Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
October 2, 2019
It’s Count Day in Colorado schools. Here’s why an accurate census matters.
Schools across Colorado are conducting a headcount Wednesday with high financial stakes in a rapidly changing state.
need to know
September 4, 2019
Test scores, vaccination rates, AC and more: 10 back-to-school stories with news you can use
Look up school-by-school test results, graduation rates, and vaccination rates. Plus, answers to your questions about full-day kindergarten, CMAS scores, and more.
May 21, 2019
Polis signs full-day kindergarten bill into law
Fulfilling a key campaign promise, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill funding full-day kindergarten to much pomp at a ceremony at Stedman Elementary in Denver.
Asked and answered
Updated May 15, 2019
Free full-day kindergarten is coming. Here’s what Colorado parents need to know.
Most Colorado parents will be able to send their children to free full-day kindergarten this fall. Here, we answer the most common questions we've heard.
May 5, 2019
Colorado lawmakers made big investments in public education — but few major policy changes
A largely bipartisan consensus on education policy developed over the last decade remains intact at the end of the 2019 Colorado General Assembly.
Session at a glance
May 3, 2019
Kindergarten, reading, mental health: what Colorado lawmakers did for education in 2019
On kindergarten, mental health, and reading, Colorado schools and students scored some big wins during the 2019 legislative session.
April 30, 2019
Full-day kindergarten heads to the desk of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis
Colorado parents will be able to enroll their children in full-day kindergarten at no cost starting this fall.
April 25, 2019
Full-day kindergarten for Colorado gains Senate OK, nears governor’s desk
Universal full-day kindergarten in Colorado is on its way to becoming reality after initial Senate…
April 13, 2019
Colorado legislative roundup: Bills aimed at helping at-risk students advance
Many of the education bills wending their way through the Colorado General Assembly aim to provide students with more than academics.
April 9, 2019
Colorado full-day kindergarten bill clears first legislative hurdle with unanimous support
Colorado’s long road to full-day kindergarten passed a first test Tuesday, winning House Education Committee approval. The unanimous vote, met with cheers and applause, came…
April 7, 2019
Colorado districts moving quickly toward full-day kindergarten, complicating funding debate
Large Colorado school districts that collectively serve thousands of children in half-day kindergarten programs are preparing to switch to full-day programs this fall, potentially pushing…
April 4, 2019
Full-day kindergarten across the nation: How does Colorado compare?
As Colorado's full-day kindergarten expansion plan nears the finish line, a look at how its kindergarten policies compare to other states.
February 19, 2019
Higher property values mean Colorado is getting back millions from schools
With student enrollment lower than anticipated and property tax revenues up in many districts, the state could get back as much as $77…
February 14, 2019
As lawmakers consider major preschool expansion, Colorado providers want more than just extra seats
With Gov. Jared Polis’ plan to expand Colorado’s state-funded preschool program, many early childhood educators are hoping for more flexibility along with new slots.
January 31, 2019
Following on his full-day kindergarten pitch, Colorado Gov. Polis highlights plans for 8,000 new preschool slots
After weeks of focusing on full-day kindergarten, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis spoke about his plans to create 8,000 new preschool slots by next fall.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Ready or Not
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line