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Wesley Wright is an intern for Chalkbeat Colorado. He's a Jacksonville, Florida, native who hails from a long line of teachers. Wright's work also appears in the Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.
August 25, 2016
Colorado districts giving students more ways to prove they deserve a high school diploma
Districts are steadily changing their graduation requirements to comply with a sweeping education reform law.
August 5, 2016
Fear of black students, unfair treatment rampant in Denver schools, black educators say
Denver Public Schools hired a woman to survey Black educators about the district and their place within it. Racism and unfair treatment were some of the common themes.
August 4, 2016
Rise & Shine: Colorado ranks near-bottom in student debt measure
DISCONNECT Denver Public Schools will welcome at least 935 new teachers next fall, the vast majority are white. Chalkbeat Colorado…
August 1, 2016
Longtime advocate Anna Jo Haynes: Parents need to become advocates for their children
Chalkbeat sat down with Anna Jo Haynes to talk about an esteemed roundtable and her thoughts on how early education has changed over the years.
August 1, 2016
Rise & Shine: Golf tournament raises scholarship money for minority students
ON THE GREEN TO MAKE GREEN Parker’s Black Bear Golf Club hosted a charity tournament earlier this month that raised more…
July 29, 2016
Rise & Shine: Pueblo teachers union raise concerns over controversy
BIG WIG Colorado’s efforts to improve the quality of its early childhood programs will get a moment in the spotlight Monday when U.S. Secretary…
July 28, 2016
Rise & Shine: 1990s were hard time for new Pueblo assistant superintendent
TURNAROUND An Adams County middle school, at risk of state sanctions for chronic low performance on state tests, is betting its turnaround on relationships…
'A wondrous time to learn'
July 26, 2016
How a free Denver Public Schools camp seeks to stop the summer slide
Schoolchildren in Denver can spent part of their summer at a free camp where they'll have fun and learn while preparing for the coming school year.
Pomp and Circumstance
July 26, 2016
More than 4,300 students graduated from DPS in 2016. That’s the district’s largest class ever.
The district's graduation rate was only 39 percent in 2006.
July 21, 2016
Rise & Shine: No student data lost during Lewis-Palmer hack
EARLY EXIT The sudden resignation of its superintendent leaves Pueblo City Schools rudderless just three weeks before the school year begins and months…
a helping hand
July 19, 2016
How adding high school counselors saved Colorado more than $300 million
By one estimate, the state is saving $20 it would otherwise spend on social safety net services for every $1 it spends on school counselors,.
July 19, 2016
Rise & Shine: How Colorado’s education community is linked to the failed coup in Turkey
BACK LIKE I NEVER LEFT Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg is back from a six-month hiatus. In an interview, he discusses how the…
July 14, 2016
Rise & Shine: CU graduates say they are happy with their education, recent poll finds
COULDN’T STAY AWAY Javier Abrego, a retired educator from Arizona, was selected as the new superintendent of the Adams 14 School District.
July 11, 2016
Rise & Shine: Colorado students take on real-world issues at camp
RACE RELATIONS Rico Munn, one of Colorado’s only black superintendents, said in an interview Friday that schools cannot remedy the nation’s…
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
We asked five Colorado teachers how they use technology in the classroom. This is what they said.
We spoke with teachers about how they are using technology in the classroom. The opinions varied, but the consensus was a good one.
June 30, 2016
Rise & Shine: Aurora elementary school principal expresses concern with district just before she departs it
VACCINATION DEBATE A newly updated immunization database created by Chalkbeat reveals that Boulder remains a hotspot for the anti-vaccination movement, students in districts with…
June 27, 2016
Rise & Shine: Durango School district plans to separate from longtime partner
THE END IS NIGH The Durango school district may back out out of its agreement with the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational…
June 22, 2016
Rise & Shine: Douglas County School Board meeting marred by protesters
ROCK AND A HARD PLACE As the newly appointed principal of Fletcher Community School, Jill Literas has the unenviable task of improving her…
June 21, 2016
Principal tasked with improving — and closing — Aurora elementary school: I have to give teachers hope
Jill Lliteras, a district veteran, has been charged with improving and closing a struggling Aurora elementary school to be handed over to a charter school network.
June 20, 2016
Rise & Shine: Ill-fated school board candidacy raises questions about qualifications
AIMING FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS More than 200 children headed to college through a scholarship established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels get guidance…
June 17, 2016
To ease transition between high school and college, Denver-based foundation offers tips to students
The Daniels scholarship means that Meza won’t have to work as much as he might otherwise have to, freeing him up to focus more on his studies and family.
June 17, 2016
Rise & Shine: New, popular app can track students’ engagement online
EXPANSION Colorado College is in the process of securing more land and other assets for a fine arts museum. Gazette DON’T…
June 16, 2016
Rise and Shine: CU considers elementary education degree program
PAY DAY If you’re a teacher in the Denver area, your paychecks may look a little bit more promising in a few months.
June 14, 2016
Rise & Shine: State wraps up listening tour on new federal law
SECRET MEETING The State Board of Education broke state law with a secret meeting. Chalkbeat caught wind of the violation, and has…
One More Year
June 8, 2016
Aurora may grant reprieve to struggling elementary school facing charter takeover
The school board raised a variety of concerns and asked the district and charter to return to its June 21 meeting with an updated charter application and contract.
Out of time
June 7, 2016
Aurora school board votes to oust HOPE Online from district boundaries
The Aurora school board unanimously decided Tuesday to end its relationship with HOPE Online Learning Academy. But the charter will appeal to the State Board of Education.
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