Can Colorado create a multicultural curriculum without twisting arms?

High schooler Tlatoani Garcia used to get kicked out of class for questioning his teacher about who discovered America. He worried he’d become just another […]...

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February 5, 2016 Civil Rights, Education, Just In, The Mix, Uncategorized

Proposed school board ethics commission would hear open-meetings, open-records complaints

As a target of last fall’s recall election in Jefferson County, the now former president of the school board hoped to prove his critics wrong […]...

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February 3, 2016 Education, Just In, Politics, The Beats, The Mix, Uncategorized

In a blue-collar Denver suburb, school choice is a fact of life

A decade ago, Mapleton school district launched its unique choice system as part of a series of reforms aimed at improving student performance in the predominantly blue-collar school district with a growing Latino population....

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January 29, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix

Colorado high school dropout rates rise for first time in nearly a decade

A rise in the number of high school dropouts has the Colorado Department of Education scrambling for solutions.   High school dropout rates have increased […]...

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January 25, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix

Smartphone use hinders education — but students won’t quit

College students spend more class time than ever playing with their smartphones and other digital devices, according to a new University of Nebraska report. The study, […]...

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January 22, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix

Denver Public Schools to cut 157 central office positions next year in attempt to tighten budget

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Melanie Asmar on January 19, 2016 Denver Public Schools will eliminate 157 central office jobs for the 2016-17 school year, […]...

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January 20, 2016 Education, Just In, The Mix

Conservatives burned money on JeffCo races. Unions spent big and won

  The Independence Institute, Americans for Prosperity and other conservative groups sank hundreds of thousands of dollars into the 2015 school board races and ended […]...

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December 22, 2015 Education, Just In, Politics, The Beats, The Mix, Uncategorized

Student’s ‘joke gone awry’ leads to felony charges, racist slurs

The day after the San Bernardino shooting, SWAT teams stormed Denver’s East High School after rumors spread about a mass shooting. A senior, Elhadji Samba […]...

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December 9, 2015 Criminal Justice, Education, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Battle’s over: Thompson School District and teachers union sign contract

The Loveland-based Thompson School District and its teachers union, the Thompson Education Association, declared a truce after eight months of fighting over who will represent […]...

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December 4, 2015 Education, Just In, The Mix

Indoctrination ban shot down by Douglas County school board

It was the final farewell for three members of the Douglas County Board of Education. One of their last decisions: rejecting a call to punish […]...

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November 25, 2015 Education, Just In, The Mix


Video: Meet Denver’s district attorney candidates

The Colorado Independent hosted an Oct. 20 discussion between three of Denver’s four district attorney candidates at Denver Open Media. The video, below, is preceded by […]

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Cory Gardner: Make room in the Supermax prison for Hillary Clinton

Colorado’s newest U.S. Senator, Republican Cory Gardner, has a joke about Hillary Clinton and Colorado’s Supermax prison. He’s told it at least once on the presidential campaign […]

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