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Author : Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado

Jeffco suspended an average of four young students a day last year. Officials are taking note.

Jeffco Public Schools handed out more suspensions to young students than any other Colorado district last school year, and did so at rates that are […]...

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May 22, 2017 Education, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Amid push to get CO child care providers to seek higher ratings, some say, ‘No thanks’

Dede Beardsley says she’s always received rave reviews about the Montessori preschool and kindergarten program she’s led in Boulder for nearly four decades. Parents and […]...

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May 16, 2017 Education, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Colorado schools to be judged by a new measure: How many students are chronically absent

The mother was anxious when she arrived at Monte Vista Elementary School in southern Colorado to discuss her 7-year-old daughter’s absences and frequent late arrivals. […]...

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March 31, 2017 Education, Just In, The Mix

CO set to slash funds for controversial student health survey

Two years after a controversial student health survey sparked protracted debate at the State Board of Education, questions about the survey’s value have moved to […]...

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March 28, 2017 Education, Just In, The Mix, Uncategorized

To hire and keep good teachers as housing costs rise, Colorado school districts take on new role: landlord

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Ann Schimke on December 20, 2016 As Colorado’s housing costs skyrocket, a growing number of school districts, local leaders and […]...

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December 22, 2016 Education, Housing, Housing crisis, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Transgender students struggle with mental health issues, survey shows

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Ann Schimke on June 21, 2016 Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in Colorado are more likely to plan or […]...

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June 22, 2016 Civil Rights, Health, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

DPS takes steps to get more students of color into magnet programs for the highly gifted

In years past, winning a spot in one of Denver Public Schools’ eight elementary magnet programs for highly gifted and talented students—especially the sought-after Polaris at Ebert Elementary—required parents to be savvy and informed....

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May 31, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix

Report card: Colorado’s spending on preschool pales in comparison to national leaders

Colorado has sunk closer to the bottom of the pack for state preschool funding, according to an annual report card released Thursday....

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May 16, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix

With few options, working parents turn to friends and family for child care

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Ann Schimke on April 20, 2016 Since her daughter was a baby, Brenda Torres has relied on a trusted group […]...

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April 21, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix

Homeless student numbers spike in some Colorado districts

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Ann Schimke on March 28, 2016 Despite decreases in unemployment and poverty rates, the number of homeless students jumped in […]...

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March 28, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix, Uncategorized

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The Home Front: The Gazette reports a Colorado sheriff is ‘under siege as embarrassments mount’

“For years Delores Hiltz railed about shoddy work by Fremont County sheriff’s investigators after her 17-year-old daughter’s body was found stuffed under a bed in […]

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