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February 8, 2017
Gifted and talented center at Wheat Ridge High School on chopping block as part of Jeffco budget cuts
Cutting off district funding to a popular gifted and talented program at Wheat Ridge High School is one of the contentious steps Jeffco Public Schools has proposed to cope with its budget crisis.
February 7, 2017
Is Jeffco Public Schools about to cut programs that haven’t gotten a chance to succeed?
In its bid to cut $20 million from next year's budget, Jeffco Public Schools is looking to eliminate two programs that have posted promising results so far.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Beyond the three Rs: Schools sharpen focus on social and emotional learning in 2016
Colorado educators are increasingly focusing on social and emotional skills to help improve student achievement and outcomes.
November 7, 2016
Five things teachers can do to help kids who’ve endured trauma
In the space of five minutes, you’ll feel like your heart broke then got pieced back together. That’s the impact of a…
September 22, 2016
In a long-neglected Denver neighborhood, an innovative preschool offers sanctuary
Residents wanted a new preschool in their Northeast Denver neighborhood, but feared they'd be edged out by more affluent families farther east.
catching some zzzzs
August 15, 2016
Two of Colorado’s largest districts explore later high school start times
Two big Colorado districts are considering later high school start times for 2017 because research shows such schedules have health and academic benefits for students.
Don't be a stranger
March 16, 2016
Join a club, get to know a teacher: one school’s push for success starts with relationships
Extracurricular participation and strong student-teacher relationships aren't left to chance at Louisville Middle. School leaders say they're critical to student success.
mental health 'crisis'
November 23, 2015
City’s new mental health plan includes 100 school health workers and focus on pre-K
New York City’s efforts to improve mental health services in schools will reach many more students by 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
November 12, 2015
As de Blasio tries to tackle mental illness, students’ mental health is a priority
City Hall released a report Thursday showing that many New Yorkers struggle with their mental health, including thousands of students.
February 19, 2015
New push to quantify, prevent preschool expulsions in Colorado
With a recent federal spotlight on the issue of preschool expulsion, some Colorado stakeholders want the state to collect data on incidence rates and create policies around the topic.
January 24, 2014
Schools experiment with universal mental health screenings
Formal universal mental health screenings are rare in schools around Colorado and the nation. Still, interest appears to be growing.
May 30, 2012
Walcott announces mental health funds, threatens aide layoffs
Dozens of schools will get new access to mental health services for their students under a $30 million initiative that Chancellor Dennis Walcott unveiled today. Walcott introduced the new initiative during a City Council hearing about the Department of Education's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. Chancellor Dennis Walcott testifies at City Council's budget hearing today. The Department of Education's proposed budget is $19.7 billion, 1.5 percent higher than this year. The increase, which comes after three years of budget cuts, is allowing the city to add teachers rather than cut them this year. But Walcott cautioned that the city would still have to lay off 225 school workers who are represented by the District Council 37 union. Principals cut the workers loose last year but the department has been covering their costs, according to Walcott, who called the arrangement "unsustainable." “I don’t want to see any layoffs, I know DC 37 doesn’t want to either, and most of all, neither do the men and women affected by the prospective loss of employment,” said Walcott. “If we can work with the union to identify savings and concessions to offset these costs, layoffs are avoidable, and I’m hopeful this can be accomplished.” The department laid off around 700 school aides in October after negotiations to save their jobs failed. A DC-37 official declined to comment immediately on the threatened layoffs, saying that the union was surprised by Walcott's comments before the council.
May 1, 2012
School EMS referrals, on the rise, catch City Council's attention
Sonya Turner knew her daughter struggled in school, both socially and academically. But when an assistant principal called one afternoon last October to say that her daughter, Cashmiere, had turned suicidal and needed to be sent to the Emergency Room for psychiatric evaluation, Turner said she didn't believe it. When she visited the school that afternoon to follow up, she was told she would not be allowed to speak with Cashmiere until she met with school administrators. Turner refused and angrily confronted school officials until she had to be restrained school safety officers. "I was livid, I was cursing, I was very irate," Parker said. "If anyone should have been admitted to a psychiatric ward it should have been me, not my child," In the end, school officials sent Cashmiere to the ER anyway. She is one of hundreds of students who each year are forcibly referred to emergency medical services by principals who believe that they could be dangerous to themselves or others. Those numbers are on the rise, education department officials told City Council members at a hearing on mental health services in schools today. During the 2010-2011 school year, principals and assistant principals sent students to the E.R. 947 times, a 12 percent spike from the previous school year. "We have work to do because that number is not going in the right direction," said Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm said in her testimony.
September 11, 2011
Ask an Expert: Talking to your kids about 9/11
Today, the media is filled with commemorative programs and special reports on the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The images can be disturbing. Get some tips on how to talk to your children and what to do if they become anxious about what happened on that day.
August 19, 2011
This week's healthy schools highlights
Adolescent health series focuses on mental health, stress & sleep - Healthy school lunch packing tips - Cutting short school lunch time may lead to obesity - Fresh food revolution comes to Colorado schools - Study: Kids with nut allergies teased, excluded - Smokeless tobacco products pose new problems to health officials.
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