Erica Meltzer

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Colorado

Erica Meltzer is bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado, where she also covers the legislature and statewide education issues. Erica was a founding editor of the local news site Denverite. Before that, she covered everything from housing and energy policy to crime and courts for newspapers in three states. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. Reach her at:

Chris Gibbons’ departure comes as Denver charter schools are challenged by declining enrollment and shifting political winds. He acknowledged that dynamic in a letter to families.
A Colorado school discipline reform bill limits handcuffing, requires parents be told when students are restrained, and makes more data publicly available.
School lunch programs grew during the pandemic. With federal waivers set to expire, lawmakers are asking voters to maintain that progress.
All Colorado students have had access to free lunch for the last two years. Lawmakers are considering a ballot measure to continue that benefit.
Colorado lawmakers are increasing funding for schools next year, but inflation and potential property tax limits complicate the future.
Colorado school districts that struggle to pass extra taxes known as mill levy overrides could get help from a proposed state matching program — if it gets funded.
Some Colorado school districts voluntarily recognize employee unions, but education sector workers won’t get any new rights this year.
Free universal preschool has been a dream of Colorado early childhood advocates for years. Now the preschool expansion is law — and the real work begins.
A Colorado bill seeks to improve school discipline practices and promote a better learning environment. Opponents say it will drown them in paperwork.
New America School teachers had hoped to form Colorado’s first charter school union, but the charter board voted down the effort.
Lawmakers said the proposal will ultimately help providers and lower costs for families — though not right away.
The goal is more supportive schools. Advocates are starting with more data collection, better policies for school resource officers, and a near-ban on handcuffing students.
The State Board plans to take until the end of the year to finalize Colorado’s social students standards after being inundated with conflicting public comments.
HopSkipDrive specializes in rides for children and contracts with school districts. Disability advocates want state safety rules for school transportation to apply.
Colorado lawmakers unveiled a package of bills to help people earn degrees and credentials in less time and in fields with high-paying jobs.
The board of the New America School charter network could decide in April whether to allow teachers at three campuses in metro Denver to unionize.
Colorado’s budget for next fiscal year would place more into K-12 classrooms and avoids steep tuition hikes at colleges.
A Colorado bill would give charter schools more opportunity to teach students with disabilities. But are charters ready for the responsibility?
A new COVID-19 vaccination dashboard shows wide variation among Colorado schools.
School funding, universal preschool, and public sector bargaining are among the big education issues that Colorado will decide.
Brad Laurvick was elected in 2019 as part of a slate of union-backed candidates who “flipped” the Denver school board.
Community schools provide extensive wraparound services for students and families. A Colorado bill would make them an option for low-performing schools.
Education advocates hope to secure as much as $1.1 billion in new Colorado school funding by asking voters to forego a portion of tax refunds under TABOR.
Democrats on the House Education Committee said disagreements about what gets taught can be handled at the local level without new laws.
Colorado’s curriculum transparency bill is unlikely to pass, but national and local efforts to control instruction leave teachers “on eggshells.”
To address teacher shortages, a Colorado bill would provide stipends up to $22,000 for student teachers, plus help with licensing exams.
Two bills in the Colorado legislature would make it easier for more retired school employees to go back to work without losing their pension benefits.
Collective bargaining rights for public sector employees is a top priority for Colorado Democratic leaders and teachers unions. School districts want out.
Two new reports point to the potential promise of Colorado charter schools and changes that still need to happen for them to function like truly public schools.
A bill that lays out a transition plan to bring back Colorado school and district ratings after a two-year pandemic pause has broad bipartisan consensus.