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Guest Post: Who fought for teacher pay during the 2019 session?

If you think back to April of 2018, you may remember a sea of red-shirt-clad teachers, armed with creative signage and megaphones, storming the...
Inside the Colorado Capitol. (Photo by John Herrick, Colorado Independent)

Colorado changed its laws around sex ed. Here’s what you need to know.

Colorado law will soon require students who receive sexual education to learn about consent in school. But the road to passing that bill was bumpy....
Dozens of Stedman Elementary kindergarteners look on as Gov. Jared Polis signs the full-day kindergarten bill into law on May 21, 2019. (Photo by Kati Weis/Chalkbeat Colorado)

Polis signs full-day kindergarten bill into law

Fulfilling a key campaign promise, Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a bill funding full-day kindergarten to much pomp  — complete with...

Capitol Review: Lawmakers expanded voter access, took aim at dark money

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on voting and elections....

Capitol Review: Criminal justice reforms address prison overcrowding, economic inequities

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on criminal justice. Other...
Photo of smoggy downtown Denver skyline via the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division, Technical Services Program, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Capitol Review: Democrats attacked greenhouse gas with a dozen bills Ambitious climate-change agenda...

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on climate change. We also...
A whiteboard inside the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Capitol review: Lawmakers chipped away at opioid epidemic with 6 bills Heroin and fentanyl...

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on opioids. We also wrote...
Condemning the federal government's practice of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, about 200 attended a rally east of City Park on Thursday evening in Denver. Similar rallies were held on Thursday in Pueblo and Aurora.

Capitol review: 4 key immigrant bills passed, but a big one failed

Editor's note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on immigration. We...
Final votes on the last day of Colorado's 2019 state legislative session on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Mark Castillo)

Video: A day of pomp as Colorado’s 2019 legislative session wraps

Colorado has a lay legislature that makes laws each year from January to May. This session, Democrats took control of the House, Senate and governor’s...
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...