Author : Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado

Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back

Blocks of Hope was once envisioned as a pint-sized version of the Harlem Children’s Zone. The project would provide an array of educational and social […]...

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March 9, 2018 Chalkbeat, Education, Just In, The Mix

Judge: Douglas County schools must pay private school tuition for student at center of special education lawsuit

A federal judge ruled Monday in favor of a Douglas County couple who’d sought reimbursement from the Douglas County School District for their son’s education […]...

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February 13, 2018 Chalkbeat, Education, Just In

A giant leap: How one Colorado community plans to double its child care spots in three years

It sounds a little like a car race, but it’s more like a care race. Child Care 8,000 is one Colorado county’s ambitious new effort […]...

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February 12, 2018 Chalkbeat, Education, Just In, The Mix

Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.

A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid to devote more time to […]...

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January 17, 2018 Education, Just In, The Beats

Denver teen pregnancy prevention organization to close its doors at the end of the year

A Denver-based nonprofit focused on teen pregnancy prevention and youth sexual health will close its doors at the end of 2017 after losing two major […]...

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September 19, 2017 Education, Health, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds

Michelle Dalbotten, the energetic director of a Northglenn child care center called Step by Step, doesn’t like her playground. Sure, it’s spacious, with a high […]...

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September 18, 2017 Education, Environment/Energy, Just In, Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Two Colorado districts shift to later high school start times — for very different reasons

The 22,000-student Greeley-Evans school district in northern Colorado will join the 55,000-student Cherry Creek district in suburban Denver in adopting later high school start times […]...

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July 24, 2017 Education, Just In, The Mix

After teen’s suicide attempt, this Colorado teacher wrote letters to each student. Now, she’ll share her story on a bigger stage.

How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a Chalkbeat feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs. […]...

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June 27, 2017 The Mix

Denver’s student discipline policy will limit suspensions and expulsions in early grades

The Denver school board voted unanimously Monday to revise its student discipline policy to limit suspensions and expulsions of preschool through third-grade students. Although some […]...

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June 21, 2017 Just In, The Mix

Threats, attacks and thrown chairs: DPS fields concerns about effort to reduce early childhood suspensions

One 6-year-old Denver student told his pregnant teacher he was going to kick her to kill her unborn baby. A first-grader tried to stab her […]...

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June 19, 2017 Education, Just In, The Mix

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Colorado Attorney General candidate debate on March 15. All invited.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB) and the Community College of Denver (CCD) Paralegal Program are holding a public debate for the candidates seeking the position […]

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Greene: Despite promises of reform, Hancock and team failed to seek answers, accountability in excessive force homicide

A disturbing report outlines Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration’s inaction in response to sheriff’s deputies’ killing of a mentally ill homeless man in Denver’s jail. The […]

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