The first school in Colorado was opened in Auraria, now part of Denver, during the gold rush, in 1859. The first schoolhouse was built at Boulder in 1860. The first free tax-supported schools were established after Colorado became a territory in 1861.
School attendance in Colorado is now compulsory for all children from ages 7 to 16. In addition to the public schools there is a growing number of private schools, most of which are operated by religious denominations, which educate 7 percent of the state’s children. Education is supervised by the state board of education, which is made up of seven members elected by the voters of Colorado, and by a commissioner of education, who is appointed by the board.
In the 2004–2005 school year Colorado spent $9,113 on each student’s education, compared to a national average of $9,910. There were 16.9 students for every teacher (the national average was 15.5). Of those older than 25 years of age in the state in 2007, 88.9 percent had a high school diploma, one of the best levels of educational attainment in the country, where the overall rate is 84.5 percent.
Higher education in Colorado dates from 1864, when Colorado Seminary, which is now the University of Denver, was founded by a group of Methodists. Colorado College was established in Colorado Springs ten years later, and in the same year, Jarvis Hall in Golden was reorganized as the Colorado School of Mines.
The University of Colorado at Boulder was founded in 1876, although it was authorized in 1861 by the first territorial legislature. Colorado State University, which was established as an agricultural school in Fort Collins in 1870, began instruction in 1879. Today Colorado has 27 public and 53 private institutions of higher education. Other notable schools include the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs; the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley; Regis University, in Denver; and the University of Colorado at Denver. "Colorado" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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