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Leslie Colwell

About Leslie Colwell

Leslie Colwell serves as the Vice President of K-12 Education Initiatives, leading the Campaign’s work to improve education in the state of Colorado. Before joining the Children’s Campaign in August of 2014, Leslie worked to facilitate partnerships and produce policy agreements, especially in the area of education, as an Associate at The Keystone Center. Her professional experience includes working as Legislative Director for State Senator Mike Johnston, managing his education policy portfolio (including his office’s work on HB12-1238, Colorado’s READ Act, and SB13-033, ASSET) and directing a policy fellowship for educators for three summers. Leslie has also worked on Teach For America’s alumni team, and before that taught 6th grade Math and Earth Science as a TFA corps member at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles.

New website presents easy-to-understand school and district financial information

Want to know what a public school near you is spending per student, and where the money goes? Or whether your school district spends more or less per student than neighboring districts? The Financial Transparency for Colorado Schools website, launched …

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Share your voice: Statewide tour to address educator shortages

The Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education are embarking on a series of town hall meetings across the state to gather input for a strategic plan to address the educator shortages impacting Colorado. These meetings will …

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Coalition of child advocates urges State Board action on Colorado’s education plan

Following up on a letter that was sent to Colorado Commissioner of Education Katy Anthes in March, this week the Equity in Colorado Coalition released a statement urging State Board of Education members to reconsider four key areas of the …

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Children’s Campaign Staff Attend Facing Race Conference in Atlanta

Last week I attended the Facing Race conference in Atlanta along with colleagues Jessica Franklin, Grants Coordinator, Beza Taddess, Communications and Policy Coordinator, and Sarah Barnes, Policy Analyst. Hosted by Race Forward, an organization founded in 1981 to advance racial …

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Share your Perceptions of the Colorado Academic Standards with the Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education invites all stakeholders in public education to share their perceptions of the Colorado Academic Standards in an online survey through Nov. 13. Results from the survey will inform planning for the upcoming review of the …

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Sheridan/Littleton School District Border is Ninth Most Segregating in the Country

This week, EdBuild released the report Fault Lines, illustrating the ways hyper-localized school district boundaries in our country perpetuate racial and socioeconomic segregation. Here in Colorado, the report highlighted the border between Sheridan and Littleton. On one side is a …

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Equity Focus of Upcoming Summit on Federal Education Law

Next Tuesday, Colorado leaders will convene to discuss and drive equity in the implementation of the nation’s new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Legislators, community organizations, and education stakeholders will develop shared principles, unpack challenges and …

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State Board of Education, Recognizing Equity Concerns, Rejects “Combined Subgroups”

Colorado schools and districts will continue to be rated based in part on how well they serve groups of historically underserved students, the State Board of Education decided last week. Colorado Department of Education staff had proposed replacing disaggregated subgroups …

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Listening Tour for New Federal Education Law Announced

In May, Colorado Department of Education (CDE) officials will launch a statewide tour to gather the public’s input and feedback on how Colorado should implement components of the country’s new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Congress …

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Colorado Supreme Court to Hear Mutual Consent Lawsuit

Colorado’s highest court announced this week that it will hear a lawsuit brought by current and former Denver Public Schools teachers alleging that DPS is misusing the state’s educator effectiveness law to eliminate teachers with non-probationary status, or tenure. We …

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