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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.

The applicants are vying to replace Brad Laurvick, who will step down next month.
Manual High’s JROTC program will be transferred to bigger Northfield High school next year, a move alumni who praise the program and its instructor say is wrong.
El distrito de Denver ahorrará millones de dolares por el corte de 76 puestos. Así se propone gastarlos.
The amended bill gives semi-autonomous innovation zones some recourse when they disagree with school district decisions while preserving local control.
But the district is leaving the details to schools, and not all students are getting help.
Among the uses: opening six community hubs serving students and families, raising hourly wages, and more.
The board is looking to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of member Brad Laurvick, who represents northwest Denver.
Denver Superintendent Alex Marrero is cutting dozens of administrator and support jobs to save DPS $9 million.
Polis is one of few elected Democrats to speak out against the changes, which could make it harder for charters to get startup grants.
As Denver debates contentious issues, school leaders were told to keep concerns internal and support district positions when acting in an official capacity.
Denver directs more money to schools where students have higher needs. But per-student funding is increasingly coming under fire.
The bill would give semi-autonomous innovation zones a recourse they don’t currently have when they disagree with local school board decisions.
Spurred by student advocacy, the Denver school board is expected to pass a set of climate action policies that high schoolers co-created.
The board is hoping to appoint someone in June to serve the remainder of Brad Laurvick’s term, which ends in November 2023.
Many teachers support reunification as best for students and the community, but the layoffs are a painful part of the process.
Los cierres de escuelas son muy impopulares y a menudo injustos. Denver corre el riesgo de repetirlo.
Denver Public Schools and the teachers union are collaborating on quantifying the work of specialists like school psychologists to make their jobs more manageable.
The committee’s purpose is a controversial one: to come up with criteria for closing or consolidating schools.
The State Board of Education will decide next steps at Central, which is facing intervention after years of low test scores.
The new policy, known as an executive limitation, passed in a contentious 5-2 vote late Thursday after five hours of public testimony.
The Denver school board is sticking with a plan to extend union protections to all teachers but walked back other proposals, including standardizing the calendar.
Schools are teetering between optimism and exhaustion two years into the pandemic.
The study was commissioned by the district and the teachers union, who are back at the negotiating table as the school board debates a policy change on bonuses.
Denver Public Schools is spending $8 million of its federal coronavirus relief funds this year and next year to fill gaps in school budgets caused by lower student counts.
Principals who responded generally oppose the proposal, which would shore up teacher job protections, standardize school calendars, and even ban busywork.
A school board proposal that would shore up teacher job protections, standardize school calendars, and more has divided teachers, principals, and parents.
The contracts with the tutoring companies are outcomes-based, meaning they only get paid the full amount if students make academic progress.
Denver schools are short on substitute teachers, and Mayor Michael Hancock taught three high school classes Friday to raise awareness of the need.
The Denver school board voted to shift middle and high school start times to 8:20 a.m. or later. To do so, the district may cut bus routes.
Proponents say it would ensure all teachers are treated fairly, but critics say it would erode the flexibility that allows innovation schools to serve students well.