Is Colorado ready for more recess and less testing? That's what Colorado's Teacher of the Year observed this summer in one of the best ranked school systems in the world.
Colorado needs teachers. Thousands of them. The crisis is most acute in rural Colorado, where turnover is high.
Field Elementary was struggling, so officials decided to do something different. They gave the school extra money. It was called the "Field Initiative."
- The figures, adjusted for inflation, show that teachers in 2014 made $12,500 less on average, then they did in 1992.Read more
Statistics show many teachers want to work second jobs. Website ByaTeacher.com matches them with potential employers.
The Bethune schools superintendent says she used to get U.S. applications. "Now we just don't get applicants, period," she said.
So far this year, enrollments in Colorado teacher prep schools are down 23 percent from five years ago.
- A similar deadlock was reached last year. Mediation was unsuccessful and the district board ultimately imposed contract terms.Read more