Colorado is still one of 10 states that don’t require CPR training for public high schools and the new law doesn’t fund the effort.
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Colorado Democrats want to ax social studies from state standardized tests. Here’s why.
A bill introduced last week would end state testing for fourth and seventh graders, and save the state more than $1 million per year
How can Colorado attract more teachers of color? New report doubles down on need for better pay, mentorship.
The report, authored by a workgroup that lawmakers tasked with exploring teacher diversity, doesn’t unveil any new ideas but hits on strategies long known to be effective.
Rural Colorado school administrators investigated sexting between students. Now they’re charged in a child porn case.
After a Safe2Tell tip came in, two administrators saved images on a secure school server in Brush. Cops and the DA say it violated porn possession laws.
Colorado teacher prep programs saw an “exodus” when COVID hit — another test for school districts facing shortages
While teaching English to Greeley elementary school students who were just starting to learn the language, Ricardo Lopez would often hear his father’s struggles in their voices. “You don’t want to see them struggle like you see someone so close to you struggle trying to communicate,” said Lopez, whose dad immigrated to the United States […]
Declining birth rates, coupled with COVID disruptions, are driving down enrollment in Colorado public schools
Student enrollment has continued declining across Colorado public schools, with the state counting about 1,200 fewer students in kindergarten through 12th grade this fall than last year, when enrollment in preschool through high school plunged by about 30,000 students. State officials largely attributed last year’s enrollment slump — which was the first of its kind […]
Colorado is lowering teacher qualifications amid staff shortage a year before expanding preschool access
Tens of thousands of Colorado children will be eligible to enroll in the state’s expanded preschool program come fall of 2023, but as an educator shortage has swelled to “crisis” levels, pressure is mounting to find enough teachers to staff classrooms. One solution the state implemented in December: lowering the bar on credentials to become […]
Colorado’s graduation rates fell last year. The drop was worse among students of color.
Colorado’s high school graduation rate fell for the first time in more than a decade in 2021, according to the Colorado Department of Education. A total of 81.7% of the class of 2021 graduated last spring, down from 81.9% of the class of 2020. The data shows wide graduation rate discrepancies between races and economic […]
Down 12 teachers, an Alamosa school drafted everyone they could to teach — including the principal
With 12 Ortega Middle School teachers scheduled to be out Friday, administrators of the Alamosa School District suddenly had to weigh their last-resort option: closing school. Assistant Superintendent Luis Murillo and his team “briefly” considered the idea, but instead scrambled to find staff to help cover classrooms, drafting Alamosa Online School employees — including the […]
Rural Colorado students sue to block law demanding 26 schools shed their Native American mascots
A lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court challenges the constitutionality of a new Colorado law requiring public schools to get rid of Native American mascots, logos and imagery by next summer or face massive fines. In its opening salvo, the lawsuit suggests that a law that similarly forbade the use of the name […]