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Rising third-graders attending Denver Public Schools' "summer academy" stop to inspect a mushroom during a nature walk. (Photo by Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat)

Inside Denver’s attempt to slow ‘summer slide’ for English language learners and struggling readers

It’s summer break, but 14 rising third-graders spent a recent morning at Denver’s McMeen Elementary learning about proper nouns. After fastening imaginary bow ties...
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)

Charter alliance president on growing backlash: ‘We need to start fighting back’

The charter school movement is currently in a “battle for survival,” National Alliance for Public Charter Schools president Nina Rees told an audience of...
Teachers packed the Senate gallery as lawmakers read a resolution and showed their support for teachers during a rally on April 27. Photo by John Herrick

Colorado lawmakers are trying again to unravel a complicated school finance knot

For a third year, 10 Colorado lawmakers have convened to try to find a fairer and more effective way to fund the state’s schools. Nearly...
Denver Preschool Program New President-CEO-Elsa Holguin

Many eligible families don’t use the Denver Preschool Program. The new CEO wants to...

Elsa Holguín considers herself a bridge of sorts — someone who can cross divides and connect communities. It’s something she’s done since she landed in...
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)

New schools that want to open in Denver will now have an expiration date

A resolution quietly adopted by the Denver school board limits the scope of expansion of several charter school networks, and assigns a deadline to...
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2020 cheat sheet: What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about education

Education is hardly the only issue driving the 2020 presidential campaign. But policies affecting schools and students are emerging as some of the most...
"handcuffed arrested" by picturexv via Flickr: Creative Commons

Denver school board bans use of handcuffs on elementary school students

Campus safety officers employed by the Denver school district will no longer be allowed to use handcuffs on elementary school students, after the school...
Teachers, parents, and students wait to speak in favor of updating LGBTQ policies at a recent Jefferson County School Board meeting Thursday. (Photo by Kati Weis, Chalkbeat Colorado)

Jeffco schools to consider updating LGBTQ policies as backers call for ‘more foundation and...

Supporters of stronger LGBTQ policies waited together for six hours to explain why the Jefferson County Public Schools board should update its anti-discrimination practices....
"Happy Happy Birthday Cake" by Mathew Wilson via Flickr: Creative Commons

Many refugee students register for school using the wrong birthdate. Advocates urge Aurora district...

Some Aurora students are aging out of local schools — often because of an incorrect birthdate on their immigration documents. “I had several students who...
Columbine High School by Travellingzenwolf via Flickr: Creative Commons

Seeking to deter a ‘morbid fascination,’ Jeffco may rebuild Columbine High School

Twenty years after the Columbine shooting, Jefferson County Public Schools is considering rebuilding the high school in a nearby location with the hope that...