Fifteen hundred dollars a month was a small price for Candida Ring to pay to escape the virtual schooling the pandemic had her family stuck in, due to her daughter's medical fragility.

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Thousands of low-income college students in Colorado now have an easier path to food assistance during the pandemic, after the federal government issued temporary changes to its qualification policies for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program previously known as food stamps.

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Early childhood leaders said it’s too early to say which programs would be moved out of their current departments into a new early childhood agency, but possibilities include the state’s public preschool program and its child care subsidy program. 

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Officials in the Jeffco school district, one of the first Colorado districts to jump into remote learning after schools shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, say they’ve learned lessons that are helping to shape future remote learning.

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Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday effectively killed a bill that sought to mandate new schools be set back a minimum of 2,000 feet from oil and gas facilities.

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Property owners in some Colorado school districts would see gradual tax increases over the next two decades, ultimately generating hundreds of millions more each year for K-12 education, under a bill backed by Democrats in the state legislature.

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Three weeks after Colorado opened COVID vaccination to classroom teachers and child care workers, roughly 75% of eligible people have received their first shot, according to data released by state public health officials.

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Holding funding constant will allow the JBC to reduce the budget stabilization factor, the $1.173 billion debt owed to K-12 by the state, by $120.8 million, according to JBC analysts.

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Denver middle and high school students are gradually returning to classrooms for the first time in more than 10 months, with in-person classes set to start by Monday at the latest. Many schools are reopening with a hybrid model that combines in-person and remote learning. 

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“To recognize and elevate the profession of educators in our society and the cornerstone that our schools of all types provide, we will be able to successfully vaccinate with a highly effective lifesaving vaccine,” said Gov. Jared Polis.