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Author : Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado

Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last year

Getting sent home from school became a constant for Ben Wankel’s second-grade son last fall. It started simply enough: The cafeteria was too noisy, his […]...

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May 14, 2018 Chalkbeat, Education, In-Depth, Just In, The Mix, Uncategorized

A day of action by Colorado teachers will bring hundreds to the Capitol and already one district has canceled classes

In the midst of a wave of teacher activism across the country, educators in Colorado are joining the fray by putting more pressure on lawmakers, […]...

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April 13, 2018 Chalkbeat, Colorado state legislature 2018, Education, Just In, The Mix

Tales from inside Colorado’s teacher shortage: housing for horses and recruiters without interviews

The job fair was going well for Stephanie Polutchko and the phrase on her white name tag explained why: “high school science.” Like other prospective […]...

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April 12, 2018 Chalkbeat, Education, Housing crisis, Just In, The Mix

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

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7/20 Women-only dance party!

Attention womenfolk: Come let off some steam and dance with The Colorado Independent! Wear red and join us for a night of drinks, music, dancing and […]

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The Home Front: A ‘fight club’ in the El Paso County jail where jailers ‘tracked each time they used force against an inmate’

“Wearing a tiara and posing for a camera, El Paso County sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rincon smiled next to a cake with two candles on top […]

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