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one hurdle down
January 30, 2017
Bill to ban corporal punishment in schools get first approval from Colorado House
Some Republican lawmakers see the bill as unnecessary regulation.
catching some zzzzs
January 19, 2017
One Colorado district moving toward later high school start times — maybe — while another shelves the idea
Of the two large Colorado school districts that were actively exploring later high school start times for the 2017-18 school year, one is moving ahead and one has dropped the idea for now.
January 13, 2017
Diet Nope: Colorado’s large districts still keeping diet soda out of high schools
More than half of Colorado's 10 largest school districts have decided or are poised to decide not to bring back diet soda in high schools after a seven-year ban.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Beyond the three Rs: Schools sharpen focus on social and emotional learning in 2016
Colorado educators are increasingly focusing on social and emotional skills to help improve student achievement and outcomes.
Close your eyes
December 14, 2016
How Colorado schools are helping kids calm down — and learn — through mindfulness
A growing number of schools in Denver and the state are training students in mindfulness with the goal of helping students cope with stress and learn empathy.
December 7, 2016
All work and no play: Colorado kids losing out on P.E., report finds
Colorado students don't get enough physical education in school, a problem that especially hurts low-income students.
November 30, 2016
Fixes underway to remedy high lead levels in Denver, Jeffco and Cherry Creek school water
Three of Colorado's largest school districts are making plumbing fixes in some buildings to address high lead levels in school water.
November 28, 2016
Denver schools with large numbers of English learners get less physical education
District officials will investigate why students at Denver schools with large numbers of English learners are getting less physical education than other students.
November 22, 2016
U.S. education chief wants Tennessee, other states to stop paddling their students
Citing research that corporal punishment is harmful and ineffective, John King asks Tennessee and 21 other states to prohibit it.
November 7, 2016
Five things teachers can do to help kids who’ve endured trauma
In the space of five minutes, you’ll feel like your heart broke then got pieced back together. That’s the impact of a…
mental health matters
October 26, 2016
Why Denver Public Schools wants to raise taxes to hire more psychologists and social workers
“I have to make sure my teachers can teach and students can learn," said a principal at a school where at least one kid in every class has experienced trauma.
Beyond the classroom
October 11, 2016
Why do New York City’s homeless students struggle in school?
The IBO set out to pinpoint exactly which obstacles are holding homeless students back from learning by conducting roughly 100 interviews.
October 7, 2016
The first results from lead testing in Denver Public Schools are in
The testing began in August in response to the discovery of high lead levels in school drinking water elsewhere.
October 7, 2016
How healthy are Colorado schools? New survey provides some answers.
The results, along with other pieces of evidence, can help schools win cash awards in the annual Healthy School Champions competition.
October 5, 2016
How do you fight chronic absenteeism? Put a nurse in every school.
A staggering 44,000 Memphis students report suffering from a chronic health condition, contributing to the city's high rate of students missing school.
farm to school
October 3, 2016
Brussels sprouts, anyone? School gardens grow knowledge for Memphis kids lacking fresh food
Farm-to-school programs are highlighted during a USDA deputy's visit to four Memphis schools.
Health and Happiness
September 26, 2016
Reading, writing and aerobics: How a popular Indy school uses movement to help kids learn
It's one of the most popular magnet schools in the district.
September 22, 2016
First Person: What my Bronx students think about passing through scanners at school
Key voices have been absent from these conversations about school safety: those of students and teachers. So I asked my students what they thought.
September 20, 2016
Worried about little children attending school with much older students? A study says they’ll be better off
Schools with students of wide-ranging ages have less bullying than schools with just a few grades, researchers concluded after studying more than 500 city schools.
September 14, 2016
Soda ban fizzles: Protesters disrupt meeting after vote allowing diet drinks back in Colorado schools
The outcome represents a defeat for a coalition of health advocates who had ramped up efforts in recent weeks.
September 7, 2016
Zika virus poses few concerns for Colorado schools
School officials in Florida may be panicking about Zika, but that's not the case in Colorado.
September 1, 2016
Ten Memphis schools targeted in attendance campaign backed by Memphis Grizzlies
After a year of pushing the importance of being at school every day, a new Shelby County Schools attendance campaign takes the initiative to 10 high-risk schools.
Get the lead out
August 31, 2016
Wondering which big Colorado school districts are testing their water for lead? We’ve got answers
Colorado’s five largest school districts all have either embarked on or plan to test their schools’ drinking water for lead, taking no chances after the lead-poisoning crisis in Flint, Mich.
August 26, 2016
Denver Public Schools testing drinking water for lead
The state’s largest school district is telling families the testing is proactive.
August 24, 2016
How should schools handle sexting? Not like they are now, Denver professor says
A Denver professor argues for a different approach to sexting: Let teens do it as long as its consensual and focus on discouraging privacy violations and harassment.
August 16, 2016
What do schools with low student suspension rates have in common?
Researchers interviewed nearly 200 educators from 33 Denver schools that had suspension rates between 0 and 3 percent in the 2014-15 school year.
catching some zzzzs
August 15, 2016
Two of Colorado’s largest districts explore later high school start times
Two big Colorado districts are considering later high school start times for 2017 because research shows such schedules have health and academic benefits for students.
August 12, 2016
Colorado’s suspension rate called into question after districts say data is wrong
Chalkbeat has retracted its original article.
August 10, 2016
Colorado’s suspension rate may not be as high as recent report found
The number of suspensions more than doubled in those Colorado districts.
August 10, 2016
State Board takes first step toward lifting ban on diet soda in Colorado high schools
The State Board of Education voted 4-3 Wednesday in favor of new rules that would lift a seven-year ban on diet soda in Colorado high schools.
August 3, 2016
Tennessee to become national pioneer in creating social and emotional standards
The Tennessee Department of Education will spend the next year creating its first-ever set of standards focused on students' social well-being and mental health.
July 28, 2016
Will diet soda be allowed back in Colorado high schools?
A coalition of health groups are pushing back against proposed rules that would allow diet soda back in Colorado high schools, after a seven-year ban.
July 21, 2016
Liking school is good for teens’ sexual health, report finds
The leader of a local advocacy group says the connection between teens' attitudes about school and the likelihood of risky sexual behavior is a call to action for educators.
July 19, 2016
Free lunch coming to more Colorado kids who attend high-poverty schools
More high-poverty Colorado schools will offer free meals to all students regardless of family income this year under a federal program aimed…
July 18, 2016
Hunger is a learning issue: Why it’s important for teachers to care about the minimum wage debate
First Person: I am proud to work at a school that is proactive in addressing food insecurity as an academic issue.
July 13, 2016
Developer vows to bring back ‘better plan’ after pulling proposal for landfill near Memphis elementary school
A Memphis developer is retreating — for now — from its second proposal to expand a landfill next to an elementary school in the city’s Frayser neighborhood.
mouths to feed
July 5, 2016
Summer food programs for low-income students expand in suburbs
Officials expect to serve more than 1.5 million meals at 577 meal sites this summer.
June 30, 2016
¿Cuantos niños en su escuela son inmunizados?
Chalkbeat recolectó datos para ayudar a los padres a entender si las escuelas de sus hijos están protegidos de enfermedades. Busque su escuela en nuestra base de datos.
By the numbers
June 29, 2016
Six charts that explain who’s getting vaccinated in Colorado — and who’s not
These six charts use data from Chalkbeat's 2016 immunization database to flesh out trends and trouble spots in 30 Colorado school districts.
June 29, 2016
New Chalkbeat database spotlights wide gulfs in Colorado schools’ vaccination rates
Boulder remains a hotspot for the anti-vaccination movement, and students in diverse districts are more likely to get their shots.
June 29, 2016
Colorado, find your school’s 2015-16 immunization and exemption rates
Use Chalkbeat’s 2016 immunization database to see which schools are well protected in case of an infectious disease outbreak — and which ones aren't.
June 24, 2016
Why a change in school lunch rules has Memphis buying more refrigerators
Lunch participation in some schools has increased as much as 80 percent since a federal program gave all students in poor districts a free meal.
June 21, 2016
Transgender students struggle with mental health issues, survey shows
Results from the 2015 Health Kids Colorado Survey show that many transgender students face major mental health struggles.
May 25, 2016
Placing landfill next to Memphis school would help low-income community, developer says
Memphis Wrecking Co. comes back with a revised plan to place a landfill for construction debris next to Whitney Achievement Elementary School in Frayser.
change of course
May 18, 2016
DPS backs off proposal to eliminate high school P.E. requirement
Physical education teachers and a statewide coalition of P.E. advocates are upset about a proposal to eliminate high school P.E. from Denver Public Schools' graduation requirements.
May 11, 2016
To better help kids at risk, Denver child welfare caseworkers go back to school
A pilot program that began in October places city caseworkers part-time in three high-poverty Denver schools.
not so fast
May 5, 2016
Memphis charter school operators first to appeal closures to state board
Southern Avenue Middle and two schools at Omni Prep Academy cite a lack of closure policy and uniform enforcement by Shelby County Schools.
May 4, 2016
High schools for addicts face new challenges as students receive less treatment
Hope Academy, a charter high school, has been educating recovering teens since 2006.
April 27, 2016
First Person: How the shame of ‘free-free’ inspired my push for universal free lunch
I was once that bullied student in the cafeteria.
April 25, 2016
Young and homeless: a tough road for a growing number of Colorado students
Gentrification and slow-to-rebound local economies are among the factors that have led to big increases in homeless students in several Colorado school districts.
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