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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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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
If a friend hadn't turned him over to cops in November, 15-year-old Charles would most likely still be dealing medical marijuana.
February 6, 2012 – Education Week
Denver's recent local school board election had national implications, and it also asked voters to consider the definition of education reform, writes Kayla McGannon.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week
School budget cuts imposed by governors and state lawmakers in the past year loom as an electoral issue in 2012.
November 9, 2011 – Education Week
As voters cast their ballots, conventional wisdom about Prop. 103 goes something like this: They won’t support a statewide tax increase in tough economic times.
November 1, 2011 – Education Week
Five years ago, state auditors blasted the Colorado Department of Education for failing to monitor online public schools that, among other issues, improperly funneled public money to private schools.
October 6, 2011 – Education Week
An independent analysis of previously unreleased online school data reveals key new findings and an achievement gap that alarmed education officials.
October 5, 2011 – Education Week
Colorado taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on online schools that are largely failing their elementary and high school students, state education records and interviews with school officials show.
October 3, 2011 – Education Week
The teaching expert used a Denver courtroom Friday afternoon to give a seminar on teaching best practices and implementation of standards-based reforms
August 22, 2011 – Education Week
The judge ruled that the district's unusual voucher plan violated religious and financial provisions of the state constitution.
August 15, 2011 – Education Week

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