Posted inEquity, News

An “invisible population” of Colorado parents in college faces barriers to obtaining degrees

Most weeknights, after her 3-year-old daughter, A’nyah, falls asleep, Molly Clark cracks open her textbooks and studies until her eyes “feel like sandpaper.”  “As soon as I feel like it’s not any use anymore, I’ll backtrack a few pages, put my bookmark in, and I’ll go to bed, which is usually around 12 to 2:30,” […]

Posted inEducation, News

Colorado students have recovered some academic ground since COVID arrived but deficits remain, test results show

Colorado students made significant headway in overcoming academic setbacks due to pandemic-related hiccups in learning, but their progress still hasn’t set them fully back on track, according to state standardized test data published by the Colorado Department of Education on Wednesday. Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessments are typically conducted each spring as a way […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Laura Pritchett: Over the Gunnison Valley, airplanes and acronyms converged

Three things are true:  One: I crush on my birth state and forever state of Colorado.  Two: I do not crush on acronyms. I loathe them. I loathe them because they generally signal something suspiciously complicated; meetings with too many acronyms make me want a whiskey.  Three: Yet I crush on my job shepherding students […]

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Denver, Jefferson County school districts raise hourly wages for support staff struggling to afford food and housing

Amid mounting public pressure, two of Colorado’s largest school districts have approved 20% pay raises for school support staff, with Denver Public Schools pledging to boost pay by more than $4 per hour for many workers this year and Jeffco Public Schools agreeing to increase compensation by $3 per hour by September 2023. The pay […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Public money can be used for religious-school tuition in Maine. What does that mean for voucher programs in Colorado?

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for public dollars in a Maine tuition assistance program to flow to private religious schools could embolden conservative Colorado lawmakers to more aggressively pursue a statewide program that would feed taxpayer money to private schools, including religious ones. Previous legislative attempts in Colorado to create a […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Transportation

Electric school buses are in Colorado’s future. But districts need help paying for them.

One by one, the big yellow diesel-powered school buses shuttling kids back and forth in Colorado districts are rumbling along on their final routes and, after many thousands of miles, belching their last plumes of exhaust.  With increasing concerns about the harmful effects of school bus tailpipe emissions on both children’s health and the environment, […]