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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:36.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.7%
8th grade reading:40.5%

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A proposed change to Colorado's constitution may test the public's appetite for a retooled school funding formula in an uncertain economic climate.
October 23, 2013 – Education Week
Just eliminating suspensions and expulsions is not a workable solution to school discipline problems, argues one group of educators.
July 10, 2013 – Education Week
In Jefferson County, Colo., Superintendent Cynthia M. Stevenson and teachers' union President Kerrie Dallman showed that it's not impossible for districts and unions to collaborate on tough decisions.
February 6, 2013 – Education Week
The schools in the program are providing an education nearly identical to that of the highest-performing charter schools in the country.
June 6, 2012 – Education Week
New organizations are making their impact felt in statehouses on issues such as teacher evaluation and charter schools.
May 16, 2012 – Education Week
A Colorado school takes the vision of career-readiness seriously by offering students rigorous course options in medical studies, business, STEM, arts, and other fields.
May 3, 2012 – Education Week
Four years into a bold effort to adopt competency-based learning, the Adams 50 district is still working out the kinks.
March 28, 2012 – Education Week
As districts move in this direction, they are taking a harder look at how they will evaluate their local models of virtual education.
March 15, 2012 – Education Week
The proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries near schools, the target of a crackdown by federal prosecutors, is vexing school officials dealing with increases in drug violations.
February 6, 2012 – Education Week
Medical marijuana dispensaries are located near schools in Colorado and advertise their products as "healthy," but officials are cracking down on illegal marijuana usage.
February 6, 2012 – Education Week

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