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ON THE BALLOT Colorado voters will decide on a $1.6 billion tax increase to fund education this November. Supporters of the measure, dubbed Great Schools, Thriving Communities, gathered more than enough signatures to meet stringent new requirements to place the tax on higher-earning individuals and on corporations on the ballot. Now they just need to convince 55 percent of voters to say “yes” – when two-thirds said “no” the last time. Chalkbeat
VOUCHER VERDICT Low-income students who use a voucher to attend private school in Indiana see their math scores drop – and not just as they adjust to their new schools. The lower test scores persist for years, a new study found, undermining the argument that poor students benefit from the choice to attend private school. Chalkbeat
MATH MOMENT A new spring break tradition has spread across Massachusetts: inviting students back to school for hours of extra math help. Students get the equivalent of a month of extra math instruction in small group settings, and their test scores go up. Chalkbeat
OUTDOOR ED Environmental Learning for Kids, an organization that helps connect kids from underserved communities with nature, is planning to build a $3 million facility in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood. Denverite
PUEBLO VOTES The Pueblo 60 district will ask voters to approve a $6 million property tax increase for schools. If voters agree, the money will be spent on pay increases, building maintenance, and school safety. Chieftain
CLOSING TIME A beloved nature-based early childhood center in Boulder is closing after 35 years. Daily Camera
ACHIEVEMENT GAP Enrollment in teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities is down, and nearly half of graduates who become teachers leave the profession within a few years. Teacher preparation programs are trying to adapt, to attract more candidates and to better prepare them for what the job is really like. Ed Week