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  • Students and teachers are heading back to classrooms this week. Keeping schools staffed - from cafeteria workers to instructors - is an ongoing challenge. The high cost of living in many parts of Colorado has become a huge issue.
  • The Ute Mountain Ute tribe is raising money to open a grocery store on its reservation. Federal COVID-19 waivers for free school lunch will end when the school year is over. And summer water restrictions in Cortez take effect on Sunday and will remain in place until September 15.
  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill Monday to roll out free preschool classes starting next year. Governor Polis also signed a $36 billion dollar state budget for next year. And the Montezuma County Fairgrounds Racetrack has a new promoter.
  • The federal government’s pandemic response program to fund free school meals for all students is set to expire at the end of June. From Boulder, KGNU's Shannon Young has more.
  • School districts and the boards that oversee them have found themselves in the cultural-political spotlight lately. Now, districts across the country are facing challenges from parents claiming they’ve broken laws and are liable for damages. Recently, the Telluride R-1 School District found itself in the conversation.
  • A new report from the United Nations’ panel on climate change lays out a grim picture of the future that includes more shortages for the already-dry Colorado River basin. A republican bill in Utah banning pornographic materials in schools passed the state’s House on Tuesday. And, the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School Board appointed Harry Tom Burrus as the district’s interim superintendent.
  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is throwing his support behind a package of bills he says will help the state become one of the top ten safest states in the country. And the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District is considering a new schedule for the next academic year, and is looking for community input.
  • Colorado voters will weigh in on three statewide ballot questions this November that aim to raise marijuana prices, lower property taxes and put new restrictions on government spending; The state of Colorado will start paying grade school students who agree to get tested weekly for COVID-19.
  • The Bureau of Reclamation declared a water shortage for the lower Colorado River Basin and climate change is making it hard to predict when that might end; The Kwiyagat Academy on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation is still accepting students for its fall academic year.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics released updated guidance for schools on Monday, recommending universal masking for students over the age of 2.