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Colorado teachers are working twice — sometimes three times — as hard when their students learn both in person and online

Rhiannon Wenning’s school days have grown longer with the pandemic, and in her 20 years of teaching, she’s never worked as hard. Her usual 50-hour work weeks have notched up to between 60 and 70 hours. Recently, the Jefferson Junior/Senior High School social studies teacher clocked an 80-hour week, committing at least 16 hours to […]

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Colorado pediatricians, educators to Gov. Jared Polis: Act now to protect in-person school

Colorado’s pediatricians and educators are urging Gov. Jared Polis to take stronger action to slow the spread of the coronavirus in order to preserve the possibility of students attending school in person. “As community spread increases, in-person school will be less and less feasible if concerted efforts are not made to prioritize classrooms across our […]

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“At a breaking point”: Colorado schools plead for help as stress of pandemic teaching piles up

Barely a month into the school year, many Colorado teachers are at a breaking point as they try to balance new responsibilities like temperature checks, juggle classes of students both in person and online and manage dozens of kids over a screen.  The stress levels have gotten so high for some teachers that they’ve called […]

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Thousands of kids in Colorado’s largest school districts didn’t show up for spring remote learning. The race is on to find them.

Colorado’s largest schools lost contact with thousands of students during spring remote learning prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Colorado Sun survey of the state’s largest districts, and are now rewriting attendance protocols and scrambling to acquire technology to make sure it doesn’t happen again.   Districts fell out of touch with students’ families […]

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Colorado’s kindergarten landscape will even out, with benefits flowing to state’s wealthiest, poorest families

A decade ago, when Colorado officials surveyed school districts about then-Gov. Bill Ritter’s big idea to put full-day kindergarten in every school, support wasn’t unanimous. School administrators in Telluride, one of the state’s wealthier resort towns, were dismissive of the full-day kindergarten priority from the governor back then, according to the survey conducted by the […]