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Governor Jared Polis has announced the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing – a drawing that is designed to encourage young people to get their COVID-19 vaccine by giving five lucky winners a $50,000 postsecondary education scholarship.
The West Steps – Colorado Supreme Court issues affirmative ruling on a bill to fix our K-12 property tax system and here is what you need to know
For years, the level of funding for Colorado schools has been largely dependent on property wealth. This is primarily an unintended result of how Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) amendment, which restricted the amount of revenue the state collected and spent, was implemented.
Colorado Supreme Court issues affirmative ruling on HB21-1164, a bill to fix our K-12 property tax system
In March, Colorado legislators sent the Colorado Supreme Court a formal question, known as an interrogatory, seeking a constitutional ruling on a bill (HB21-1164) that would gradually equalize local school district property tax rates over the next two decades if passed. Today, the Supreme Court issued its 6-1 opinion, agreeing that the General Assembly’s proposed correction plan is constitutional. This is a major win for Colorado kids!
Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, provides families with funds to help purchase food if they have children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and attend a school participating in the National School Lunch Program.
With millions of students across the country continuing to face disruptions in their education, concerns about student learning and access to supplemental resources remain at the forefront. In our state, the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) hopes to change this. Recently, CEI partnered with Schoolhouse.world, a tutoring platform launched in early 2020, to help provide free, live tutoring to kids across the state.
College-going rates among students of color see an increase despite little change in statewide rates
The college-going rate in Colorado has remained relatively stable over the past 10 years. This is according to Pathways to Prosperity: Postsecondary Access and Success for Colorado’s High School Graduates – a report released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).
Data tell stories, and by understanding those stories, we can become better advocates for kids and families. But what happens when those data are not available?