How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

New York Times: The Upshot | Claire Cain Miller “[Early childhood care and education] is unaffordable for many families, yet teachers are underpaid. The solution…is to finance preschool with public funding instead of private tuition and to pay teachers much more.” Colorado’s Proposition EE was not the only ballot measure designed to improve the affordability of…

Colorado’s Older Teachers Face a Crossroads: Risk Coronavirus or Retire?

Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin “Every day, something new is getting piled on us,” said Holst, who is 52. “Teachers are going to have a breaking point.” Older members of Colorado’s education workforce, who are more susceptible to COVID-19, are approaching a difficult decision as more schools experience outbreaks this fall. Read more from The…

Proposition EE, Nicotine Tax Measure for Universal Preschool, Cruises to Victory

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “First and foremost, our 4-year-olds, each one of them, regardless of their family’s wealth or circumstances will be able to start school prepared for success.” Proposition EE, which aims to fund statewide universal pre-kindergarten through increased taxes on vaping and nicotine products, was passed by Colorado voters yesterday (68% for,…

On Pandemic Learning Loss, School Districts Look Forward, Not Back

Chalkbeat & Associated Press | Patrick Wall & Kantele Franko “Frankly, what we lost is less of an issue than where a kid is starting from.” Chalkbeat’s national team and the Associated Press team up to look at how priorities differ between education policymakers and school officials. While the policy-minded are looking at long-term conditions…

Setting the Foundation for Safe, Supportive, and Equitable School Climates

Child Trends | Iris Jacob, Deborah Temkin, Yosmary Rodriguez, Obioma Okogbue, Suzanne Greenfield, Ryan Roemerman “Whether a school is able to support in-person instruction is a local decision that may depend on many more factors other than the level of virus in a community, such as staffing, facility, or student needs.” A new toolkit from…