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Students Maliah and Kayla at the Imaginarium's Summer Lab camp at Columbine Elementary School. (Photo by Susan Gonzalez)

In a postmortem, leaders of Denver’s Imaginarium say test scores, bureaucracy are stifling innovation

The Denver school district’s intense focus on test scores makes it nearly impossible to spread teaching practices that would improve education. That was the conclusion...
Troy Riggs, director of Denver's Department of Public Safety, testifies on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, before the state's committee on prison population management. Riggs says he's optimistic that some 500-plus Denverites won't be sent back to jail or prison as a result of the City Council's decision to kill contracts with two private companies that run halfway houses in the city. (Photo by Alex Burness)

Denver “optimistic” halfway house residents won’t be returned to jail, prison City could seek...

Denver officials say they are hopeful they can reach a near-term agreement to keep six privately run halfway houses open into 2020.  As for what...

Bombshell Denver vote to kill halfway-house contracts has ex-inmates scared, officials scrambling The City...

Hassan Latif, who works to transition the formerly incarcerated back into society, has been on the phone nearly nonstop since the Denver City Council...
More than 1,000 people marched on July 12, 2019 in protest of the detention of immigrants in private prisons, including the detention facility in Aurora, Colo. run by GEO Group.

In stunner, conflicted Denver City Council kills contracts with private prison giants Councilwoman who...

Taking an extraordinary stand against the nation’s two largest private prison companies, GEO Group and CoreCivic, Denver City Council voted late Monday not to...
The Montbello campus, once a comprehensive high school, is now shared by several schools. (Photo by Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat Colorado)

Denver proposes rebuilding a campus that was the site of a controversial school closure

Denver school officials are exploring building a new high school in the Montbello neighborhood, but it won’t be the comprehensive high school some community members...
Portrait of Jeanette Vizguerra, Sanctuary for All. (Photo courtesy of Dave Russell, Buffalo Heart Images)

Guest Post: Our moral imperative to stand up to GEO Group We make these...

Given the U.S government’s increasing criminal disregard for the human rights of immigrants, we the members of Sanctuary for All Colorado applaud the congressional...

Decades of desegregation: Denver readers recall their own stories of ‘busing’

As Democratic presidential candidates debate “busing,” many Americans are revisiting the era when their cities desegregated schools by sending students to other neighborhoods each...

At inauguration, Hancock calls for consensus and downplays criticism Mayor will serve his third...

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock kicked off his third and final term in office by promising to champion “progress and progressive ideals,” and said he’d...
Photo by Casey Bisson via Flickr: Creative Commons

Tell us about your experience with busing in Denver schools

Busing and the broader question of what courts and communities should do to create integrated schools has been back in the news after a...
The Colorado Independent's editor, Susan Greene, was handcuffed and detained by Denver police officers on Colfax Avenue on July 5, 2018. (Screenshot via body-cam footage provided by city of Denver)

The Indy 500: Still trying to act like a lady

I have been trying to “act like a lady.”  That was my order from two Denver cops who handcuffed me a year ago today when...