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Ann Schimke

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Ann Schimke covers early childhood issues for Chalkbeat Colorado. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the Denver Post. She holds a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Michigan. She joined Chalkbeat (then EdNews Colorado) in 2012. Email: aschimke@chalkbeat.org

Students at a southeastern Colorado high school spend several days learning about the Sand Creek Massacre because of a unique agreement with an Oklahoma tribe.
The state on Wednesday revealed numbers long awaited by preschool providers around Colorado — the amount they’ll be paid for each child enrolled in universal preschool.
Voters approved about two-thirds of school district ballot measures in Colorado on Tuesday. The 27J school district scored a notable win with its mill levy override
Gone by the wayside are reading programs that encourage children to figure out what a jumble of letters says by looking at the picture or using other clues to guess the word.
In each grade, district officials stripped out two units and added 10 books.
In September, Colorado officials proposed that some children get an extra 10 hours a week of tuition-free preschool next year. Now, the number of additional hours is up in the air.
The state granted extensions to a dozen school districts where most but not all K-3 teachers completed the training.
Leaders hope the project will mint 335 new Colorado teachers over three years.
Jeffco, Adams 12, Colorado Springs 11, and Greeley-Evans are some of the districts receiving grants.
Los niños que hablan español u otros idiomas en el hogar y los provenientes de familias con menos recursos probablemente serán elegibles para 20 horas semanales de preescolar gratis.
Even some middle-income families would be eligible for 20 hours of free preschool — twice the amount promised in law — under proposed rules for universal preschool.
Katherina Lei, a member of Myanmar’s Karen ethnic group, came to the United States as a teenager.
The seven teachers come from several districts and teach a mix of grades and subjects.
Four schools are participating in Colorado’s dyslexia screening pilot program this year, up from three last year.
El plomo es una neurotoxina dañina que puede causar discapacidades de aprendizaje y problemas de comportamiento.
Fourteen attendance advocates from the Denver-based nonprofit Zero Dropouts are helping the Greeley-Evans district track down missing high schoolers.
The University of Colorado Denver is the fourth traditional teacher prep program ordered by the state to fix weak reading courses.
Donovan Fountain’s students listen to Croatian rock, Brazilian jazz, and hip hop as part of his music appreciation unit.
The 15-member committee will help set rules governing the state’s free universal preschool program.
The law comes with $21 million to pay for lead testing and and repairs.
A coalition of national groups warns the early learning system is approaching ‘a catastrophic funding cliff’
More Philadelphia child care providers opened in the second year of the pandemic than the first, but the city still saw a net loss of providers.
Early childhood councils, school districts, and nonprofit organizations are among the three dozen groups that have applied to run Colorado’s universal preschool program at the local level.
Colorado’s new early childhood chief said it’s time to “stop the madness” and increase state reimbursement rates to reflect the true cost of child care.
Preschool teacher pay varies wildly in Colorado — from around $13 to $70 an hour, depending on the region, setting, and employee credentials.
Despite efforts to improve elementary reading instruction, many older students continue to struggle with reading.
Lisa Roy, who led early childhood education programming in the Denver school district from 2016 to 2019, was named sole finalist for the new department’s top job Friday.
Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed budget for the coming year includes funding for 300 new PHLpreK seats.
Un programa nuevo en el Distrito Jeffco es uno de los pocos en una escuela pública enfocado en estudiantes de intermedia y secundaria que sufren de dislexia.