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April 26, 2018
Colorado teachers are rallying at the Capitol for more funding and higher pay. Follow the protest here.
Thousands of Colorado teachers are expected to protest at the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday. The teachers are rallying for more school funding and higher pay.
Nation's Report Card
April 10, 2018
Colorado students hold steady on national exams, but achievement gaps persist
Colorado’s scores in reading and math remained above national averages.
more school less crime
April 2, 2018
Four-day school weeks, a nationwide symptom of tight budgets, lead to more youth crime, study finds
A new study points to an unintended but perhaps unsurprising consequence of cutting the school week: a spike in juvenile crime.
February 22, 2018
A Detroit high schooler is among 13 young adults steering two national student protests against gun violence
Among the 13 teens and young adults spearheading two nationwide student protests against gun violence is a Detroit high schooler who says guns…
November 21, 2017
A minimum salary for Colorado teachers? State officials may ask lawmakers to consider it.
The report, assembled at the request of the legislature, also proposes a marketing campaign and scholarships to attract new teachers to rural areas.
August 16, 2017
Find your Colorado PARCC 2017 results
The number of students meeting the state's expectations rose across Colorado in both English and math about two percentage points during the last three years.
a helping hand
July 19, 2016
How adding high school counselors saved Colorado more than $300 million
By one estimate, the state is saving $20 it would otherwise spend on social safety net services for every $1 it spends on school counselors,.
June 30, 2016
We asked five Colorado teachers how they use technology in the classroom. This is what they said.
We spoke with teachers about how they are using technology in the classroom. The opinions varied, but the consensus was a good one.
June 17, 2016
To ease transition between high school and college, Denver-based foundation offers tips to students
The Daniels scholarship means that Meza won’t have to work as much as he might otherwise have to, freeing him up to focus more on his studies and family.
April 23, 2015
As opt-out numbers grow, Arne Duncan says feds may have to step in
At an event on Tuesday, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that the federal government might need to intervene if states don't address the waves of opt outs.
Practice Makes Perfect
March 16, 2015
Colorado students show lawmakers their policy chops
Students presented their recommendations on policy issues ranging from water to human trafficking to state legislators as part of the Colorado Youth Advisory Council.
July 2, 2009
The lobbying group challenging teachers unions takes on America
A screenshot from ##http://www.dfer.org/##DFER's web site## advertises four new branches. (The Florida branch is yet to be official, according to executive director Joe Williams.) The lobbying group whose H.R. recommendations virtually staffed President Obama's Education Department is spreading its "reform" tentacles. Democrats for Education Reform now has branches in Missouri, Colorado, and Wisconsin, in addition to its hometown, New York, and the organization plans to be in 10 states by 2011, executive director Joe Williams told me earlier this week. "We have very good conditions at the federal level right now for at least talking about reform, but we're really talking about what at the end of the day is a local issue," Williams said. "So the strength of any national organization like ours is really going to come down to how strong its local units are." The new branches are mostly self-sustaining, relying on leadership from volunteer boards and local residents already active in education. "It's a lot of people who were doing a lot of work on reform, but there was no political arm to engage at the political level," Williams said. What Williams calls DFER's "outpost" in Colorado is a case study for its plans elsewhere. Rather than generate policy ideas, the organization focuses on raising money for candidates who support its favored brand of changes to education — policies like charter schools, merit pay, and higher teaching standards. Among the Colorado officials DFER supports is Mike Johnston, who advised candidate Obama's presidential campaign and replaced the president of Colorado's state senate, Peter Groff, after he joined President Obama's education department.
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