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Opinion: Student engagement, relevance should be Colorado’s benchmark for school funding — including learning outside classroom walls

The traditional high school model is not meeting all of our students’ needs. Rather than ask students to sit in classes for eight hours a day, we should expand learning opportunities to build authentic and engaging experiences that will help them thrive after high school.  Shifting the culture in our schools from compliance-driven learning to […]

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Chaos and compromise: Colorado’s coronavirus legislative session ends with a flurry of big bills

The Colorado Capitol was mostly empty as the state legislature took a two-month coronavirus pause this spring. The work, though, didn’t actually stop. Behind the scenes, mostly via video calls on Zoom, lawmakers were figuring out how to deal with a host of new issues related to the pandemic, chief among them: how to balance […]

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Most Colorado public school teachers are white, but almost half of their students are not. Can the state close the gap?

Colorado’s teacher shortage is felt in school districts across the state, but the shortage of minority teachers is particularly severe — to the extent that many students may not have a single teacher of color in elementary, middle or high school. During the last school year, a third of Colorado’s school districts did not have […]