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“Everybody has a second job”: Low pay leaves rural Colorado teachers struggling

Colorado’s teacher salaries are among the lowest in the nation

Education

Budgets fat with fossil fuel revenue at odds with climate-change goals in states like Colorado

Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, said the state's not targeting fossil fuel production — only the industry's emissions.

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers want to tweak how at-risk students are counted amid broader school-funding overhaul

Lawmakers are looking to move away from identifying at-risk students by those signed up for free or reduced-price lunch, a metric they say has become inaccurate during the pandemic

Politics and Government

Colorado’s education pie just got bigger. Now lawmakers want to give a larger slice to higher-needs students.

House Bill 1325 would expand the definition of children living in poverty and qualifying for additional funding and, for the first time, give districts more money for every English language learner enrolled in their schools

Education

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.

Education

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.

News

A late surge in demand overwhelms Colorado’s state-sponsored online school

Colorado Digital Learning Solutions had to suspend registration just a few days after it opened last week to work through a backlog of requests

Education

The big tax change in Colorado’s school finance act, explained

To head off a deepening crisis and address longstanding problems in school funding, Colorado lawmakers are trying to find a way to reset school district property taxes around the state

Education

Colorado’s shift to a new higher education funding formula places the focus on the student

College leaders say the change will align resources to state goals and help encourage institutions to provide resources for the neediest students to complete their education

Education

Opinion: Treating educators with dignity and respect starts with paying them a decent wage

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmakers hoped to finally change the school funding formula after 25 years. They may have to keep waiting.

A legislative committee’s progress toward making the formula more student centered reached a roadblock Thursday when lawmakers ran out of time to finalize a bill. They hope to still make it happen this session.

Education

Part calculator, part crystal ball: Colorado lawmakers’ simulator testing tweaks to state’s school-funding formula

The state is contracting with EdBuild to pay for its simulator tool through the end of 2019 for a total cost of $177,428. Lawmakers hope it can predict the effect of any changes they want to make to the formula.

Education

Gov. Polis’ full-day kindergarten program could bust its budget by $40 million in first year, state survey predicts

Local school officials anticipate near-universal attendance, but state lawmakers only set aside full-day K funding for 85% attendance.

Education

More than 80,000 Colorado students attend school four days a week. What happens on the fifth day?

As more Colorado school districts cut back to just four days a week in the face of financial pressures, many parents are looking for ways to fill that fifth day — they hope with meaningful learning outside the classroom.

Education

Garage sales and GoFundMe campaigns are nice, but Colorado districts want a better fix for school lunch debt

Boulder Valley School District, for instance, has around $200,000 in lunch debt accrued over several years.

Education

Denver schools could soon have too few students — meaning consolidation might be coming. Here’s why.

By 2022, Denver Public Schools predicts there could be as many as 19 schools with fewer than 215 students, which would cost the district $3.4 million in subsidies

Education

Opinion: TABOR reform vote exposes hypocrisy within GOP caucus

Opinion Columns

Think teacher pay is low in Colorado? Try teaching preschool.

Last year, lead Colorado preschool teachers in district-run schools made $30,500 on average -- nearly $22,000 less than public elementary school teachers

Politics and Government

Colorado schools will get more money thanks to new estimates. And homeowners can expect to pay more.

Democratic lawmakers don't plan to go along with Gov. Jared Polis' plan to freeze the property tax rate, saying it's not worth the political effort

Politics and Government

Opinion: Education funding increase is a big step forward for Colorado students and families

Opinion Columns
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