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Denver, Aurora high schools face potential state action under 2019 preliminary ratings

A new set of Colorado schools faces possible state intervention after failing to improve student achievement for five or more years in a row. Among...
East High School, by Kevin Zolkiewicz via Flickr: Creative Commons

These 30 people will help reimagine Denver’s controversial school rating system

Concerns with how Denver rates its schools emerged as one of the hottest topics during last year’s search for a superintendent. Now that a...
Photo by Brad Wilson via Flickr: Creative Commons

Back-to-school supplies in some Colorado schools include kitty litter and buckets for lockdowns

Beyond the supplies themselves, which she’s grateful to have, it was the nonchalant way the buckets, kitty litter, and Sharpie marker were handed out...
Photo by Alan Petersime/Chalkbeat

Across the board, Denver students making above-average progress on tests, study shows

A new study finds that Denver students are making more progress on standardized tests than the state average, regardless of whether they attend a...
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...
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet speaks as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York looks on during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

After calling out inequity on the debate stage, Bennet leans on his education experience...

On the heels of his criticism of Sen. Kamala Harris and former vice president Joe Biden’s exchange on school integration at last week’s Democratic primary...
Photo of handcuffed girl by Steven Depolo via Flickr: Creative Commons

More than twice as many Denver students were handcuffed than district originally reported The...

After a family went public this spring with the story of their 7-year-old son being handcuffed at school, the Denver district reported that school...
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 31: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre. Twenty presidential hopefuls were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Biden, Harris reprise school integration dispute during second Democratic debate Michael Bennet punctuates the...

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden were once again at loggerheads Wednesday night over busing for school desegregation and the vice president’s track record on...
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...

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...