Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat

Erica Meltzer

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Denver, CO, United States

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This Colorado proposal could send charter-district disputes to the courts

Some school districts are applauding the potential change, while charter leaders fear they would be at a disadvantage. → Read More

Is the future of teaching homegrown? Colorado lawmakers hope so.

The track record of "grow your own" teacher programs is mixed, but the appeal is significant as a way to create an educator workforce rooted in community. → Read More

Colorado legislators advance teacher pay fund, kill bonus pay proposal

A union-backed bill that would create a fund that cash-strapped districts could tap for pay raises advanced out of the Senate Education Committee Wednesday. → Read More

Have you faced hair discrimination in school? Chalkbeat wants to hear from you.

Colorado could join a growing list of states with a “Crown Act,” legislation that protects against discrimination based on hairstyle. → Read More

Why does Colorado have so few teachers of color? A new bill seeks to find out

Almost half of Colorado students are students of color, but 87% of teachers are white. Greater Colorado teacher diversity could improve student performance. → Read More

What happened to free? Colorado Gov. Polis has changed how he talks about preschool

The shift in rhetoric from "free preschool" to "universal access" is happening around the country. → Read More

Polis pitches preschool expansion, insists Colorado can afford it

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis supports a preschool expansion that will ensure every 4-year-old has access. → Read More

Poll by conservative education group finds bipartisan support for choice, charters

Ready Colorado released the poll results to demonstrate what it sees as broad bipartisan support for education bills sponsored by Republican lawmakers. → Read More

Our top stories of 2019 — and what to look for in 2020

From the Denver teachers strike to the launch of free full-day kindergarten statewide, Colorado education news made headlines this year. → Read More

Fairer to whom? Colorado considers redividing the pie with a new school finance formula

There is widespread agreement that the current school funding model is unfair and doesn't address student needs. But changing it is politically challenging. → Read More

Colorado releases school ratings amid ongoing debate about how to measure performance

Slightly fewer Colorado schools this year earned one of the state's two lowest ratings, in data released Wednesday. → Read More

Union survey: Many Colorado teachers willing to walk out to protest school funding

Colorado's teachers union has not always been able to translate activism into legislative victories. → Read More

New school board, same superintendent: Denver likely to give Susana Cordova a chance to lead

One of the chief jobs of a school board is to hire and fire the superintendent. → Read More

Jeffco school board gets a critical new voice as Susan Miller takes seat

The winners of the Jeffco school board election could face difficult decisions about school consolidation and closure. → Read More

Fact-checking a pro-reform Denver school board mailer making claims about choice and pollution

The mailer’s rhetoric speaks to the stakes of the election, which could see a change in the board majority. → Read More

Final-hour union-backed Denver school board mailers evoke Trump, DeVos, and teacher strike

These are the latest negative mailers in what has become a heated, big-money Denver school board election. → Read More

Colorado Gov. Polis calls for 6,000 more state-funded preschool spots in 2020 budget request

After securing funding for full-day kindergarten in 2019, Gov. Jared Polis is pushing to fulfill another campaign promise. → Read More

Large achievement gaps remain even as Denver students’ scores tick up on national test

The test is an important marker of how America’s students are doing and how that’s changed over time. → Read More

In a snow day about-face, Denver metro area schools send students home early

Decisions about whether to hold school in bad weather often come in for heavy criticism and second-guessing. → Read More

Park County teachers set one-week strike deadline

The decision to announce a strike date raises the stakes for any negotiations that take place between union representatives and district officials. → Read More