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Jason Gonzales

Higher Education Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Jason Gonzales is the Higher Education and Legislative Matters Reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado. Previously, he covered K-12 and higher education for The Tennessean and Brunswick County for the Wilmington Star News. He is a 2018 Education Writers Association Reporting Fellow and 2020 Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellow. He is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder. You can find him on Twitter @ByJasonGonzales.

Colorado’s new strategic plan wants higher education to pave the way for students to get good jobs that earn them better wages.
More Black and Hispanic Colorado residents hold a college degree even though the state as a whole lost some ground, according to a new report.
Colorado lawmakers want to make more student teachers and educators eligible for financial aid, to attract more students to the profession.
Colorado bills would fund more adult education to produce more educated workers and train more people for hard-to-fill jobs.
In 2020, the most recent data available, just 13.4% of the Colorado School of Mines’ 2020 freshman class had Pell Grants.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis delivered the first State of the State of his second term and said he wants to eliminate state withholding of education money by the time he leaves office.
Colorado’s higher education leaders requested more money to help meet inflationary pressures and get students to graduation.
This year’s first bills filed by Colorado lawmakers indicate priorities like mental health, teacher supply, and high school for adults.
Long-term budget constraints will influence how much Colorado General Assembly can spend on education.
Polis proposes in 2023-24 providing free training for jobs in education, health care, and construction trades.
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Education issues the Colorado legislature may address in 2023 include youth mental health, school safety, and teacher shortages.
The Colorado Community College System improved its graduation rates by giving students more support in and out of the classroom, with programs to help with life challenges and academic needs.
The University of Northern Colorado believes person-to-person connections are crucial.
Colorado’s Red Rocks Community College leaders say students need to know college will help them not just learn, but also make it easier to live.
A Colorado Succeeds report offers five principles in starting a conversation that helps colleges get students the job skills they need.
9% per-pupil boost for pre-K-12 education in Colorado in governor’s budget; higher education budget would grow less than rate of inflation.
Hispanic college students offer advice on how to support high schoolers in realizing dreams of college
The NAEP math decline represented Colorado students’ lowest scores in nearly two decades on the test known as the nation’s report card.
Student loan borrowers across the country will have until December 2023 to apply for up to $20,000 in forgiveness from the federal government.
¿Cómo puedes ajustar la universidad? Llenar la solicitud FAFSA ayuda a los estudiantes a darse cuenta de que la universidad es una opción.
Community College of Aurora will cut more than 30 degree and certificates low-interest programs in arts, tech, and business.
Filling out the application can take time, be overwhelming, and, at times, feel invasive for families. But in the end, the process can be worth it because it opens students to a variety of money for college, experts say.
Colorado wants to equip residents with college degrees. Over the last decade, the state didn’t make significant progress toward that goal.
Más coloradenses negros y latinos estaban yendo a la universidad, pero luego llegó la pandemia. Una importante iniciativa busca recuperar el impulso perdido.
Enrollment at the majority of Colorado community colleges increased slightly from the previous year.
CU Denver’s NXT Gen Teacher Residency program looks to help students return to their community to teach.
Biden’s plan offers more relief to students who started with the least but doesn’t address the much higher debt burden carried by Black and Hispanic borrowers.