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Melanie Asmar

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Melanie Asmar has covered Denver Public Schools for Chalkbeat Colorado since 2015. Asmar previously worked at Westword newspaper in Denver and for a daily newspaper in New Hampshire, where she covered education. Follow her on Twitter at @MelanieAsmar.

If the lawsuit is dismissed, it will end a high-profile dispute that earned Denver Public Schools significant criticism.
“The reality is, at several points in the near future, we’re all going to have to make unpopular decisions,” Superintendent Alex Marrero said.
The Denver school board rejected a pared down recommendation to close just 2 schools. Members called for more community engagement even as budget questions loom.
“I really like my school and I want to keep it open because it’s like family to us,” one second grader told the Denver board, which is set to vote Thursday on recommended school closures.
El junta escolar tiene la última palabra. La junta tiene programado votar por la recomendación el 17 de noviembre. Se requiere mayoría de votos para aprobar la recomendación.
The 5 schools Superintendent Alex Marrero is prioritizing for closure are: Denver Discovery School, Schmitt Elementary, Fairview Elementary, IAD at Harrington, and MSLA.
Los líderes de los distritos de Denver, Jeffco y Aurora tuvieron en cuenta varios factores a la hora de decidir qué escuelas cerrar. Aquí veremos cómo cada distrito está manejando el cierre de escuelas.
As Colorado districts prepare to vote on school closures, Chalkbeat answered some common questions.
“The rescission of the policy allows the board to give Marrero a new direction,” Denver board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said.
“The treatment we’ve experienced in the last two months is a direct example of institutionalized racism.”
The Denver school board will vote on Nov. 17. The Jeffco school board will vote on Nov. 10.
Superintendent Alex Marrero defends his list of 10 schools recommended for closure.
The Denver school board is set to vote on the school closure recommendations on Nov. 17.
The school, which serves 188 students, will close at the end of this school year.
A Chalkbeat analysis found that Denver schools opened at a rapid pace as enrollment climbed. Now school closures are looming.
Two of the systems are related to special education. The other two are related to the central office and the role of the school board.
Video from a meeting between students and district staff reveals tensions in the dispute over the podcast trademark, which is now the subject of a lawsuit.
The decision to close Denver’s Montbello 12 years ago was marked by controversy. The reopening has seen some controversy, too — but also hope.
The district is exempt from the law because its health plans are self-funded. However, some large employers have provided coverage for fertility treatment.
The 5280 Freedom School plans to open next fall with kindergarten and first grade, and add grades each year up to fifth grade.
One student called Denver Public Schools’ actions “an example of performative support of student activism.”
Four Black students allege that Denver Public Schools unlawfully tried to trademark the name of their Know Justice, Know Peace podcast.
Two Colorado schools earned a National Blue Ribbon award for closing academic gaps between all students and historically underserved groups. Two more won the honor for academic excellence.
The boys attend “affective needs centers,” which are separate classrooms designed to serve students with emotional disabilities.
These are Colorado’s first school ratings based on complete test results since 2019.