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UNC program prepares students with intellectual, developmental disabilities for competitive jobs

Students are integrated into classes, dorms, jobs and community life at the University of Northern Colorado. “Let them show you what they can do,” one educator says.


Colorado lawmakers advance effort to maintain school funding despite enrollment declines

Democrats at the state Capitol said they would maintain school funding in recognition that schools have incurred additional costs to educate students in a pandemic and on the premise that some students who sat out the fall could return to their home district


Colorado AG leads push to use federal internet discounts to help students get online at home — not just at school

The E-rate effort comes nearly five years after the Boulder Valley School District first petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for the exact same thing to close the homework gap


Colorado lawmaker pushing ahead with effort to suspend state testing despite federal requirement

Bill sponsor Sen. Rachel Zenzinger says the ruling will allow Colorado to customize its waiver request "to show we can provide what they want, which is actionable data to target support to students.”


Should every Colorado kid get a mental health exam after enduring coronavirus? It won’t be easy.

Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat, isn’t sure how to accomplish the logistics, but she thinks her idea is a matter of school safety and statewide health


As Colorado legislature reconvenes, leaders pledge funds for K-12, higher education

Lawmakers plan to triage pandemic problems and hope to get back on track after a tumultuous 2020. For education, that means replacing money cut to balance the budget last year.


Colorado school districts look toward summer to help their students make up for coronavirus learning loss

A group of Colorado school districts and educators is calling for summer planning to start now, with a community-wide approach across the state


Colorado school finance bill would spare districts from impact of enrollment declines

The Joint Budget Committee OK'd an education finance bill that send an extra $60 million to districts that saw large enrollment declines or a decrease in the number of students living in poverty. Rural districts will share another $25 million from the new nicotine tax.


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

The Colorado Sun’s Capitol Sunlight project will help you make sense of the budget and how money is spent.

Politics and Government

Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online.

Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution.


Opinion: To avoid lasting harm to our kids, let’s reopen classrooms and offer more educational choice

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmakers promise enrollment drop won’t hurt school funding

Colorado school districts reported a 3.3% overall enrollment decline this year, as well as decreases in the number of students eligible for subsidized lunches, a measure of poverty. Both numbers influence school funding.


Facing “seismic shift” this year, Colorado educators pioneer through permanent changes to schooling

Colorado schools are trying to embrace technology’s leading role during the pandemic while also trying to create a level playing field


As advocates tout preschool benefits, Colorado voters face question about funding it with tobacco tax hike

Proposition EE funds a universal preschool program by 2023, but critics suggest there’s no guarantee lawmakers will spend the money as designed


Colorado 2020 election: A quick guide to the ballot questions on abortion, wolves, taxes, sick leave and more

The 11 statewide policy questions on the 2020 election ballot carry far-reaching implications for social and fiscal future of Colorado

Election 2020

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

The start of school has been chaotic for districts amid the coronavirus crisis. Educators fear that without more support, students will be left behind.


Here’s how Colorado’s October student count will change to preserve school-district funding

A district’s student count factors into how much state funding it’s given. As in past years, the state will offer a financial safety net to districts that lose students.


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

Gov. Jared Polis, education advocates and some state lawmakers anticipate a spike in families utilizing Colorado’s open-enrollment process, which allows them to join any school district throughout the state


These Colorado school districts are welcoming students back for in-person learning this fall. Here’s why they feel it’s safe.

District leaders are weighing health risks against students’ learning and mental health needs. Some will open school buildings in a few weeks.


Wealthy Colorado parents are hiring teachers for private learning pods, leaving low-income students behind

As school plans change and some districts opt for remote learning, deep-pocketed parents are shelling out big sums so they get back to work with peace of mind. Those who can’t afford to do so risk their kids’ ability to stay on track.

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