Efforts to improve education in Southwest Colorado just became harder

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Efforts to improve education in Southwest Colorado just became harder

State budget cuts further exacerbate educational gap
An empty playground in the Montezuma-Cortez School District. The state of Colorado faces a $621 million reduction in education spending this year, which could impact rural schools hardest, because they are already struggling with low teacher pay, lack of internet connectivity and reduced counseling services.

Efforts to improve education in Southwest Colorado just became harder

An empty playground in the Montezuma-Cortez School District. The state of Colorado faces a $621 million reduction in education spending this year, which could impact rural schools hardest, because they are already struggling with low teacher pay, lack of internet connectivity and reduced counseling services.
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The Unprecedented project was created to shine a spotlight on the educators, counselors and local leaders who are providing mental health support, building internet access and developing a whole new curriculum and learning environment during a global pandemic that practically halted the education system.
The people included in the article have turned challenges into opportunities, for both themselves and their students.
Despite the budget shortfall in the state of Colorado, this project showcases why school districts in rural areas deserve continued funding from the state or other interested entities.
I would like to thank Sherrell Lang, fellow with NACA Inspired School Network, for instilling the value and importance of this perspective.
Emily Hayes

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