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Eric Gorski is bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado. Gorski has previously worked as a reporter for The Denver Post – covering everything from K-12 education and religion to marijuana legalization – and as a national writer for the Associated Press.
November 17, 2017
Rise & Shine: Integration efforts hampered by obscure budget provisions
MONEY MATTERS Hickenlooper’s request to funnel more money to Charter School Institute schools would be a small step toward closing the $18 million gap between state-approved…
November 10, 2017
Rise & Shine: Wrapping up election loose strings … and telling Aurora stories
ELECTION 2017 When new members are sworn in later this month, the Denver school board will gain something it hasn’t had, to any significant degree,…
November 8, 2017
Tax measures prevail in Colorado Springs and Greeley, while Brighton attempt fails
It marked the six time since 2003 voters have rejected a property tax increase in the Brighton district.
November 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: Local school board elections entering waning days
ELECTION 2017 The Denver school board race has grown more contentious, with accusations flying about the influence of outside money and attempts to tie candidates…
November 2, 2017
Why this year’s Denver school board election has become so combative
A controversial education secretary, a more aggressive union and the continued influence of outside money all playing a role
war of words
November 1, 2017
Denver Democratic Party chairman claims election mailer implies party endorsement in school board race
The head of Democrats for Education Reform in Colorado said that wasn't the intent — and wonders why the party has been silent on other issues
October 30, 2017
Group agrees to stop using term ‘for-profit charter’ in election material after complaints from DSST
A teachers union-funded independent expenditure committee is investing in the northeast Denver school board race.
anger over mailers
October 27, 2017
Why Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s names — and faces — are all over this fall’s Denver school board races
Critics of Denver Public Schools reforms are tying the unpopular (in Denver) Republican figures to school board candidates, and those candidates are pushing back.
October 27, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado Springs superintendent calls for DACA fix
ELECTION 2017 Whatever way you look at it, the Aurora school board election is likely to be a game-changer. Chalkbeat How the school board election…
October 25, 2017
Denver school board election mailer’s false statement about ‘for-profit charter school’ draws criticism
The independent expenditure committee that produced the mailer is seeking to influence the northeast Denver race.
21st century schools
October 20, 2017
Five takeaways from a panel with author David Osborne, champion of giving schools autonomy and holding them accountable
Osborne, an author and consultant who specializes in documenting public sector reforms, is an advocate of charter schools and giving schools greater autonomy.
October 20, 2017
Rise & Shine: Gates Foundation shifting focus of education philanthrophy
ALL OVER THE MAP There is no real consensus on expectations for children entering kindergarten, and a recent survey found parents and preschool teachers might…
October 13, 2017
Rise & Shine: Six things to know about the large achievement gaps in Denver and Boulder Valley
BLUE AND GREEN More Denver schools this year earned the top two ratings on the district’s five-color scale than ever before, a spike officials say…
October 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: Anti-bullying efforts in Sterling, Succeeds Prize debuts
HOW I TEACH A special education teacher at an elementary school in the Buena Vista School District is spotlighted in our popular How I Teach…
September 29, 2017
Rise & Shine: Students at Commerce City charter sent home after protest
COST OF LIVING The Denver school board approved a resolution to explore solutions to the affordable housing crunch, but a proposal to convert one former…
September 28, 2017
Denver-based University Prep charter school network wins federal grant, opening expansion possibilities
The grant leaves open the possibility that the charter operator could expand to communities beyond Denver.
September 25, 2017
Rise & Shine: Conflicting accounts emerge over Manual High football incident
RACE AND MANUAL The principal of Denver’s Manual High School wrote a letter to the community over the weekend saying the Weld Central High football…
Getting to know ... Us
September 25, 2017
It’s a new school year. Here’s what Chalkbeat Colorado is curious about — and how you can help us find the answers.
Now that a new school year has begun, we’re asking you to join us in informing and supporting our journalism
September 22, 2017
Rise & Shine: Two efforts in the mountains to help teachers with housing
TEACHER DIVERSITY Denver Public Schools has sought to hire more teachers of color through targeted recruitment and other strategies, but challenges — and disparities — remain. …
the race is on
September 19, 2017
Stand for Children chooses not to endorse in northeast Denver school board race
The race features incumbent Rachele Espiritu, recent high school graduate Tay Anderson and community organizer and former teacher Jennifer Bacon.
September 15, 2017
Rise & Shine: Englewood district offering hands-on STEM training to every student
MIX AND MATCH Nationally known for its embrace of school autonomy, Denver Public Schools now has more charter and innovation schools than traditional district-run schools.
September 8, 2017
From passionate to politics-free, here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision
The response shows how school districts view their responsibilities when a divisive national policy change carries implications for many Colorado students and families.
September 8, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado schools brace for hurricane refugees
TRY, TRY AGAIN Nearly 20 Colorado school districts are asking voters to approve tax measures this November, with a number of them trying again after…
September 1, 2017
Rise & Shine: Districts across Colorado shifting from college prep to career prep
END OF A DREAM? Rolling back protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children would prove “catastrophic” for Denver Public Schools and the…
August 31, 2017
Denver schools chief: Removing DACA protections for undocumented immigrants would be ‘catastrophic’
President Trump is expected to roll back protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
August 25, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado Springs D-11 will take tax measure to November ballot
WEIGHT FOR IT More Colorado charter schools are using weighted lotteries to make their student populations better reflect the community. Chalkbeat MIND THE GAP…
August 18, 2017
Rise & Shine: Cindy Stevenson’s long road back to leading a school district
TESTING TESTING TESTING Three years after Colorado introduced new, more demanding standardized tests, student performance statewide is slowly ticking up. Chalkbeat, 9News, Channel…
Movers & shakers
August 16, 2017
Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes joins education advocacy group Chiefs for Change
The group has two-dozen members, including Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg.
August 11, 2017
Rise & Shine: Denver students surprised by free laptops, thanks to bond passage
FEELING BLUE A new education-focused philanthropic collaborative, Blue School Partners, is aiming to launch this fall and act as Denver’s “education quarterback.” Chalkbeat…
August 4, 2017
Denver teachers union, members of progressive wing diverge on key school board races
The Denver teachers union and a caucus within the union are split over who to support in two competitive school board races that could determine…
August 4, 2017
Rise & Shine: High-stakes school board race taking shape in Dougco
CHOICE AND CONSEQUENCES The Colorado Department of Education’s new director of school choice says all schools should be held accountable, regardless of their governance structure.
August 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: Common themes emerging at Colorado teacher shortage town halls
SHOWING IMPROVEMENT A dozen low-performing Colorado schools granted innovation status improved enough between 2014 and 2016 to avoid state-ordered improvements, a promising sign for advocates…
July 28, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado not alone in offering new STEM diploma endorsements
ASSESSING ESSA Colorado’s federally required state education plan is getting mixed reviews from education reform groups. Chalkbeat CHARTER WARS The NAACP’s lengthy report on…
July 13, 2017
Betsy DeVos is coming to Denver for a meeting of the conservative group ALEC — and protesters are ready
DeVos is speaking to the annual meeting of ALEC, which is influential in crafting conservative, free-market friendly legislation.
July 13, 2017
Rise & Shine: Telling the story of teen motherhood through a striking new mural
THE RACE IS ON All four Denver school board seats up for grabs in this fall’s election are now contested, with the race for Barbara…
State of the City
July 10, 2017
Could a modest summer bus pass program for youth help unlock Denver’s bigger student transportation problems?
The pilot project will put 1,500 cash-loaded transit passes in the hands of Denver young people between 14 and 19.
July 7, 2017
Rise & Shine: Harrison School District elementary wins national recognition
UNUSUAL SWAP Aurora Public Schools and Colorado State University are negotiating terms of a partnership that involves the school district building a new campus for…
June 30, 2017
Rise & Shine: Race is on for open seat in Cherry Creek School District
CITING FINANCES Nationally-recognized Clayton Early Learning will close its center in far northeast Denver and limit enrollment at its flagship school to families who receive…
June 23, 2017
Rise & Shine: Marijuana taxes will bankroll one — one — school construction project in Pikes Peak region
BIG ASK A newly constituted group of educators, lawmakers and state officials led by Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne will be charged with creating a sweeping…
June 16, 2017
Rise & Shine: An oasis for family health, food access and care in northeast Denver
THE FIX IS IN At the insistence of the State Board of Education, an outside nonprofit group will have significant authority in efforts to improve…
June 9, 2017
Rise & Shine: Broncos hope to sack “summer slide” with new reading program
THE CHOICE After six hours of deliberation, a divided (and notably thin) panel of community representatives chose a district-run option over a charter school to…
June 9, 2017
Aurora school board: Judge us by our actions, not one board member’s words
Board member Cathy Wildman's comments about immigrants have proved challenging for the board.
June 2, 2017
Rise & Shine: Goodbye valedictorians and salutatorians in Colorado Springs
HOW I TEACH The 2017 Colorado Civic Educator of the Year shares her thoughts on student-made podcasts, making class fun and the power of a…
an 'equity agenda'
May 30, 2017
Inside one Denver charter school operator’s push to serve all students
STRIVE Preparatory Schools has made fundamental changes in how it serves students.
May 24, 2017
Rise & Shine: Student podcast explores legacy and future of Denver’s northside
FOLLOW THE MONEY Aurora Public Schools is cutting funding to six schools with special autonomy while it figures out a long-term fix. Chalkbeat Colorado…
May 19, 2017
Rise & Shine: Denver students getting jump on STEM education
TWO HATS A longtime promoter of school choice and charter schools, Denver Public Schools is having a tougher time managing the conflict of both authorizing…
May 18, 2017
Denver Public Schools’ glaring conflict: both authorizing and operating schools
Charter schools are questioning whether they are getting a fair shot in the heated competition to restart two schools being closed.
May 8, 2017
Meet the next president of the Colorado League of Charter Schools
Ben Lindquist previously worked for the Walton Family Foundation and Charter School Growth Fund in Colorado.
'si se puede'
May 8, 2017
Can a successful charter take over a failing peer and build an integrated school in Denver?
Rocky Mountain Prep would take over the preschool through elementary grades at Cesar Chavez Academy.
May 5, 2017
Rise & Shine: Poudre district prevails in final legal challenge to bond vote
ACCOUNTABILITY CLOCK The State Board of Education is asking questions about plans for bringing in outside help to improve academic results in Westminster Public Schools.
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