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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 emeltzer@chalkbeat.org.

In an interview with Chalkbeat, State Epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy explains why she thinks Colorado’s approach to COVID in schools should evolve.
Supporters of a Colorado school funding measure to raise teacher pay failed to gather enough signatures to make the November ballot.
School districts around Colorado are raising teacher pay in an effort to stay competitive amid widespread staffing shortages.
The merger of Rocky Mountain Prep and STRIVE Prep will create one system serving more than 5,000 students from preschool through 12th grade.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges Denver Public Schools recruited employees to serve as AmeriCorps volunteers and get benefits for doing their regular jobs.
Denver classroom aides will start earning $20 an hour this school year, with custodians and food service workers to follow. The district is competing with rising private sector wages.
The Republican race in the 8th Congressional District was the only contested primary among four open seats on the State Board of Education.
Partisan control is at stake as the State Board of Education grows from seven to nine seats. Cultural issues are taking precedence over education reform.
Peggy Propst and Cody LeBlanc are competing to be the Republican candidate for the Colorado State Board of Education 8th Congressional District seat.
A new poll from Magellan Strategies measures voter attitudes on a range of education issues.
Escuelas con menos de 275 estudiantes y cada vez menos matrícula deben consolidarse, dice un comité de Denver.
Schools with fewer than 275 students and declining enrollment should be targeted for consolidation, Denver committee says.
Colorado’s teacher evaluation system hasn’t changed in more than a decade. A new law will give less weight to test scores and more training to evaluators.
Supporters hope the law signed by Gov. Jared Polis will prevent aspiring teachers from giving up and diversifies the profession.
Intense political rhetoric seems to be driving pessimism about public schools, a Magellan Strategies poll found, but many voters still like teachers and want to pay them more.
This year’s school finance act includes a 6% increase in per-pupil spending. Other bills signed into law expand college access, help rural districts, and boost special education funding.
Los electores de Colorado decidirán en noviembre si cubrir el costo de las comidas para todos los estudiantes.
Universal preschool, more money for K-12 schools, and inroads on college access were some of the achievements of the 2022 Colorado General Assembly.
Chris Gibbons’ departure comes as Denver charter schools are challenged by declining enrollment and shifting political winds. He acknowledged that dynamic in a letter to families.
A Colorado school discipline reform bill limits handcuffing, requires parents be told when students are restrained, and makes more data publicly available.
School lunch programs grew during the pandemic. With federal waivers set to expire, lawmakers are asking voters to maintain that progress.
All Colorado students have had access to free lunch for the last two years. Lawmakers are considering a ballot measure to continue that benefit.
Colorado lawmakers are increasing funding for schools next year, but inflation and potential property tax limits complicate the future.
Colorado school districts that struggle to pass extra taxes known as mill levy overrides could get help from a proposed state matching program — if it gets funded.
Some Colorado school districts voluntarily recognize employee unions, but education sector workers won’t get any new rights this year.
Free universal preschool has been a dream of Colorado early childhood advocates for years. Now the preschool expansion is law — and the real work begins.
A Colorado bill seeks to improve school discipline practices and promote a better learning environment. Opponents say it will drown them in paperwork.
New America School teachers had hoped to form Colorado’s first charter school union, but the charter board voted down the effort.
Lawmakers said the proposal will ultimately help providers and lower costs for families — though not right away.
The goal is more supportive schools. Advocates are starting with more data collection, better policies for school resource officers, and a near-ban on handcuffing students.