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Tuesday Churn: Demographic update

What’s churning:

Beyond the big statistics about enrollment, the annual state student count released last month contains a wealth of information about student demographics and changes over time.

The Colorado School Finance Project has parsed the 2011-12 statistics and reports for details on special populations. Among the findings:

  • Enrollment has grown by more than 100,000 students in a decade
  • Students eligible for free- and reduced-price lunches are now 41 percent of enrollment
  • More than 123,000 students have a primary language other than English
  • The number of special education students has remained fairly constant while the gifted population is growing

Get full details here. And check out the Department of Education’s enrollment reports here.

What’s on tap:


The Aurora school board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in the district offices at 1085 Peoria St. Agenda

The Douglas County school board has a 7 p.m. meeting scheduled at district headquarters, 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock. Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a vocal critic of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, is scheduled as a guest speaker on that subject. Agenda


The state Capitol Construction Assistance Board meets 1-3:30 p.m. at the Colorado Association of School Boards, 1200 Grant St. Agenda


The State Board of Education holds a special meeting 2-4 p.m. to be briefed on the proposed regulations for teacher appeals under SB 10-191 and to discussion pending legislation. The session will be in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave. Agenda

Good reads from elsewhere:

President in the classroom: Inside Higher Education has an interesting article on Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler and how her class on the economics of higher education provided some interesting insights to CC students.

The EdNews’ Churn is a daily roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at

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