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Denver Public Schools is revising its 8th-grade social studies curriculum after objections that it erased Native American perspectives in the 19th-century settlement of the West. (Photo from University of Illinois library via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Denver to change curriculum that educators said ‘eliminates the Native American perspective’

Until very recently, Denver’s eighth-grade social studies curriculum asked students to identify the challenges faced by settlers as they moved West in the 1800s...
The Supreme Court of the United States today heard arguments in a Second Amendment case stemming from a challenge to a New York gun law that has since been repealed. The justices questions seemed to indicate that since the law has been repealed the case might be moot. (Photo by Robin Bravender/States Newsroom)

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight 

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.  The justices heard an...
Children make buttons in an after-school program. (Photo by Fort Rucker via Flickr:Creative Commons)

Denver turned marijuana into money for after-school programs. Other cities are taking note.

A modified version of this article first appeared in Youth Today, the national news source for youth service professionals, including child welfare and juvenile justice, youth development,...

A question about whether to support hedge-fund-controlled newspapers through subscriptions goes national Your weekly...

Media writer Jack Shafer at Politico doesn't shy away from stances likely to prompt hate-mail. He once wrote how the Newseum, which is closing next month, "deserves to die,"...
Thanksgiving morning view from Fort Collins. One more thing to be grateful for. (Photo by Tina Griego)

Spelling out our gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers: Keeping a nonprofit newsroom going is hard work. We don’t throw pity parties around that fact because that’d be a colossal...
Colorado Capitol early on May 10, 2018 after adjournment. Lawmakers in 2020 will debate bail reforms. (Photo by John Herrick)

Colorado lawmakers want fewer people awaiting trial in jail Despite last year's bail reforms,...

Lawmakers this legislative session will debate bail reforms to ensure fewer people accused of committing a crime have to wait in jail before they...

Benzene spike detected near Greeley elementary school Levels of benzene, a known carcinogen, exceeded...

State health officials said Monday concentrations of benzene exceeding federal health-based guidelines were recorded near Greeley’s Bella Romero Academy, a majority Latino school in...
Two students look at photos as they create autobiographies in the Poudre School District's Newcomer program on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. In the past year, the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. and being released to a parent, relative, or other sponsor in Colorado has more than doubled. (Photo by Richard Haro)

Across borders, through detention, and into Colorado classrooms: The journey of solo children

At 15, he made the long, frightening trek across Central America and the U.S.-Mexico border with a smuggler. Then he continued on an even...

Gun reform talks under way at the state Capitol Passage of gun bills in...

Rep. Tom Sullivan, a Democrat from Centennial, has a long list of gun reforms he hopes to see become law.  He wants to require gun...
Students at University Prep Elementary's flagship school in Denver. (Photo by Eric Gorski, University Prep is a public charter school serving students K-5th grade. (Photo by Eric Gorski, Chalkbeat Colorado)

The growth and location of Denver charter schools, explained in 3 charts

Over the past five years, the number of Denver students attending district-run schools has decreased while the number of students in charter schools has...