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Past articles by Nicholas:

Proposals to raise more money for Colorado’s public schools inch closer to ballot

Proponents of increasing funding for Colorado’s public schools want to ask voters to increase taxes on state’s wealthiest residents. → Read More

Douglas County school board ends controversial voucher program

The Douglas County School Board voted Monday to end a controversial private-school voucher program and directed the school district to end a long-running legal battle that reached the nation’s highest court. → Read More

Should Colorado set a minimum salary for teachers?

Colorado education officials consider asking lawmakers to establish minimum teacher salary tied to the cost of living. → Read More

Why Hickenlooper wants to give some charter schools $5.5 million

If Mike Epke, principal of the New America School in Thornton, had a larger budget, he would like to spend it on technical training and intervention programs for his students. → Read More

Oil man, voucher proponent Alex Cranberg donates $20,000 to Douglas County school board candidates

Douglas County school board candidates who want to fight for district’s private-school voucher program get more money. → Read More

Spending on Colorado school board races by outside groups — especially in Douglas County, Denver — surpasses $1.5 million

Outside groups seeking to influence school board races in the Denver-metro area continue to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at a steady clip, new records show. → Read More

Colorado bows to federal pressure, will penalize schools for testing opt-out

State Board of Education will create two lists to monitor school testing opt-out rates to meet federal standards. → Read More

Betsy DeVos, in Denver visit, says minimum progress for students with disabilities is “preposterous”

Education secretary Betsy DeVos visits Firefly Autism, where she says kids with disabilities deserve to make more than just minimum progress. → Read More

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit Colorado this week

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will visit Colorado this week as part of her first major tour of schools since being confirmed, the federal education department announced Monday. → Read More

Colorado tells feds it needs more time to rethink standardized test opt-out policy

Colorado wants more time to meet federal requirements on letting students opt out of standardized tests. → Read More

Colorado lawmaker to propose allowing voters as young as 16 to take part in school board elections

A Colorado lawmaker thinks a key constituency should have a greater say about who serves on local school boards: students. → Read More

Candidates for governor Michael Johnston, Cary Kennedy collect donations from education reformers

Education-oriented donors continued to play an outsized role in fundraising for the Colorado governor’s race where all leading Democratic candidates have strong connections to the state's schools. → Read More

Colorado’s standardized tests set to change again –

For more than two decades, Colorado public school students have taken annual tests to measure how well they’ve mastered the state’s English and math learning standards. → Read More

From CSAP to PARCC, here’s how Colorado’s standardized tests have changed (and what’s next)

To help keep it all the changes straight, here is a timeline of the past, present and future of Colorado’s […] → Read More

Colorado Supreme Court ordered to reconsider Douglas County school voucher case

The edict comes a day after the nation’s highest court issued a ruling on a case that touched on similar […] → Read More

Pueblo schools must give more authority to management group, state board says

Thursday’s final plan is not far off from what Pueblo officials had originally suggested to improve student learning. → Read More

Colorado forges its own path with standardized tests, will stop giving PARCC English and math tests

Colorado will begin shifting away from standardized tests developed as part of a controversial multi-state effort and toward tests developed mostly by Colorado educators. → Read More

Colorado will no longer give PARCC English and math tests, forging its own path

However, Colorado will likely keep using some PARCC questions in the math and English tests given to students in grades […] → Read More

Colorado conservative takes on bigger role in expanding school choice across the nation –

For the past two years as Colorado state director of the conservative political group Americans For Prosperity, Michael Fields has advocated at the statehouse and the ballot box for free-market pol… → Read More

This Colorado conservative is taking a bigger role in expanding school choice across the nation

For the past two years as Colorado state director of the conservative political group Americans For Prosperity, Michael Fields has […] → Read More