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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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Colorado has launched a statewide program to create paid apprenticeships for high school students in high-need industries.
September 27, 2017 – Education Week
Members of Colorado's largest teachers' union plan to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when she visits Denver, reportedly to address the American Legislative Exchange Council at its annual meeting.
July 18, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
In an effort to close opportunity gaps, let’s position families to lead the movement for change, writes Veronica Palmer of RISE Colorado.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
The Boulder Valley District in Colorado built an online portal called MyPassport, intended to guide educators to professional development that matches their needs.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act entitles students to a better education than they often receive, writes Brent Betit.
April 12, 2017 – Education Week
Colorado’s new teacher-evaluation laws relied on partial data, had few supporters, and created unnecessary bureaucracy, writes CEO of A+ Colorado Van Schoales.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Teacher-evaluation and tenure-reform laws have great potential, but transformative change takes time, says Scott Laband.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week

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