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Nearly half of Colorado inmates are parole eligible but still behind bars. Some lawmakers...

Roughly 8,700 Colorado inmates — 43 percent of Colorado's entire 20,200-person prison population — are eligible for parole. Yet they remain behind bars. It's a situation...

‘The reckoning has come’: Denver teachers union takes a hard line in negotiations

Negotiations grew more tense between the Denver teachers union and the district on Tuesday as the two sides struggled to find common ground over its...

What Jared Polis asked for (and left out) in his $33.7B budget request Full-day...

Jared Polis campaigned on bringing universal, full-day kindergarten to Colorado. Two days after being sworn in as governor, he said in his State of...

Judge nixes citizenship question on Census, but immigrant groups are ‘skeptical and very afraid’

Minority and civil rights activists applauded Tuesday’s court decision overruling the Trump administration’s plan to include a question regarding citizenship status on the 2020...

Guest Post: No more dead bodies on Boulder streets

Boulder is the 17th wealthiest city in the 57th wealthiest county in the 10th wealthiest country in the world. One would expect such wealth...

All eyes are on Denver’s teacher pay negotiations as a strike looms. Here’s where...

Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association have been negotiating for more than a year against a backdrop of widespread protests over teacher pay. Now,...

Attorney General Weiser opposes The Colorado Independent in court records fight AG ducked the...

In his first week on the job, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser officially opposed The Colorado Independent’s petition before the U.S. Supreme Court to...

Supreme Court, in blockbuster Martinez ruling, shields oil and gas drillers from stricter public...

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower-court decision that sought to reshape the way oil and gas drilling permits are issued in...

Jared Polis lays out policy priorities, with free kindergarten on top. Here are 7...

Like the man himself, Jared Polis's first-year agenda for Colorado is ambitious. Fixes to a sputtering education system. Addressing climate change. Lowering health care costs....

Denver has 1 administrator for every 7.5 instructional staff — far above the state...

Compared with the statewide average, the Denver school district is top-heavy with administration. In the 2016-17 school year, Denver had one administrator for every 7.5...