

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Union-backed candidates in Jeffco are outspending school board competitors

Jeffco Public Schools is the second largest school district in Colorado, serving about 80,000 students. Three of its five school board seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 2 election.

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Aurora and Denver school boards discuss pay for board members

In Colorado, school board members serve as volunteers, and have not been allowed to be compensated for their time. But a law passed in April changed that.

Politics and Government

Students at Denver high school targeted by racist, antisemitic graffiti try to rally forward

On what was meant to be a light-hearted pajama day, George Washington High School students grappled with fallout from swastikas, racist epithets and hateful rhetoric scrawled on campus over the weekend.

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Douglas County School District sues its new county health department over masks

The lawsuit asks the courts to block enforcement of the county's health order, which also limits quarantines for people exposed to COVID-19

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What exactly is Colorado’s new early childhood department? We’ve got answers.

The department will oversee the launch of Colorado’s universal preschool program in 2023 and replace the state’s Office of Early Childhood

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Colorado is still struggling to attract kids to its school COVID testing program

As the number of students tested under the state program (slowly) grows, so does the number of kids testing positive for the virus

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Two Denver schools targeted with “messages of hate,” vandalism

A vandal or vandals smashed a window and cut electricity at a Jewish private school and covered the walls of a public high school with racist and antisemitic graffiti

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Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money

Coronavirus measures, teaching on race motivate national groups, wealthy individuals and both Republican and Democratic parties to get involved in local races across the state

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Colorado kids are floundering in math, a “crisis” that may add up to trouble for tomorrow’s workforce

Standardized test results show students have fallen behind further in math than literacy amid the pandemic. The decline means the state’s labor force may lack required skills.

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Desperate phone calls and long waitlists as Colorado parents struggle to find child care

Groups that help Colorado families find child care say the pandemic has made things harder than ever

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In the San Luis Valley, a small town is using civic engagement to improve lives

A program that teaches participants the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed has graduated people into leadership and entrepreneurial roles throughout the valley.

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Navy nuclear engineer, wife who allegedly tried to pass submarine secrets worked as high school teachers in Colorado

Jonathan Toebbe taught physics at the Kent Denver School in Cherry Hills Village from 2005 to 2008. His wife, Diana, also taught science at the school

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Local school boards — from Colorado to Ohio — emerge as hot races in November election

Parental protests over COVID-19-related mask mandates, gender-neutral bathrooms, and teachings about racial history, sexuality and social-emotional learning are being leveraged into full-fledged board takeover campaigns

Politics and Government

Colorado schools fought to retain teachers during COVID. The struggle isn’t over.

The state actually retained more teachers during the 2020-2021 academic year than in the past, but officials fear more teachers will exit the field as the pandemic drags on.

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Proposition 119: Colorado voters will decide whether to raise marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning

Supporters say it will help close the achievement gap while opponents see it as a slippery slope toward privatizing education

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Special ed questions on Colorado charter school applications violate federal law, complaints allege

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Teacher pay in rural Colorado would be set at a minimum of $40,000 under a new proposal. Will the legislature support it?

Altogether, the bill could benefit 6,000 teachers and cost the state an estimated $35 million a year to supplement salaries

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With accreditation at stake, Adams 14 school district and its external manager remain at odds

The state asked for written proof in the form of a joint report that Adams 14 and MGT, its private managers, would resume cooperation

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