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Declining birth rates, coupled with COVID disruptions, are driving down enrollment in Colorado public schools

The state counted about 1,200 fewer K-12 students this school year. Some analysts expect that, as birth rates continue to decrease, student enrollment in public schools won’t rebound.

Education

New union-backed Denver school board renews charter schools despite some reluctance

Most board members spoke neutrally about charter schools, just one voted against them while another called his "yes" vote a reluctant one

Education

Colorado schools brace for staffing shortages as they return from holiday break amid record COVID surge

On Monday, at least three Denver schools — Northfield High School, Lake Middle School and Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School — had announced temporary shifts to remote learning this week as staff members called in sick

Coronavirus

“I can’t do this to myself anymore”: Pandemic stress has driven some Colorado teachers to leave the classroom

As anxiety, depression and thoughts of quitting rise among teachers, districts are taking small steps to help them cope.

Education

Boulder Valley School District, largely unscathed by the Marshall fire, will resume classes Wednesday

The school district’s reopening comes as thousands of area residents remain without gas service, despite door-to-door effort by Xcel Energy crews

Marshall Fire

Student enrollment in Colorado won’t bounce back this year after pandemic losses, state analysts say

Metro Denver, the Southwest Mountain, San Luis Valley, Pueblo, and the Eastern Plains regions have seen the biggest percentage decline in student populations

Education

Amid Colorado’s substitute shortages, school specialists are filling in while juggling their own work

The Aurora district knew that intervention work was going to be critical to helping students catch up. Some schools hired additional specialists, and many are offering tutoring on weekends or after school.

Education

Down 12 teachers, an Alamosa school drafted everyone they could to teach — including the principal

A statewide substitute teacher shortage has worsened amid the pandemic, leaving schools desperate to fill classrooms when teachers are out. On days they can’t, closing is a possibility.

Education

Disruption turned into destruction: Colorado kids are acting out in classrooms while struggling to cope

Prolonged school closures, adults clashing over political debates and families suffering job loss or the death of a loved one have all contributed to students misbehaving in school

Education

COVID outbreaks have shut down some Colorado schools. Will holidays and cold weather make things worse?

Nearly 40% of COVID cases related to outbreaks in Colorado are at schools as the delta variant rapidly spreads among students and staff.

Education

Carman: Nearly 2 years into COVID, the kids have gone feral and teachers are their prey

Overwhelmed faculty members are pleading with parents to help the kids to stop acting like sociopaths and relearn basic social skills

Opinion Columns

Opinion: The air inside Colorado schools needs to be cleaned up

Better ventilation and filtering can help reduce smoke from the outside, Covid-19 on the inside

Opinion Columns

Federal judge extends order blocking students from opting out of Douglas County school mask mandate

U.S. District Court Judge John Kane said he would dismiss the case if the health board rescinds its order

Coronavirus

Two districts account for nearly 90% of Colorado’s very limited COVID testing in schools

Nearly two months into the program, only about 6,000 students are getting swabbed weekly. That’s less than 1% of the state’s K-12 population.

Education

Students at Denver high school targeted by racist, antisemitic graffiti try to rally forward

On what was meant to be a light-hearted pajama day, George Washington High School students grappled with fallout from swastikas, racist epithets and hateful rhetoric scrawled on campus over the weekend.

Education

Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money

Coronavirus measures, teaching on race motivate national groups, wealthy individuals and both Republican and Democratic parties to get involved in local races across the state

Education

Colorado kids are floundering in math, a “crisis” that may add up to trouble for tomorrow’s workforce

Standardized test results show students have fallen behind further in math than literacy amid the pandemic. The decline means the state’s labor force may lack required skills.

Education

Local school boards — from Colorado to Ohio — emerge as hot races in November election

Parental protests over COVID-19-related mask mandates, gender-neutral bathrooms, and teachings about racial history, sexuality and social-emotional learning are being leveraged into full-fledged board takeover campaigns

Politics and Government

Littwin: The debate about vaccines and stem cells is the latest twist. By the way, the pope says it’s “suicidal” not to be vaccinated.

In other news, my grandson’s first-grade class is in COVID quarantine. With luck, he’s got a jab coming sometime in the near future.

Opinion Columns

Colorado schools fought to retain teachers during COVID. The struggle isn’t over.

The state actually retained more teachers during the 2020-2021 academic year than in the past, but officials fear more teachers will exit the field as the pandemic drags on.

Education
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