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How Colorado counts kids eligible for subsidized lunch is a recipe for school budget disaster

As the pandemic closed schools and businesses and put livelihoods on the line last year, Colorado state lawmakers predicted many more students would fall into poverty — about 51,000 more. But the state counted about 3,000 fewer students living in poverty — also known as at-risk students — than the number tallied during the 2019-20 […]

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Colorado teacher salaries rank well below the national average. The recession is likely to keep them there.

When Jan Vigil bought a used truck from his brother-in-law about seven years ago, it had already seen 170,000 miles of road. His odometer now reads 229,000 miles. The Center High School history teacher, 33, purchased the vehicle because it was affordable. He and his wife, who teaches English at Sangre De Cristo High School […]

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Colorado’s state budget drives decisions that affect us all, but it’s long and complicated. We’re here to help.

Schools, roads, parks. The cost of college and health care. How much you pay in taxes. No matter what issue you care about in Colorado, chances are the state budget plays a large role in its fate. The good news: following the budget process from home is easier than ever thanks to live-streamed government meetings […]

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Colorado students may shuffle school districts during coronavirus, leaving a financial mess in their wake

When Centennial School District R-1 resumes classes on Wednesday, the student population will have plummeted from where it was a year ago. The number of children enrolled in the San Luis Valley district was 122 as of Monday, down from 191 at the start of the last academic year.  The 36% decrease is preliminary, Superintendent […]