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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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Under the proposed plan, families for the first time would be able to use one form to apply to traditional DPS schools, magnets, or charter schools.
June 27, 2011 – Education Week
Two lawsuits filed Tuesday in Denver District Court seek to shut down Douglas County's pilot voucher plan, set to launch this fall with up to 500 students.
June 22, 2011 – Education Week
There also was broader good news in the revenue forecasts, although it was tempered by continued economic uncertainty and other challenges.
June 21, 2011 – Education Week
Denver Public Schools and its teachers union could need help from the courts to settle a dispute over how long veteran teachers who have lost their jobs must continue to be paid.
May 23, 2011 – Education Week
The six-week program uses the arts as a tool to get youngsters to reflect on mental health, to develop positive outlets for adolescent angst, and to provide them with conflict resolution and social skills that will come in useful during their journey to adulthood.
May 13, 2011 – Education Week
Robert Hammond, who has been serving as Colorado's commissioner of education since December, is expected to be formally hired by the State Board of Education next week.
May 3, 2011 – Education Week
For decades, annual contract talks between the two sides have been held behind closed doors—standard practice in most Colorado school districts. But this year, a conservative group and others began publicly calling for the talks to be open.
April 20, 2011 – Education Week
With interest flourishing in the Douglas County, Colo., voucher pilot, school district officials are working to create the funding mechanism that will allow public dollars to flow through parents to private schools.
March 23, 2011 – Education Week
Douglas County school board members voted 7-0 Tuesday to launch Colorado's first district-run voucher pilot, using state per-pupil funding to help up to 500 students attend private schools this fall.
March 16, 2011 – Digital Directions

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