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House Education Committee Chair Barbara McLachlan speaks about the benefits of full-day kindergarten with state Rep. Jim Wilson at a small rally for advocates in the Colorado State Capitol.

Colorado lawmakers made big investments in public education — but few major policy changes

As Colorado’s 2019 legislative session came to a close, Gov. Jared Polis strode into a conference room packed with reporters to talk about his...
"Smoking," by Astrid Kopp, via Flickr: Creative Commons

Colorado Senate rejects nicotine tax that would have boosted preschool spending

A proposed nicotine tax backed by Gov. Jared Polis was rejected by the Colorado Senate Thursday night. The proposal would have allowed Colorado to double...
A school bus in Colorado by Pravesvuth Uparanukraw via Flickr: Creative Commons

With loan forgiveness and stipends, Colorado lawmakers hope to lure teachers to rural districts

The downside of living in Campo is that it’s 70 miles to Walmart and 20 miles to the nearest grocery store. The upside is...
People vaping outside the Colorado Capitol on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 as lawmakers debate a bill that would increase taxes on nicotine products to help expand state-funded preschool programs. (Photo by Alex Burness)

Nicotine taxes for preschool, vaccine exemptions draw crowds to Colorado Capitol in waning days

As the clock winds down on the 2019 legislative session, two groups packed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon for a final say on two controversial...
Gov. Polis speaks to students at the Greenlee Elementary School on March 22, 2019 after he and lawmakers announced a plan to fund full-day kindergarten. (Photo by John Herrick)

Full-day kindergarten for Colorado gains Senate OK, nears governor’s desk

Universal full-day kindergarten in Colorado is on its way to becoming reality after initial Senate approval Thursday. After a final Senate vote Friday and House approval...
"Vaping Electronic Cigarette" by Lindsay Fox via Flicker: Creative Commons

Colorado proposal would triple cigarette tax, fund preschool, fight teen vaping

A proposed tax on nicotine products could double Colorado’s preschool investment, pay for afterschool and summer enrichment programs for low-income families, and chip away...
"Handcuffed arrested" by Whitesun12 via Flickr: Creative Commons

Policy vs. practice: Handcuffing of students under review in Denver school district

The chief of safety for Denver’s public schools has vowed to review the use of handcuffs on students, as well as how district safety...
A study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that millions of U.S. students lack access to school mental health resources. (Photo by publik15 via Flicker: Creative Commons.)

Student and parent groups pushing Denver schools to hire ‘counselors, not cops’

Against a backdrop of rising youth suicide rates and disproportionately harsh discipline for black and Latino students, Denver teenagers and parents are calling for...

Denver metro area schools closed as authorities search for a woman ‘infatuated’ with Columbine

Update: Law enforcement says it found Sol Pais dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Clear Creek County near Mount Evans. More than two...

Colorado legislative roundup: Bills aimed at helping at-risk students advance

Many of the education bills wending their way through the Colorado General Assembly aim to provide students with more than academics. They seek to...