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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

It’s Weird, I Know, But Here’s How Marijuana Money Is Helping Students

Marijuana legalization used to be a dicey subject, one that was considered impossible. But funny things happen once you show what a marijuana sales tax…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

Colorado’s ESSA Plan Doesn’t Quite Get All Kids Across the Goal Line

As Colorado updates its accountability system to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we have the opportunity to rethink how it provides both…

By Lisa Berdie

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Posted Apr. 7, 2017

When “Accountability” Is No Longer Accountability

As an early participant in the movement to bring greater accountability to education, I have always thought that the work of accountability would be in…

By Sandy Kress

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Posted Aug. 10, 2016

‘Subgroup’ Isn’t Just a Term for Data Nerds, It’s a Key to Social Justice and Equity

States across the country are working to develop their new school accountability systems as required by the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds…

By Jose Alanis

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Posted July 27, 2016

Coffee Break: Supt. Charlotte Ciancio on the Power of Unified Vision, Cutting-Edge School Choice, and Community Trust

On the northern edge of Denver sits a cutting-edge school district that has made remarkable progress over the past decade in serving primarily low-income families. Charlotte…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

It’s a Challenge, But Colorado Has to Raise the Bar For Our Students

Pop quiz: If you set a goal for yourself, let’s say running a mile in under eight minutes, and you realize the goal will be…

By Alan Gottlieb

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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