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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.
October 13, 2016
Recruiting teachers to rural Colorado: Smaller classrooms and more freedom, but about that salary …
Short-term help is on the way for Colorado's rural school districts suffering from the strain of chronic teacher shortages.
March 3, 2016
Rural teachers bill gets scaled back but survives first committee test
A slimmed-down proposal to improve recruitment and retention of teachers in rural districts was passed 6-3 by the Senate Education Committee Thursday.
Growing teacher shortage
February 12, 2016
Colorado’s rural districts struggle to fill teaching jobs
A bill pending in the Colorado legislature proposes some modest steps to help small rural districts with the growing challenge of recruiting teachers.
Taking on SB 191
January 29, 2016
New bill would eliminate use of student growth data in teacher evaluations
An unlikely pair of senators has teamed up to mount an assault on Colorado's landmark educator evaluation law, which still hasn't been fully implemented after six years.
Hope for BEST
January 29, 2016
New schools could rise again through grant program if bill defies odds to become law
Supporters of the BEST school construction program are encouraged by Senate committee approval of the a bill that would raise a legal cap on annual program spending.
miles to go
June 15, 2015
Colorado makes gains in summer meal participation but still low-ranked nationally
When it comes to feeding low-income children during the summer months, New Mexico is at the front of the pack and Colorado brings up the rear.
Church and state
May 26, 2015
Teacher sues Florence district for alleged promotion of religion
A teacher Tuesday filed suit against the Florence school district, claiming unconstitutional promotion of religion at the district’s high school.
May 21, 2015
State construction grant will upgrade 93-year-old school
New grants recommended by the state’s school construction board include a $14.9 million project to renovate and expand a 93-year-old school for the rural Edison district.
October 31, 2014
School board testing discontent rumbles louder as more districts ask for waivers
Two more Colorado school boards have passed resolutions requesting waivers from state testing requirements, even though federal law bars such exemptions.
Loopholes to the rescue
August 20, 2014
For a rural district facing potential state intervention, an unexpected rescue
Karval School District’s time on the state’s watch list may have come to an end, thanks to a virtually unnoticed shift in state law. In a mid-June decision that caught many observers by surprise, Karval’s school board voted to close the struggling online school that had placed the small rural district on the list of the state’s lowest performing districts. But the reasons were just as surprising.
August 8, 2014
“The places are poor, and the people are poor.”
The southeastern Colorado town of Las Animas is fading, along with many rural towns. The Washington Post explores the intertwined fates of the town and its…
July 18, 2014
A portrait of the challenges of rural teaching, in teachers’ own words
Rural districts struggle to recruit and retain teachers due to low pay and remote locations. So why did these teachers decide to come -- and stay?
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