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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

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

Teacher pay in rural Colorado would be set at a minimum of $40,000 under a new proposal. Will the legislature support it?

Altogether, the bill could benefit 6,000 teachers and cost the state an estimated $35 million a year to supplement salaries

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

Douglas County commissioners vote to opt out of Tri-County student mask order

“By opting out of this public health order, we will be securing the blessings of liberty,” Commissioner George Teal said during the meeting.

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“Surrounded by toxicity”: As Colorado schools reopen, pandemic-fueled politics overwhelm classrooms

The school year is starting off in turmoil as mask mandates in some districts divide families and educators.

Education

Some achievement gaps widened between white students and their Black and Hispanic peers, new Colorado data shows

A great deal of ground was lost during a year of pandemic learning, CMAS and SAT data shows, though fewer kids took the tests last school year than did in 2019

Education

A rural Colorado school district is spending $3 million to connect kids’ homes to the internet. Will it be enough?

Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis plans to transmit its own internet signal out to families’ homes after years of struggling with the state’s digital divide.

Education

As employers and universities adopt vaccine mandates, Colorado school districts mostly quiet

One local district, the Aurora Public Schools, announced as far back as May that it planned to require the vaccine for employees as soon as it received full federal approval

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Backlash stalled Douglas County School District’s plans to conduct diversity and equity training, records show

The Gemini Group, a consulting firm based in Denver, became a lightning rod in April and May as some community members argued their trainings were evidence the district was teaching critical race theory

Education

6 takeaways from a $1.5 million evaluation of Colorado’s reading law

Lawmakers commissioned the multiyear evaluation in 2019 amid growing concern that efforts driven by the READ Act had done little to boost reading scores among Colorado students. They earmarked up to $750,000 a year for the outside review.s

Education

What should Colorado’s new Department of Early Childhood look like? Leaders want parent, teacher say.

With three months to figure out the department’s structure, the state wants to know how to improve preschool services and financial aid for families.

Education

Adopting CDC guidance, Colorado recommends everyone wear masks in school settings

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its updated school guidance late Friday evening, three days after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their own recommendations

Coronavirus

More than half of aspiring Colorado elementary teachers fail their licensure exam on the first try. Many don’t try again.

New teachers pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket to take these exams, so there is a lot at stake

Education

One of Colorado’s poorest school districts gave its superintendent a 17% raise after losing $1M-plus in state funding

The $30K pay bump prompted the board president to resign and has the local teachers union asking questions after a battle over teacher pay.

Education

He’s 11. By his mom’s count, he’s had more than 30 interactions with armed officers at Colorado schools.

In a year in which high-profile incidents of police brutality sparked protests across the nation, schools have been grappling with how police should interact with students.

Education

Free meals, flexible schedules: Colorado kids on where federal stimulus money for schools should go

The state listened to a dozen students talk about their pandemic-challenged school year and how Colorado could make next year better.

Education

Colorado plans to dramatically expand COVID-19 testing in schools next year, even as restrictions go away

The state is looking for companies to operate a massive testing program backed by $173M in federal funding

Education

A romp in the mud after a messy school year can be just what Colorado preschoolers need for their mental health

Early childhood caregivers are tending to preschoolers’ mental health, citing its connection to learning after a year of pandemic disruptions

Education

Colorado education groups split over proposal to raise marijuana taxes to boost out-of-school learning

Colorado’s top teachers union withdrew its support for Initiative 25. Some say it’s a voucher program, despite broad backing.

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