BOULDER — Enrollment at the University of Colorado Boulder for incoming freshmen is expected to drop by more than 12% this year, contributing to the additional $25 million budget shortfall amid the pandemic, officials said. Chancellor Phil DiStefano told the university system’s Board of Regents on Thursday that overall enrollment is expected to decline by […]
Why thousands of Colorado students disconnected from school despite hotspots and internet deals
When COVID-19 hit, the internet became an essential school supply. Districts in the Denver metro area scrambled to meet the need, collectively spending more than $1 million in the past five months to buy mobile hotspots and pay families’ internet bills so children could learn. Philanthropies and foundations have spent even more. But the effort […]
Colorado students are improving in literacy — possibly to the detriment of their math skills. That’s bad for the economy.
Colorado students have inched forward with progress in reading following a statewide focus on improving literacy, but their math skills aren’t moving in the same direction — or, really, in any direction. A report released by A+ Colorado this week highlights how stagnant math scores have been on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessments, […]
How the coronavirus shutdown improved my daughter’s mental health
School lock down drills. Fire drills. Bomb threats at school. All of these act as triggers for kids with trauma in their past and since e-learning came into effect, the things about school my daughter does not miss. In fact, despite the lack of routine, the inability to see her teacher, or interact with her […]
A 16-year-old Denver high school student known for her smile has died from coronavirus
This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters When Jaqueline Paisano would go to the mall with her mom, she was stopped often by classmates. “Teenage boys and girls that I never knew would stop us and say ‘Oh, I love Jackie,’” […]
Colorado is about to get $41 million for early childhood. Here’s where the money could go.
As Colorado’s early childhood leaders discuss how to spend a new $41 million pot of federal coronavirus relief money, there are lots of unsettled questions about who needs the money most. Some advocates like the idea of a simple grant program that will fast-track funds to child care providers who need urgent help with rent […]
In-state tuition at Colorado universities could rise up to 3% on average under governor’s budget plan
In-state tuition at Colorado’s state-run colleges and universities could rise as much as 3% on average under Gov. Jared Polis’ budget proposal presented to state lawmakers on Wednesday, leaving some alarmed about the prospect of driving up the cost of higher education. The Democrat wants to spent $147 million on higher education, up a relatively […]
Garage sales and GoFundMe campaigns are nice, but Colorado districts want a better fix for school lunch debt
By Anne Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado A Boulder mom raised more than $40,000 to pay off debt from school lunches that district students ate but couldn’t pay for, even garnering a hefty donation on the Rachael Ray Show. A teacher at Denver’s McGlone Academy raised $525 this spring to help feed students at her school. An […]