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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.
May 2, 2019
Colorado Senate rejects nicotine tax that would have boosted preschool spending
There was no discussion or debate before the Colorado Senate rejected the proposal, which had the backing of Gov. Jared Polis.
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.
Grading the instructor
April 22, 2019
Colorado teacher evaluation revamp stalls, but governor may take another look
Colorado’s controversial teacher evaluation system is likely to get a closer look, even if legislation to reduce the importance of test scores in that system…
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 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 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.
February 5, 2019
Denver district, union meet separately with Gov. Polis as he weighs intervention
The meetings came at the request of the state labor chief to “discuss the path forward” and to review an informal analysis by state budget officials of each proposal.
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.
January 15, 2019
Here’s how Colorado Gov. Jared Polis plans to pay for full-day kindergarten
Polis proposes to take advantage of rising property values to fund his top priority.
state of the state
January 10, 2019
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pushes ‘free kindergarten now’ in opening address
Some lawmakers of both parties have questioned whether full-day kindergarten is the best use of more than $200 million in scarce dollars.
Not necessarily united
January 2, 2019
Democrats control Colorado state government. Here’s what that means for education as the legislature opens
Democratic lawmakers don’t necessarily agree with incoming governor Jared Polis or among themselves.
December 18, 2018
Lawmakers pledge to ‘put some legs’ to new Colorado education plan
The legislators who served on the Education Leadership Council promised the final product wouldn’t languish on a shelf.
December 6, 2018
Could a new universal preschool program in a Colorado resort community help propel a statewide effort?
Colorado's Summit County will soon offer preschool assistance to all 4-year-olds, using proceeds from a new property tax approved by voters in November.
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