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May 1, 2019
With loan forgiveness and stipends, Colorado lawmakers hope to lure teachers to rural districts
Rural superintendents could soon have a more compelling pitch for job candidates who are on the fence.
Push and pull
April 18, 2019
Colorado School Finance Act advances amid questions about rural funding
A $7.4 billion bill to fund Colorado’s K-12 schools took its first step Thursday with unanimous approval from the Senate Education committee, despite differences on…
April 15, 2019
Tax windfall will benefit Colorado schools, especially rural ones
Colorado schools can expect a financial boost from changes to local property tax collections. The Public School Finance Act, expected to be introduced in the…
winners and losers
November 3, 2018
Amendment 73: What happens if voters put an extra $1.6 billion into Colorado’s broken school finance system?
A Gordian knot, a debacle, indefensible: Everyone agrees Colorado needs a better way to fund its schools.
June 27, 2018
Tennessee teachers have a new voice. Meet the next leader of the state’s largest teacher group
When Beth Brown takes office July 1 as the new president of the Tennessee Education Association, she’ll become the youngest elected leader of…
May 4, 2018
Why Colorado’s teacher shortage bills fall short
The legislative effort to address Colorado's teacher shortages will have only a modest impact because it fails to tackle the root causes.
Carrots not sticks
May 4, 2018
Here’s how Colorado lawmakers are spending $10 million to reduce the teacher shortage
Colorado is following the path laid out by research. What will matter is how these programs are implemented and sustained over time.
blessing and a curse
April 11, 2018
Tales from inside Colorado’s teacher shortage: housing for horses and recruiters without interviews
With some Colorado school districts desperate to fill jobs in science, math and special education, sought-after candidates got the hard sell at a recent job fair.
year in review
December 22, 2017
State leaders took a hard look at the teacher shortage in 2017
The problem of teacher shortages has plagued some Colorado school districts for years, but it reached a tipping point of sorts in 2017.
June 21, 2017
New report blasts Colorado for allowing tiny districts to net more school funding by breaking away from larger districts
A new EdBuild report on school districts that break away from larger districts criticizes Colorado for incentivizing that path in rural Yuma County.
June 6, 2017
Who isn’t excited about Betsy DeVos’s school choice plans? Once again, lawmakers from rural states
“We don’t have that luxury of [school choice], because we have a lot of schools consolidated already,” said West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
April 11, 2017
Not just a Front Range problem: Young boys of color are more likely to be suspended in rural Colorado, too
A Chalkbeat examination of state suspension data shows that such methods disproportionately impact young boys, especially boys of color, in Colorado's rural districts.
January 5, 2017
People who say geography means rural areas can’t share in Trump’s school choice vision are wrong. Here’s why
Having worked with rural schools for 28 years, I know that geography isn’t an insurmountable hurdle.
November 23, 2016
Rural Americans helped elect Donald Trump, but his ideas won’t help their schools. What will?
The funding in Donald Trump’s education plan could make a big difference. But tying those benefits to school choice doesn’t make sense.
How many is too many?
November 2, 2016
Not all schools want the state telling them how to assess whether kids are ready for kindergarten. Here’s why.
The State Board of Education has granted scores of kindergarten readiness assessment waivers, worrying early childhood advocates and some board members too.
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