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Eric Gorski

Managing Editor for Local News

Eric Gorski is one of Chalkbeat’s managing editors for local news. He was previously bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado. Gorski has worked as an investigative and projects reporter for The Denver Post, a national writer for The Associated Press, and a reporter for The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, The Oregonian, and the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail. He was twice named the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Writer of the Year, and was part of The Denver Post staff’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. Gorski is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at The University of Kansas.

School board leadership reiterates support for confirmation of Alex Marrero as Denver schools superintendent.
Over the next several months, Chalkbeat will introduce you to ninth graders across the U.S. trying to figure it all out.
Journalists from news organizations across Colorado set out to chronicle a day in the life of the state’s residents during this extraordinary time. These are their stories.
We don’t know when we’ll be able to return the animals to Room 153, or what school will look like across the country when that happens.
The COVID-19 crisis has forced many states into the uncharted territory of trying to conduct business meetings virtually.
Many of the state’s school districts had already decided to close, with mostly rural districts being the exception.
The 92,000-student district acknowledged the “unexpected change is inconvenient for families” but said it had little choice.
These are the latest negative mailers in what has become a heated, big-money Denver school board election.
The legal challenge focuses on the role of MGT Consulting, a for-profit firm also in line to manage operations at the Adams 14 district and two Aurora schools.
After the deadly Highland Ranch school shooting, parents and educators share their fears, frustrations, and what school was like the day after the tragedy.
‘It’s never been administration-versus-teachers, district-versus-teachers, in the culture we have created here.’
A teacher loyal to the union cause remained in her classroom because she said she couldn’t afford to strike and lose the pay.
Students are welcoming their teachers back this morning, on what is certain to be an unusual day in Denver schools. Here’s how you can tell us your post-strike story.
The Denver Classroom Teachers Association began a strike Monday, its first in 25 years, over disagreements with Denver Public Schools about how much teachers are paid and how much bonuses for incentivizing where teachers teach should matter.
During the Denver teacher strike, immigrant teachers have remained in the classroom. An email from HR said — falsely — that the Denver school district would have to report striking immigrant teachers to federal authorities. The district apologized, but some teachers still don’t feel safe.
In the last two years, Denver Classroom Teachers Association officials say, membership has swelled to 3,800. That means 72 percent of eligible teachers, nurses, counselors and others are now choosing to pay $70 a month to belong to the union.
Inside schools during the Denver teacher strike, staff experienced logistical challenges without union teachers.
Denver Superintendent Susana Cordova’s response to the teachers strike the night before it began: “I don’t believe it’s in our city’s best interest to take money out of the hands of teachers working in higher poverty places to spread around the city so everyone gets an increase.”
Denver teachers go on strike Monday morning for the first time in 25 years. It’s a big development not just in the ongoing dispute between school district and union leaders over how much and how teachers are paid, but also in the history of Denver Public Schools.
The Denver teacher strike starts Monday after union officials rebuffed the district’s request to keep talking less than 24 hours before the planned start of the city’s first teachers strike in 25 years.
A half-dozen civil rights and community group leaders united Thursday to rally behind pay incentives for teachers in high-poverty Denver schools, aligning with the school district in the most contentious piece of a pay dispute with its teachers union. A statement from the coalition, delivered as Denver is on the
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis got involved in the ongoing teachers pay dispute between the Denver school district and teachers union. Both sides met separately with the governor to tell their side of the story.
Johnston was a key architect of Colorado’s teacher effectiveness law, the READ Act literacy law, and other reforms.
The goal is to strike a balance: ensuring schools are able to operate while making sure picketing teachers are free to speak their minds.
While classes at charter schools wouldn’t be directly affected by a Denver strike, any labor action will still touch those students and their families.
The decision is not always black and white for many Denver teachers, regardless of where they ultimately land.
Denver teachers are voting on whether to strike for the first time in 25 years. A strike would affect roughly 71,000 students and 5,300 teachers.
There are two days of negotiations scheduled before a potential strike vote on Saturday.
The governor-elect is a former member of the State Board of Education and the founder of two charter school networks.
Schools have become fertile ground for anti-Semitic and other bias-fueled incidents — and in some cases, the setting for determined efforts to stamp them out.