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Colorado agrees to fully fund emerging online learning programs, but the state wants proof they are succeeding

To give schools room to experiment, the State Board of Education passed new rules this summer that give Colorado districts full funding this year and next for students enrolled in any type of online program. In exchange, districts must share data showing that those students are actually learning. Members of the State Board acknowledge they’re […]

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

By Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat Colorado Citing costs and logistical problems, and after seeing the slow student progress online learners made compared with their peers, Adams 14 officials will limit remote learning next year. Elementary students all will have to return to full-time in-person learning.  Students in middle and high school may sign up for one […]

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“Not waiting until summer”: Adams 14 leaders try to get ninth graders back on track after more than half fail two or more classes

Across the country, most students struggled with remote learning, but among high school freshmen in the Adams 14 district, more than half failed two or more of their classes last fall.  “Once they fail a class, they fall behind for four years,” said Ron Peterson, the high school turnaround specialist for MGT Consulting, the management […]

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Colorado pours $2M into internet access for families while partnering with providers like T-Mobile to expand broadband

Colorado will invest $2 million in federal coronavirus relief funds in school districts trying to make sure all of their students have a reliable internet connection while learning at home.  Districts will be able to use the money to purchase hot-spots for families who live in areas where broadband service isn’t readily available or to […]

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With Colorado schools resuming classes amid coronavirus, the outdoors provides a safe place to learn

Whenever Kimbal Musk visits an elementary school to talk to kids about their school garden, he usually winds up introducing at least one of them to a cherry tomato. “Never is there a time when at least one of the kids (doesn’t say), ‘What is that?’ And I have to say, ‘This is a cherry […]

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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 […]

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As Colorado struggles to balance school with coronavirus, two kids see an opportunity to help

While school boards across Colorado have wrestled with the complex question of how to welcome back students with measures that would both ensure safety while also delivering quality education, a pair of siblings in Douglas County wondered if maybe even kids could add some talents to the toolbox. In a time of no great back-to-school […]

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Online classes aren’t going anywhere, but thousands of Colorado students still don’t have internet access

Laura Martinez’s home sits on a two-block stretch of Commerce City where cell phone service doesn’t exist. Anyone in her community who doesn’t have access to the internet can’t make a phone call. “That’s how important internet is,” said Martinez, a mother of three. The urban technological headache is one shared by people in many […]