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Recent articles by Erica:

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

Raising the bar or moving the goalposts? Changes pending for Colorado school rating system

It could soon be harder for Colorado schools to earn the state’s top ratings. → Read More

Superintendents: Colorado schools must evolve to prepare students for a changing economy

Five rural, urban, and suburban superintendents spoke Monday at an annual superintendents forum hosted by the Public Education and Business Coalition. → Read More

Harvard president to help Success Academy send off its second crop of graduates

Lawrence Bacow will be the keynote speaker at Success’s second graduation in June, the 47-school network announced Monday. → Read More

Photo Gallery: Dogs of the Denver teacher strike, plus one lizard

Got a good photo of a Denver teacher strike dog? Or any other teacher strike companion animal? → Read More

Colorado’s top education officials support Gov. Polis’ full-day kindergarten proposal

The Colorado State Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of paying for full-day kindergarten. → Read More

Liveblog: Follow Denver’s teacher pay negotiations here

Denver Public Schools administrators and Denver Classroom Teachers Association, the teachers union, are scheduled to meet all day Thursday and Friday, if necessary, to try to reach an agreement on the district's controversial pay-for-performance system, ProComp. We'll be updating this post as there is news to report. → Read More

Colorado lawmakers think they can still find a school finance fix that eluded them for two years

Near the end of its tenure, a special legislative committee on school finance issues is asking for more time. → Read More

Report: Colorado takes a hands-off approach when schools don’t serve students well

The Collaborative for Student Success evaluated the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act plans in 17 states, including Colorado. → Read More

Wins, losses, and split decisions: Here’s how Colorado school district tax measures fared

The widespread success of local school taxes contrasted with the fate of Amendment 73, a statewide tax increase for education. → Read More

Colorado teachers want smaller class sizes, union survey finds

Some studies have found a strong relationship between smaller class sizes and better student performance. → Read More

Amendment 73: Understanding the tax increase for education

Amendment 73 comes on the heels of teacher protests here and around the nation that have raised awareness of low pay and other unmet classroom needs. → Read More

Colorado gets $55 million to support charter school expansion

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help charter schools with start-up costs and trainings. → Read More

These five Colorado schools won the nation's top education honor

The U.S. Department of Education recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools. → Read More

Pencils, shelving, wiggly chairs: What Colorado teachers bought for their classrooms — and why

Chalkbeat reached out to teachers around the state to ask how much they spent out of pocket on their classrooms. → Read More

What do you say to a young child who might be at risk for suicide?

Talking about suicide with young children can feel scary or inappropriate, but broaching the subject can save lives. → Read More

What do you say to a young child who might be at risk for suicide?

Talking about suicide with young children can feel scary or inappropriate, but broaching the subject can save lives. → Read More

Colorado voters will decide on $1.6 billion tax increase for education

Initiative 93 represents the third attempt in seven years to raise money for education. → Read More

What the primary results in Colorado’s governor’s race mean for education

Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton are seeking to replace Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. → Read More

What you need to know to follow the money debate behind the teacher walkouts

What do people mean when they say Colorado schools are underfunded? → Read More