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Governor:Jared Polis
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:42.4%
8th grade math:38.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.9%
8th grade reading:40.5%

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In the wake of anti-immigrant violence, we must help make sure that all students feel welcomed, writes Susana Cordova.
August 20, 2019 – Education Week
Some teenagers in Colorado, where marijuana is legal for adults, are shifting away from smoking in favor of edible cannabis products, a study released Monday shows.
August 5, 2019 – AP
As more schools aim to address students’ social and emotional needs, some are using meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices to address misbehavior and stress. But the research on the effectiveness of such practices is mixed.
May 23, 2019 – Education Week
A group of Colorado students who led a peaceful protest at their school learned a hard lesson about civics from school administrators—and it didn’t come from textbooks.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
Amid the teacher strikes and activism that roiled the nation last fall, school districts in California, Colorado, and Washington signed labor contracts they now say they cannot afford.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
Gifted education programs can support academically advanced students or, in some cases, hold them back. Four studies presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting show how.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
In Denver, teachers will go on strike Monday to protest a performance-pay system that’s been in place for 15 years. The dispute is illustrative of a larger national shift away from differentiated pay.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
After campaigning on the expansion of preschool and other early-childhood programs, governors in California, Colorado, and elsewhere are reflecting those priorities in their budget pitches.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week

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