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6 takeaways from a $1.5 million evaluation of Colorado’s reading law

Lawmakers commissioned the multiyear evaluation in 2019 amid growing concern that efforts driven by the READ Act had done little to boost reading scores among Colorado students. They earmarked up to $750,000 a year for the outside review.s

Education

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.

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.

Education

Should Colorado students wear masks in school next academic year? Most districts are still weighing their options.

School officials in many communities face competing pressures between public health guidance, parents who want a more “normal” school year for their children, and other parents who want to see COVID precautions remain in place

Coronavirus

Tay Anderson to resume Denver school board duties before investigation ends

Anderson said his return to work is “effective immediately,” though board meetings do not resume until August

Education

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.

Education

Opinion: Medical professionals agree we should protect students’ health this fall. We don’t agree on how.

Life is not risk free, and we need to start considering the harms that we are perpetrating on our children in our public health quest to make our schools a zero-risk environment.

Opinion Columns

Denver charter network banks on intensive summer tutoring to help students catch up post COVID

“If you’re in fifth grade and you haven’t been back in school since March of third [grade], we have a narrow window of time to make sure you’re equipped for middle school"

Education

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

Education

Carman: Fourth of July is a chance to finally face some not-so-self-evident truths

It's past time to confront uncomfortable truths about slavery and the lack of Black history in school curriculum

Opinion Columns

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

Education

“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.

Education

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.

Education

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.

Education

Adams 14 will have no online option for elementary students next year and limited online spots for older kids

The north metro Denver district is an outlier. But officials say elementary school students who studied online fell behind their in-person peers in reading and math.

News

Opinion: Education has an ally in Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden’s pick to lead Bureau of Land Management

She is an experienced leader who understands that updating our nation’s oil and gas leasing practices is needed to support a brighter future for public education across America.

Opinion Columns

Democrats pursued a no-policy-left-behind mantra for Colorado’s 2021 legislative session

Much of Democrats’ policy agenda was heavily amended, but it passed with very limited exceptions. “I think we’ve hit our stride,” said Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, a Boulder Democrat.

Politics and Government

Opinion: It’s time for Colorado’s teachers to “know better” about the science of reading

I am energized that the State Board of Education will consider a recommendation to help ensure that future educators are prepared to teach reading using scientifically based approaches.

Opinion Columns

Colorado may shift to a more in-depth reading exam for some new teachers

Around 20 states already require teacher candidates to take in-depth exams on reading instruction

Education

“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.

Education
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