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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

Special ed questions on Colorado charter school applications violate federal law, complaints allege

Education

Proposition 120: Voters will decide if Colorado property taxes will go down — at least for some

A law passed in the final days of Colorado’s 2021 legislative session gutted Proposition 120 to apply only to property tax assessment rates for multifamily housing and lodging properties

Politics and Government

With accreditation at stake, Adams 14 school district and its external manager remain at odds

The state asked for written proof in the form of a joint report that Adams 14 and MGT, its private managers, would resume cooperation

Education

Zornio: Fact-checking Jared Polis on COVID, air quality and taxes

How the governor’s interview on Colorado Matters holds up to the facts. There has been intense debate.

Opinion Columns

Anti-maskers are spreading a new tactic to challenge Colorado school boards: recalls

In Boulder and Weld counties, parents upset with mask mandates are trying to recall school board members who support them

Education

Not enough kids are using Colorado’s school COVID testing program for it to work, governor says

Fewer than 5,000 kids — less than 1% of Colorado’s K-12 student population — are signed up for the state’s weekly testing program launched earlier this month

Coronavirus

Six Colorado schools honored as prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools

Nationally, just 325 schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools this year.

Education

Investigators couldn’t back up sexual assault claims against Tay Anderson, but found he flirted with underage student

Denver Public Schools Board of Education will meet Friday to consider a censure of Anderson, who was at the center of a six-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault.

Education

Denver schools increase safety officers, seek authority to ticket students

Denver Public Schools would no longer have 18 Denver police officers inside schools issuing tickets, but instead have 25 armed patrol officers with that authority.

Education

Two years into Colorado’s home school boom, pandemic uncertainties bring new families into the fold

The state’s population of home-school students doubled in the year after the pandemic hit classrooms. The growth could be long-lasting.

Education

A 7-year-old Colorado girl’s school district says in-person learning is best. Her parents want virtual.

Pearl’s family feels stuck between choosing the best educational setting for their daughter, who has Down syndrome, and protecting her health

Education

Colorado offers gift cards to students who sign up for COVID testing

Students will be eligible for a $25 gift card for the first test and $10 for each subsequent test.

Education

Colorado’s standardized test scores are in. But did your kid even take the test?

One thing is clear: Many students struggled academically last year.

Education
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