Education

COMMENTARY

CU trades an insurrection speaker for a Steve Bannon apologist

BY: - September 20, 2021

What will it take for the University of Colorado to learn its lesson? The position of visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy at CU Boulder was never a good idea in conception, and it has proved humiliating in practice. It launched in 2013 for the express purpose of injecting right-wing teaching into course offerings. […]

Report: Most serious allegations against Tay Anderson unsubstantiated, but he flirted with student

BY: - September 16, 2021

“Most serious sexual allegations against Tay Anderson unsubstantiated, report finds” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. In a long-awaited report, a third-party investigator found that the most serious sexual misconduct allegations against Denver school board member Tay Anderson were not substantiated, but […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee on Friday finished a marathon markup of legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of […]

Some schools have tightened COVID-19 policies. Colorado Mesa University has loosened them. 

BY: - September 3, 2021

Colorado Mesa University has done things differently since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this academic year is no different. Unlike many other institutions of higher education in Colorado — including the University of Colorado system, University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado State University Fort Collins — CMU is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states, including Colorado, and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges […]

Two statewide tax initiatives qualify for 2021 Colorado ballot

BY: - August 27, 2021

Two tax measures are headed to Colorado’s 2021 statewide ballot after supporters submitted the required number of voter signatures, Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office announced this week. The measures, Initiatives 25 and 27, are the first to qualify for the 2021 ballot. Supporters submitted more than the 124,632 valid signatures — 5% of the […]

COMMENTARY

I quit teaching over COVID-19

BY: - August 25, 2021

It took 36 years, but I’ve finally left school. The end came shortly after University of Colorado administrators denied faculty the ability to teach remotely amid yet another COVID-19 surge. Following the denial, a stream of unusual advice for professors trickled in: anticipate chaos, get creative and, if necessary, call the police. Over the years, […]

Colorado offers COVID testing for every student in state, Gov. Polis announces

BY: - August 12, 2021

Colorado will offer a school-based COVID-19 testing program and provide masks to K-12 schools and school districts that want them, Gov. Jared Polis said during a Thursday press conference.  Colorado is recommending masks in schools, and will continue a mask delivery program across the state. Since the program’s launch this year, Colorado has delivered 8 […]

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Guide: Colorado colleges and universities issue COVID rules

BY: - August 12, 2021

Colleges and universities in Colorado are facing difficulties when it comes to issuing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends institutions of higher education promote the COVID-19 vaccine by offering vaccine clinics on campus or partnering with local vaccination sites. The CDC also encourages colleges and universities […]

Biden extends freeze on student loan payments to Jan. 31

BY: - August 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Friday afternoon that it is extending the pause on federal student loan repayments until January of next year, as the delta variant of the coronavirus surges across the country. “As our nation’s economy continues to recover from a deep hole, this final extension will give students and borrowers the […]

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Literacy rates are falling, and Democrats could lose big

BY: - July 28, 2021

Twenty-five years ago Republicans were more educated than Democrats. Today, the inverse is true. The education gap is readily apparent. Facts have become partisan, and Republicans have tossed whole science books out the window. It’s a strategy that appears ill-considered at first glance — after all, what good is letting a virus ransack your base? […]

Report: More than half of aspiring Colorado elementary teachers fail licensure exam on first try

BY: - July 26, 2021

“Report: More than half of aspiring Colorado elementary teachers fail their licensure exam on the first try; many don’t try again” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. More than half of prospective elementary teachers in Colorado fail their licensure exams on the […]