Proposition 119: Colorado voters will decide whether to raise marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning
Supporters say it will help close the achievement gap while opponents see it as a slippery slope toward privatizing education
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Colorado’s 2022 budget boosts K-12 spending, reverses higher ed cuts
School districts would receive about 10% more per pupil from the state. Budget writers also OK a 7% tuition hike at the University of Northern Colorado, and 3% at other colleges
Millions more for Colorado K-12 schools? Lawmakers seek court opinion first.
Current Colorado lawmakers want to slowly increase local school district property taxes without a vote. They say it doesn't violate the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights because a generation ago voters agreed to higher rates and state officials improperly lowered them.
Opinion: As Colorado’s teachers reach a breaking point, we must better fund our schools
Equity and inclusion starts with a well funded public education with happy teachers who are compensated fairly.
Gov. Jared Polis signs bill maintaining school funding amid pandemic challenges
The legislation approved ensures Colorado school districts will receive the money they originally expected for the 2020-21 school year despite about 30,000 fewer students showing up, a 3.3% decline in enrollment. The law also sends millions to rural school districts to meet the unique needs of small and isolated schools.
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.
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