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Nic Garcia is the deputy bureau chief at Chalkbeat Colorado. He covers the state department of education, the State Board and the legislature.
you got data
December 11, 2017
Can Colorado do a better job of sharing school report cards with parents? Data advocates say yes.
The Colorado education department posts the school quality ratings online, as do schools. But the reports are not sent directly to parents.
Follow the money
December 8, 2017
Losing Douglas County school board candidates spent more than winners, records show
The Elevate Douglas County Slate spent $139,911 on advertising, bank fees and other operations during the campaign.
Mr. (Board) President
December 7, 2017
Telluride’s Paul Reich taking over as Colorado Association of School Boards board president
Reich on Jan. 1 will take over as board president of the Colorado Association of School Boards, a powerful voice in state education policy.
December 6, 2017
Rise & Shine: Voucher supports push back after Douglas County school board action
HOW I TEACH After a mother’s surprising request, this Colorado debate coach realized the value of her work. Chalkbeat GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN The Douglas…
over and out
December 4, 2017
Douglas County school board ends controversial voucher program
The board also voted to direct the school district to end a long-running legal defense of the program.
December 1, 2017
After another Colorado child commits suicide, the search for solutions intensifies at schools and the statehouse
A growing rate of suicides among Coloradans kids have parents, educators, activists and lawmakers wrestling with complex questions about bullying and suicide.
Elections & Consequences
November 29, 2017
Fate of Douglas County’s high-profile voucher program to be weighed at special meeting
Board President David Ray announced the Dec. 4 meeting to consider the future of the voucher program, and provided little in detail beyond that.
November 29, 2017
Rise & Shine: New Douglas County school board members sworn in
TRANSITION OF POWER Four new members of the Aurora school board took their seats Tuesday, beginning a new and uncertain period for a school district in…
November 28, 2017
Katy Anthes’s inner circle: Meet the eight people helping Colorado’s education commissioner in her first year on the job
Anthes has brought stability to a department that was experiencing major turnover.
November 22, 2017
Rise & Shine: Investigation finds Colorado school districts aren’t disclosing employee arrests to parents
HUMAN RESOURCES As part of a broad plan to increase the volume of high-quality teachers in Colorado, state officials are considering asking lawmakers to take the…
November 21, 2017
A minimum salary for Colorado teachers? State officials may ask lawmakers to consider it.
The report, assembled at the request of the legislature, also proposes a marketing campaign and scholarships to attract new teachers to rural areas.
November 16, 2017
Why Gov. Hickenlooper wants to give some Colorado charter schools $5.5 million
The money would go to state-approved charter schools in an effort to close a funding gap lawmakers tried to eliminate in a landmark charter-school funding bill passed in the waning days of the 2017 state legislative session.
Colorado Vote 2018
November 15, 2017
Polis campaign releases education plan, including new promise about teacher raises
Big questions remain, however, about how Colorado would pay for all of Polis’s education plans.
November 15, 2017
Rise & Shine: Grand Junction classrooms get needed tech boost
COMING TO TERMS The Aurora school board on Tuesday night — in its last vote before new board members are sworn in — approved a contract…
Colorado Votes 2017
November 10, 2017
How Colorado’s teachers unions claimed school board victories Tuesday
Building on recent successes, Colorado’s teachers unions sharpened their political operation and took advantage of an unsettled national electoral climate to score victories this week…
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