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.

In Fowler, a tiny town in the southeastern Colorado plains, higher education has become a way of life. Its high school sends most of its students to college.
Aproximadamente dos de cada cinco varones hispanos que se gradúan de una secundaria de Colorado irán a la universidad. Una vez en la universidad, la mayoría no se gradúa.
The Denver Scholarship Foundation gathered Hispanic men with differing college experiences to better understand the challenges they face getting to college.
A bill in the Colorado legislature would provide $91 million to expand and create programs like those at Colorado Mountain College to tailor degrees to jobs.
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 wants Adams 14 to hire help and submit a plan for the district and high school by next month.
The CU Board of Regents named interim president Todd Saliman the sole finalist to be the next president of the University of Colorado System.
El Community College de Denver ha cambiado su programa de inglés como segundo idioma para dar clases de inglés a estudiantes y ayudarles a conseguir empleo.
The Community College of Denver has changed its English as a second language program to teach students English that can help them land jobs.
Colorado’s budget for next fiscal year would place more into K-12 classrooms and avoids steep tuition hikes at colleges.
A Colorado proposal would create a program that would expand student job opportunities and help address worker shortages.
School funding, universal preschool, and public sector bargaining are among the big education issues that Colorado will decide.
Colorado lawmakers are looking at prevention and early intervention to curb youth violence and make schools safer.
A Colorado bill would make school meals free, regardless of whether students qualify for subsidized prices. But lawmakers are concerned about the cost.
Collective bargaining rights for public sector employees is a top priority for Colorado Democratic leaders and teachers unions. School districts want out.
Earning a four-year degree while incarcerated may become possible in Colorado as a prison education program and Pell Grant financial aid expand.
Colorado lawmakers may limit the common practice of withholding college transcripts to collect debt, if students apply for jobs, schools or the military.
Colorado lawmakers want to expand access to a program offering a fifth year of high school with classes for college credit.
Colorado lawmakers introduce a bill to waive tuition and fees for students who were in foster care after the age of 13.
Colorado can spend $100 million to bolster career training in K-12 and higher education, and to help train and connect adults with jobs.
Colorado’s higher education leaders issued a joint letter asking for more than what Gov. Jared Polis has earmarked in his budget to meet required costs.
Report outlines how Colorado could raise the percentage of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Colorado’s first education bills of 2022 would boost funding for schools and universal preschool, and improve college access, instruction, and job training.
Gov. Jared Polis touted universal preschool and free kindergarten in his State of the State address. Some leaders want to see more attention to higher ed.
Democrats touted the pending arrival of universal preschool while Republicans said they have the answers to parent frustrations with pandemic education.
The Colorado legislature convenes with pandemic challenges still looming over schools and universities.
College students sit at round tables in a large room with windows.
Colorado bill would improve services for students with disabilities
If it passes, the legislature will create a committee to understand how colleges track and help those students succeed.
Colorado analysts project K-12 student enrollment will remain stagnant over the next two school years, as it has this year.
The report says two out of three educators are considering leaving the teaching profession.
Los varones hispanos asisten y terminan la universidad con las tasas más bajas de cualquier grupo de estudiantes en Colorado. En otros lugares, las universidades han diseñado programas para aumentar el éxito de los estudiantes.