Erica Meltzer

Colorado Bureau Chief

Erica Meltzer has covered everything from cops to water policy in 20+ years in journalism. She joined Chalkbeat in 2018 after helping found the local news site Denverite. She’s passionate about telling the human story behind policy decisions. Tips? Feedback? Write me at

Colorado’s school finance committee recommends increasing special education funding. A broader rewrite of Colorado’s school funding formula could still come later this session.
Board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson says an argument between him and Brandon Pryor at his workplace crossed the line into threats, a claim Pryor disputes.
A Colorado Education Association member survey found teachers are worried about mass shootings and political interference. Staffing shortages feel worse than ever.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis delivered the first State of the State of his second term and said he wants to eliminate state withholding of education money by the time he leaves office.
Colorado voters have turned down similar proposals before. Supporters hope the pandemic has helped the public see schools differently.
Rebecca McClellan will chair the nine-member State Board of Education and oversee a search for a new commissioner.
This year’s first bills filed by Colorado lawmakers indicate priorities like mental health, teacher supply, and high school for adults.
Long-term budget constraints will influence how much Colorado General Assembly can spend on education.
School closures, leadership turnover, social studies debates, and more. Here’s a look at our top stories of the year.
Education issues the Colorado legislature may address in 2023 include youth mental health, school safety, and teacher shortages.
The Colorado State Board of Education will discuss the process for selecting a replacement early next year.
“There are areas where we can evolve and do better,” said the head of the Colorado Association of School Executives. “We need an accountability system that incentivizes innovation.”
Colorado’s school rating system accurately identifies low-performing schools and helps them improve, an audit of the accountability system finds.
Joyce Rankin has been a forceful advocate for improved reading instruction. She plans to step down as Democrats expand their majority on the State Board.
Rico Munn was the 2019 Colorado superintendent of the year. He will transition to a “support role” in Aurora Public Schools starting in January.
The State Board of Education is growing from seven seats to nine seats. Find election results here.
Past efforts to overhaul Colorado school funding have hit political roadblocks. Could this be the year?
Colorado is moving in the opposite direction of states under Republican control that are limiting how teachers can talk about race, gender, and sexuality.
Community groups are rallying to urge the Colorado State Board of Education to adopt inclusive social studies standards after months of debate.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made kindergarten and preschool key to his first term. How will he tackle the challenges ahead?
The 2022 election will determine which party controls Colorado’s State Board of Education and who decides critical education issues.
Los candidatos a gobernador de Colorado respondieron 8 preguntas sobre temas de educación. Lee las respuestas en nuestra guía.
The Democratic governor says education is on the right track, but his GOP opponent wants a new direction.
In surprise about-face, MCT is saved from closure. Students gave emotional testimony this week to keep their small high school open.
Colorado’s State Board of Education is growing from seven to nine seats, and political control of the body that sets education policy could be at stake in November’s election.
Democratic State Board members said the American Birthright civics program was “too extreme.” Instead, Colorado schools will use civics standards developed by Colorado teachers.