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A+ Stay Sharp: 5.29.2020

Colorado students and teachers seek closure while finishing an unprecedented school year that brought us drive-through graduation ceremonies, funding deficits at the state legislature, and a myriad of other complex challenges throughout the education system. As the novel coronavirus has continued; Colorado teachers and school leaders have stepped up to the challenges and we’re so…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 8

As the state transitions to Safer at Home, A+ Colorado will be transitioning from our weekly COVID-19 Response Digest back to our Stay Sharp Newsletter. In a world where change is happening daily, we remain committed to bringing you timely news and research to keep you informed on education in Colorado and connect you with…

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7 Principles for School District Budgeting in a Time of Financial Armageddon

This post originally appeared in The 74 on 5/17/2020. Colorado school district boards are about to make the most difficult financial decisions of their lives. Never have school boards or district financial leaders been asked to make such deep cuts in their budgets. School district budget decisions in the next month will have a profound impact on…

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Getting Clearer on the State Budget… and impending Cuts

Legislative Council Staff and the Office of Planning and Budgeting delivered updated economic and revenue forecasts. With an expected 25% reduction in overall revenue, in addition to other factors, a $3.3 billion shortfall in the state budget is expected heading into next year. Additionally, based on projected declines in local shares and mill levy overrides,…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 7

As the state of Colorado is gradually moving closer to “re-opening” the historic and unprecedented circumstances caused by Coronavirus will linger, posing significant threats across levels of education from the statehouse to the classrooms. This week’s Stay Sharp Digest includes our recent panel discussions on the topics of supporting students in the transition to higher…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 6

Colorado’s teachers take on one of the highest and most noble professions, shaping the hearts and minds for the future of the Centennial state. We’re grateful for the talented and passionate teachers throughout #EdColo and recognize their commitment to students in the midst of the Global Pandemic. This National Teacher Appreciation week, make your favorite…

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What are teaching expectations during COVID-19 school closures

Educators, like many health and other essential workers are stepping up in remarkable ways to serve students and families. Jimmy Fallon said and sang it well on last night’s Tonight Show, Many Colorado educators spend far more time than they did a few months ago connecting with students remotely, on their porches or through phone…

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Dire Education Finance Decisions coming in May and June

Dire Education Finance Decisions coming in May and June As unemployment numbers grow in Colorado and across the nation, the forecasts for state and local tax revenue become increasingly dire. Current projected shortfalls are looking to be north of $3 billion (the state budget had been projected at about $13.4 billion with K-12 making up…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 5

As the Coronavirus has continued to present unprecedented challenges for students, families, and district leaders; our Colorado teachers have responded with their familiar creativity, patience, and resilience. We’re grateful for our teachers; especially heading into Teacher Appreciation Week. Follow our social media channels next week to share gratitude for your favorite teachers.  This week’s Stay…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 4

As Colorado districts and students face the realities of school closure for the remainder of the academic year, we continue to find ourselves grappling with more questions than answers for the future of education. A+ Colorado and Education Reform Now teamed up to host a conversation where many of these questions were answered with hopeful…

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