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Adams City High School 2019 graduates. Colorado’s 81.1% graduation rate still leaves the state below the national average. (Photo by Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat)

More Colorado students are graduating, even if it takes more time

Colorado graduation rates bumped up again in 2019 although districts posted more modest gains than before, and more of them saw decreases in the...
Advocates are seeking to put a tax on tobacco and vaping products on Colorado's 2020 ballot. The tax would pay to cover costs of state-funded preschool for all 4-year-olds by the end of 2022. (Image by Forest Wilson)

Could a new vaping and tobacco tax pay for free preschool in Colorado? Advocates...

Colorado voters could decide this November whether to fund free preschool for 4-year-olds statewide by taxing tobacco and vaping products.  On Friday, two citizens took...

2020 cheat sheet: What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about education The latest...

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Chalkbeat Staff on June 13, 2019. Updated on Jan. 3, 2020.  Education is hardly the only issue driving the 2020...

Committee won’t recommend changes to Colorado’s school finance formula

A special committee charged with changing Colorado’s outdated formula for distributing money to schools will not recommend any legislation in 2020. The Democratic chair of...
Tay Anderson hugs a supporter as early returns show him leading in the race for an at-large Denver school board seat. (Photo via Chalkbeat Colorado)

New Denver school board member says he will sit during the Pledge of Allegiance

On the eve of his first monthly meeting Thursday, newly elected Denver school board member Tay Anderson said he would remain seated during the...
Striking Denver Public Schools teachers march toward the state Capitol on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Evan Semón for The Colorado Independent)

Putting numbers to a new school finance formula could prove challenging

A group of Colorado lawmakers spent Monday afternoon plugging numbers into a proposed new school finance formula, squinting at a projection of a computer...
Striking teachers and supporters rallied on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Evan Semón Photography for The Colorado Independent)

Fairer to whom? Colorado considers redividing the pie with a new school finance formula

In a change that one lawmaker is calling a “paradigm shift,” Colorado’s school funding formula eventually could take into account how many students in...
Noel Community Arts School students work through assigned classwork during a study period at the Denver school in May 2019. (Nathan W. Armes/Chalkbeat)

Colorado releases school ratings amid ongoing debate about how to measure performance

Colorado school ratings finalized Wednesday show that slightly fewer schools this year earned one of the two lowest ratings. Those that did — 154 schools...
Parents at a New York City school made and sold pies to raise money for their school. PHOTO CREDIT: Carrie Melago/Chalkbeat

First person: Parent fundraising made my school a great place to teach. I was...

First Person is an occasional Chalkbeat series featuring personal essays by educators, students, parents, and others trying to improve public education. “We’re really lucky here....
Denver Public Schools is revising its 8th-grade social studies curriculum after objections that it erased Native American perspectives in the 19th-century settlement of the West. (Photo from University of Illinois library via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Denver to change curriculum that educators said ‘eliminates the Native American perspective’

Until very recently, Denver’s eighth-grade social studies curriculum asked students to identify the challenges faced by settlers as they moved West in the 1800s...