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June 21, 2018
What you should know about the White House’s proposal to merge the education department into a new agency
The White House is proposing the federal education department merge with the labor department to form the Department of Education and the Workforce, officials announced…
July 28, 2017
What three New York City teens say about politics today — and getting their peers to vote
Plenty of adults are frustrated with politics these days, when turning on the television or reading the latest news alert brings a fresh jolt of…
rumor has it
March 3, 2017
Is New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on her way out?
Chatter has mounted recently over whether Fariña, after 50 years in public education, is on her way out. The city Department of Education says: "Not true."
October 7, 2016
New York City students talk about voting — and Donald Trump
In the onslaught of campaign TV ads this presidential election season, you may have seen this one: children sit in front of a TV screen watching Donald Trump deliver divisive comments about immigrants, women and people with disabilities. The ad wraps up with a message: “Our children are watching.” Apparently, so are New York City teenagers. Chalkbeat caught up with a handful of students this week as they registered to vote for the first time at an event organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. The group visited schools across the five boroughs, making sure teens didn’t miss out on the chance to cast their first ballot. Here’s what three teens at Pathways to Graduation at Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, an alternative school for older students working toward a high school equivalency degree, had to say about registering to vote, presidential politics and their hopes for the future. Tyrone Alexis, 19, Canarsie Tyrone Alexis wasn’t planning to vote. Then he got a crash course in civics from the New York Immigration Coalition. “They just said that basically the world gave us opportunity,” he said. “That’s the only power we get towards the government.” That was enough to convince him. Now that he’s registered, Alexis said he feels empowered -- and plans to make voting a social affair. “My friends, they plan to vote. We’re going to go together,” he said. The first ballot he’ll cast will be for Hillary Clinton, Alexis said. He was swayed by revelations that Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for almost two decades, as reported by the New York Times. “Hillary thinks that people that make a lot of money should pay more taxes than the people who don’t make a lot of money,” he said. Also on his mind as he heads to the ballot box: what kinds of work will be available once he and his friends enter the labor market. “We should get more jobs,” Alexis said. “That’s a big impact on the generation now." Kevin Narcisse, 19, Brooklyn Kevin Narcisse was born in the U.S., but his parents are from Haiti. Though he described his mom as a regular voter, Narcisse himself has yet to cast a ballot. Trump's stance on immigration convinced him to change that. “He wants our people, our moms and dads, to go back to their country. And that’s why I’m voting for Hillary," he said. "I don’t want to see my mom and dad to go back to their country."
August 8, 2016
State superintendent candidates want to kill ISTEP but differ on what should come next
Both candidates running for state superintendent agree that the state’s ISTEP exam has to go. But they disagree about what should replace it.
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July 8, 2015
Thousands pack rally to launch Jeffco school board recall effort
Wednesday’s campaign kickoff was the moment that many of the school board majority’s critics had been waiting for.
November 18, 2014
Carmen Fariña’s popularity rising
More voters than ever approve of the job being done by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, according to Tuesday’s Quinnipiac poll. Fariña’s approval rating has climbed…
June 3, 2013
Mayoral candidates walk a fine line on teacher evaluations
For mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, sleeping on the city’s new teacher and principal evaluation plans was an illuminating experience. … Thompson’s backpedaling — which, …
September 12, 2011
A glaring omission from Hick's Ed. Leadership Council
Almost eight months after declaring its creation by one of the first executive orders as governor, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office released the appointments to the Education Leadership Council (ELC) about ten days ago, to little fanfare. This is not very surprising; it is sometimes hard to get excited about another education-focused committee. But, if the ELC lives up to its charge – which is to “provide a meaningful forum for educators, community members, business leaders and lawmakers to examine the current status of education policies and make recommendations to the governor, General Assembly and governing boards regarding long-term improvements” – then this actually should be a fairly important committee. The 38-member ELC is a who’s who of education in Colorado, and understandably so considering the task it is embarking on. Since this group is mapping out the future of education in Colorado, it should be all-encompassing. As such, every major K-12 group or association’s interests are thoroughly represented (protected?) on the ELC. All except for one, that is. There is a glaring disparity in representation by charter schools, and I believe this is a real problem. Let me explain.
September 16, 2010
Jones a finalist for Vegas superintendent
Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones is one of three finalists to run the nation's fifth-largest school district.
August 30, 2010
Hick: No new money for education
School funding will remain tight, Democrat John Hickenlooper warned Monday as he unveiled plans for education if he’s elected governor. Video
June 1, 2010
Andrew Romanoff talks education
The former Speaker of the House made his mark on education in Colorado. But what does the Senate hopeful plan at the federal level?
April 14, 2010
CEA won’t sign on for round 2 of R2T
The statewide teachers' union, angry over comments by the state's education commissioner, is withholding support for Race to the Top
March 23, 2010
School board contribution limits fail
The House has defeated House Bill 10-1272, which would have imposed contribution limits in school board and RTD races.
February 25, 2010
Gubernatorial candidates talk education
John Hickenlooper and Scott McInnis, vying to become Colorado's next governor, addressed the state League of Charter Schools last week. See videos.
February 22, 2010
Supreme Court strikes down A54
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday threw out Amendment 54, the campaign contributions limit passed by voters in 2008.
January 19, 2010
Final tally for DPS school board races
Jaw-dropping amounts of money flowed into DPS board elections from would-be reformers near and far while state and local labor unions united in a covert push to fight them.
December 4, 2009
Cary Kennedy’s balancing act
State Treasurer Cary Kennedy walked a fine line Friday, defending the orthodox view of Amendment 23 while avoiding criticism of Gov. Bill Ritter's take on A23.
November 30, 2009
Controversial vote looms for DPS board
Denver Public Schools’ board members face one of their most contentious votes in recent years Monday as they weigh turnaround plans for six of the district’s lowest-performing schools.
October 28, 2009
New Dem faces for Senate Ed
Brand-new Democratic senators Michael Johnston and Pat Steadman will join the Senate Education Committee for the 2010 session, and Vice Chair Chris Romer is leaving the panel.
October 23, 2009
Unions pump cash into Jeffco races
Teachers' unions have contributed significantly in some Jefferson and Boulder County school board races, while business is heavily supporting the proposed Greeley schools tax increase.
October 16, 2009
Hickenlooper weighs in on DPS races
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper endorses Mary Seawell and Ismael Garcia for the city's school board.
October 14, 2009
Seawell tops in dollars raised, spent [UPDATED]
Denver Public Schools at-large candidate Mary Seawell is leading all other DPS school board candidates in dollars raised and spent. Updated with all candidates.
October 14, 2009
GOP outspends AFT in Dougco races
Nearly $50,000 has been raised by candidates in four hotly contested Douglas County school board races.
October 12, 2009
Intra-party squabble spices Dougco races
A conservative slate of school board candidates backed by the Douglas County GOP has moderate Republicans in the state's third-largest school district worried.
October 1, 2009
One-stop DPS board election info center
Check here regularly for updates on the Denver school board races, including new videos, podcasts, and information on debate and forum times and dates. Updated Friday.
September 24, 2009
DPS candidates on stage at Bruce Randolph
Some chairs on stage were empty. But five of the eight expected candidates for Denver Public Schools’ board of education answered questions for more than…
September 15, 2009
DPS candidate declines “special interest” forums
A Denver Public Schools board candidate is refusing to attend forums sponsored by several community and education groups because they accept money from two foundations…
September 15, 2009
DCTA names endorsements
The pace is picking up in what is expected to be a lively campaign for the Denver school board. Wednesday, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association…
June 23, 2009
Judge puts campaign amendment on ice
Denver District Judge Catherine Lemon Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the 2008 constitutional amendment that severely restricts political campaign contributions. The amendment was challenged in court by a broad coalition of civic leaders and labor groups, including teachers’ unions.
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