What should Colorado’s new Department of Early Childhood look like? Leaders want parent, teacher say.
With three months to figure out the department’s structure, the state wants to know how to improve preschool services and financial aid for families.
Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts
Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention
One of Colorado’s poorest school districts gave its superintendent a 17% raise after losing $1M-plus in state funding
The $30K pay bump prompted the board president to resign and has the local teachers union asking questions after a battle over teacher pay.
Billionaire Phil Anschutz and his wife are suing Colorado for a tax refund. How much they want is a secret.
Anschutz and his wife, Nancy, claim that changes in the federal tax code made through the CARES Act entitle them to lower taxes in previous years
Colorado Olympian Annie Kunz overcame a pandemic training psych-out to set her sights on Tokyo gold
The Wheat Ridge product fought disappointment on the way to finding the right approach to drive her bid for heptathlon glory at the Olympics
Free meals, flexible schedules: Colorado kids on where federal stimulus money for schools should go
The state listened to a dozen students talk about their pandemic-challenged school year and how Colorado could make next year better.
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
A romp in the mud after a messy school year can be just what Colorado preschoolers need for their mental health
Early childhood caregivers are tending to preschoolers’ mental health, citing its connection to learning after a year of pandemic disruptions
“Everything is still the same”: A year after protests, young Coloradans don’t think anyone is listening anymore
Much of the momentum behind last summer’s Black Lives Matter movement has died down, leaving students to wonder how much longer they’ll have to fight for change.
Colorado education groups split over proposal to raise marijuana taxes to boost out-of-school learning
Colorado’s top teachers union withdrew its support for Initiative 25. Some say it’s a voucher program, despite broad backing.
How Colorado counts kids eligible for subsidized lunch is a recipe for school budget disaster
As lawmakers sit down to reform the state’s school finance formula, they’re worried using help with meals as an indicator of poverty will cause districts to lose money dedicated for “at-risk” students.
“Finding out that we are all human”: COVID-19 brought Colorado teachers back to the basics of connecting with kids
Teachers learned lessons of their own during the pandemic. They’ll return next year with new ways to educate and a focus on relationships.
Is remote learning here to stay? Many, but not all, Colorado schools will offer online classes this fall.
More than 700 Jeffco Public Schools students are enrolled in the district’s new online program for next year, while some rural schools are prioritizing in-person learning.
A rural Colorado high school’s aerospace class is paving the runway for a new generation of pilots
Calhan Public High School students recently took a field trip 1,000 feet above the ground, escorted by pilots wanting to open their eyes to a career in aviation.
Many Colorado families struggle to afford pricey summer camps. A nonprofit is footing the bill for hundreds.
ReSchool Colorado will connect nearly 800 kids to summer learning and fun, helping them overcome an opportunity gap that extends from the school year into summer.
Colorado’s teacher shortage may worsen coming out of the pandemic. Could $13M stop the trend?
A bipartisan bill seeks to build up the future workforce with middle and high schoolers, veterans and mid-career professionals and keep them in classrooms long term.
Universal free lunch will help Colorado districts keep feeding kids. But could it also rob some schools of state funding?
The USDA has extended universal free meals through the next school year. Some districts worry it could result in fewer state dollars they need for vulnerable students.
Colorado summer camps are gearing up for a full season of swimming, sightseeing — and sanitizing
Camps will make a big return this summer, with parents and kids alike eager for more carefree days. Many camps, catering to fewer kids, have already hit capacity.
Asian American students in Colorado say they are done being quiet about racism
Five students spoke to The Colorado Sun about enduring racism their whole lives. A rise in anti-Asian hate crimes during the coronavirus has intensified their outrage.
Colorado wants to help kids move past coronavirus learning challenges. But funding is a big hurdle.
A bipartisan bill seeks to meet the costs of intensive tutoring across districts. Lawmakers say they’ll need more funds from the Colorado Department of Education.