Rise & Shine: How one program helps provide substance abuse treatment in schools

As Denver neighborhood demographics have changed, Denver schools have segregated. Denver Public Schools has called it a problem and has experimented with ways to create more integrated schools.

Two years ago, six schools and one high school, signed on to try the district's newest idea to change how they fill their empty seats by giving priority to students who come from low-income households. The goal was to increase socioeconomic integration. But, results were mixed, Melanie Asmar reports.

In other news you might have missed over the holiday weekend, a story about a program that provides substance abuse help in schools, a mourning school community in El Paso county and a story about the divide between diversity initiatives at one state college, and the students who want the support.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter


INTEGRATION Denver Public Schools prioritized filling empty seats at six elementary schools and one high school with low-income students. Chalkbeat

ACCESS TO CARE Six schools in the Denver metro area offer addiction treatment during school, including with a therapy dog, through a program started in the 2015-2016 school year. Denver Post

DIVERSITY Some students of color and critics of university administration believe diversity is not sufficiently valued within the highest ranks of decision-making at CU. Daily Camera

CRISIS SUPPORT A school community mourns the sudden loss of Ellicott School District 22’s middle school principal. Gazette

TWO CENTS Brandi Chin, the founding director at Denver School of Science and Technology’s newest middle school in far northeast Denver, to open in fall 2018, talks about the charter’s integration model. Denver Post