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Former GOP Congressman Mark Kennedy speaks at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on May 2, 2019, the day the board of regents named him as the system's new president. The announcement that Kennedy was the sole finalist for the $850,000-a-year job was met with unprecedented protest and concern that politics, not merit drove the process. (Photo by Susan Greene)

CU regents passed over more experienced and prominent applicants when picking Kennedy as president...

The University of Colorado’s elected board of regents passed over applicants with more experience running universities and more distinguished careers when it hired conservative former...
Tay Anderson hugs a supporter as early returns show him leading in the race for an at-large Denver school board seat. (Photo via Chalkbeat Colorado)

New Denver school board member says he will sit during the Pledge of Allegiance

On the eve of his first monthly meeting Thursday, newly elected Denver school board member Tay Anderson said he would remain seated during the...
Striking Denver Public Schools teachers march toward the state Capitol on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Evan Semón for The Colorado Independent)

Putting numbers to a new school finance formula could prove challenging

A group of Colorado lawmakers spent Monday afternoon plugging numbers into a proposed new school finance formula, squinting at a projection of a computer...
Striking teachers and supporters rallied on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Evan Semón Photography for The Colorado Independent)

Fairer to whom? Colorado considers redividing the pie with a new school finance formula

In a change that one lawmaker is calling a “paradigm shift,” Colorado’s school funding formula eventually could take into account how many students in...
Noel Community Arts School students work through assigned classwork during a study period at the Denver school in May 2019. (Nathan W. Armes/Chalkbeat)

Colorado releases school ratings amid ongoing debate about how to measure performance

Colorado school ratings finalized Wednesday show that slightly fewer schools this year earned one of the two lowest ratings. Those that did — 154 schools...
Parents at a New York City school made and sold pies to raise money for their school. PHOTO CREDIT: Carrie Melago/Chalkbeat

First person: Parent fundraising made my school a great place to teach. I was...

First Person is an occasional Chalkbeat series featuring personal essays by educators, students, parents, and others trying to improve public education. “We’re really lucky here....
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...
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...
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...

‘I used to be a proud Daniels Fund scholar.’ New application draws criticism for...

Agree or disagree with these statements: “Government should decide how business profits are distributed.” “I don’t feel much of an attachment to the USA.”...
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