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Governor:John Hickenlooper
Commissioner of Education:Katy Anthes
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:889,006
Number of school districts:262
Number of public schools:1,872
Number of public school teachers:51,388
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,985
Percent minority students:45.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:41.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.4%
Percent of English-language learners:12.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.7%
8th grade math:36.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.6%
8th grade reading:38.2%

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Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
In a case involving a Colorado student with autism, the Supreme Court will consider what level of benefits school districts must provide to students with disabilities.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
At Colorado's 4,000-student GOAL Academy, just 1 in 4 students uses the learning software each day. The founder helped direct millions of dollars to his for-profit management company.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
Across the country, interest is growing in such new types of non-charter management models. But multidistrict online schools have faced some of the same problems that plague cyber charters.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
Savvy lobbying, well-connected allies, and impassioned parents have helped keep online charters growing across states even in the face of often-poor results.
November 3, 2016 – Education Week
Northfield High School's first-year experience illustrates how difficult it is to remake a traditional high school.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School offers teenagers opportunities to run an urban farm and learn bicycle repair, along with more traditional academic studies.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week

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