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out of pocket
13 hours ago
Pencils, shelving, wiggly chairs: What Colorado teachers bought for their classrooms — and why
Chalkbeat reached out to teachers around the state to ask how much they spent out of pocket on their classrooms.
Free for All
16 hours ago
A benefit of free lunch for all: fewer students get repeatedly suspended, new study suggests
Allowing an entire school to eat for free can reduce the number of students who get suspended multiple times, according to a new study.
September 5, 2018
Indianapolis’ new idea to get kids through college: Stop small stumbles from becoming big barriers
Many students are capable of college coursework and could qualify for financial aid — but too many of them are failing at the logistics of getting into college.
August 31, 2018
What do you say to a young child who might be at risk for suicide?
Talking about suicide with young children can feel scary or inappropriate, but broaching the subject can save lives.
August 31, 2018
Young lives lost: Suicide prevention efforts expand slowly and cautiously in elementary schools
After the suicide of a 9-year-old Denver boy, lawmakers and educators are grappling with the realization that children need more mental health support.
August 30, 2018
A $1 million grant will help Denver schools train teachers to address student trauma
The donation is not tied to recent tragedies, but district officials said it could prevent future ones.
August 21, 2018
After a spike in unpaid school lunches last year, Denver takes steps to prevent a reprise
A year after the Denver school district instituted a policy meant to prevent lunch-shaming, district officials are planning new measures to reduce debt from unpaid meals.
August 15, 2018
To close or evolve? As teen birth rates drop, school programs for teen parents face a new landscape
With record-low teen birth rates in Colorado, some school districts are downsizing or closing their teen parent programs. Others have worked to adapt to the times.
August 13, 2018
Fair and objective or useless and biased? A Chalkbeat guide to the case for and against New York City’s specialized high school test
When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to scrap the exam that serves as the sole entrance criteria for New York City’s…
Getting to college
August 10, 2018
This undocumented student is ready for college. But in Indiana, it might be out of reach
Most high schools lack expertise — or even basic awareness — of how to guide students in Lester's situation through the college application process.
August 7, 2018
Aurora school district expands translation and interpretation in response to parent demands
The Aurora school district is centralizing and expanding language services for families this school year.
August 7, 2018
These Indianapolis schools are getting $7.5 million to fight drug abuse
Adults in Indiana are more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident.
July 25, 2018
Seeking to broaden its support base, Jeffco looks at building bridges to community
Among many benefits schools can get from an engaged community, Jeffco is looking ahead at a possible ballot question for new funding.
July 19, 2018
There are lots of ways schools teach English learners. Here’s how it works.
Many school districts have been, or are under, federal orders to improve education for English learners.
July 5, 2018
Jeffco takes collaborative approach as it considers later school start times
The group crafting recommendations, which is still open to new members, is seeking public input.
Battle of the Bands
June 29, 2018
How one group unites, provides opportunities for Memphis-area musicians
A drumline’s cadence filled the corners of Fairley High School’s band room, where 260 band members from across Memphis wrapped up their final…
Business of education
June 29, 2018
Memphis school leaders pledge ‘a new day’ in contracting with diverse business owners
The plan comes about seven months after a study commissioned by the school board highlighted wide disparities for businesses owned by white women and people of color.
June 28, 2018
Lead hurts kids, including their ability to learn. But new research shows cities can help.
Being exposed to lead can substantially harm children, pushing test scores down and suspension rates up. A new study says there’s a lot that can be done about it
June 25, 2018
Colorado releases new childhood immunization data: See how your school measures up
Colorado recently released the second version of its school-by-school immunization database.
June 22, 2018
When Denver stopped lunch-shaming, debt from unpaid meals skyrocketed
After the Denver school district outlawed lunch-shaming last fall, debt from unpaid lunches ballooned.
June 18, 2018
More bullying reported at New York City schools, study shows
More New York City students say there is bullying in their schools, a report released Monday showed. The findings also revealed that…
June 15, 2018
What would these students tell newly trained teachers? ‘Be woke’
Respect for others, being resourceful, and confronting biases are among the lessons four high-school-age students wanted to convey during a panel discussion for…
Updated September 11, 2018
Five Chicago student activists on why they will be in your face this summer
Trevon Bosley’s brother was murdered while attending band rehearsal at church. Shot from the street while helping a friend with drums in 2006,…
How I Help
May 31, 2018
When she couldn’t reach a student’s parents, this Colorado counselor discovered the growing role of grandparents
In our “How I Help” series, we feature school counselors, social workers, and psychologists across Colorado who have been recognized for their work. You can…
May 30, 2018
The ‘shadow education system’: How wealthier students benefit from art, music, and theater over the summer while poor kids miss out
More affluent kids are about twice as likely to visit a museum, art gallery, or historical site, compared with peers from low-income families.
feeling the heat
May 28, 2018
Higher temperatures equal lower test scores — study confirms that students learn less in overheated classrooms
A warm classroom is not conducive to learning, as any student trying to pay attention to a teacher’s lecture on a hot day can attest. There’s research to back that up.
May 25, 2018
Adams 14 proposing expanding mindfulness and other programs for student well-being
The mindfulness program and a Random Acts of Kindness curriculum is already being used at a few schools.
Police in schools
May 18, 2018
The Denver school district is exploring the idea of creating its own police officers
This is not yet a formal proposal, but the idea is already generating pushback.
May 11, 2018
A new guide aims to help Colorado school districts offer mental health support to students
A Colorado nonprofit group released a new tool kit to help teachers, parents, and administrators infuse mental health support into schools.
May 9, 2018
Group studying Adams 14 recess recommends 20 minutes, training, and new equipment
The recess committee was convened after complaints about reduced time for recess this year.
Progress of a sort
May 8, 2018
Colorado lawmakers take one small step – but no more – to reduce youth suicide
A bill that gives small training grants to schools is the only legislation this session to tackle the second leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24.
trading for tuition
May 7, 2018
New deal gives Aurora staff and graduates discounted college tuition at one online school
To get the discounts, Aurora Public Schools will pay for construction of a new building for CSU-Global.
May 7, 2018
Detroit parents can take classes in clipping coupons and writing resumes. Will they sign up?
All classes are free and open to parents, caregivers and community members but the Parent Academy program seems to be off to a slow start. A Chalkbeat reporter stopped by three classes last week, selected at random, and found no students attending any of them.
May 4, 2018
Free school lunch for all, meant to reduce stigma, may also keep students healthier
In 2015, two Obama cabinet secretaries encouraged schools to try a new way of handling free lunch: give it to everyone, no family paperwork required.
April 25, 2018
Push to curb academic segregation on the Upper West Side generates a backlash — and support
“We are not offering all students equity and access across all the district,” said District 3 Superintendent Ilene Altschul. “We need to do something.”
April 24, 2018
Memphis students present demands on school safety in wake of Parkland shooting
The list includes hiring more school counselors, offering conflict resolution classes and help in advocating against giving guns to teachers.
April 23, 2018
Nearly 60 percent of Newark 12th-graders are chronically absent. Now, a conference tries to tackle the issue.
Newark's chronic absenteeism rate is more than double the national average.
April 17, 2018
Westminster’s model part of dispute with federal investigators in education of students learning English
Westminster schools may have failed to identify scores of students needing help learning English, and also neglected to effectively teach many of those students, according…
April 12, 2018
This bill could help Colorado foster youth keep their school – and graduate – even when home changes
Last year, just 23.6 percent of youth in foster care graduated on time, down 10 points since 2016. That's far worse than homeless teens fare.
April 9, 2018
Community angst growing as decision on new Sheridan superintendent nears
The Sheridan school board will continue deliberations in executive session on Tuesday.
April 4, 2018
Responsibility for translation and interpretation can’t fall to students, according to new Aurora policy
The policy was written after parents asked the district and school board to improve services.
April 4, 2018
Living out the legacy of Dr. King, as told by three Memphis students
Some Memphis students were center stage during Wednesday's commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Others missed school to witness the day's events.
April 3, 2018
Colorado’s Spanish spelling bee is growing as more students, from different backgrounds, take on the challenge
Three top spellers from Colorado will get sent to the National Spanish Spelling Bee this July.
March 28, 2018
To close persistent disparities in discipline, some Aurora teachers are confronting racial bias
The most focused work on the issue is led at 13 Aurora schools and paid for by the Denver Foundation.
By the numbers
March 27, 2018
More gifted programs join New York City’s school diversity efforts
Enrollment in the city's gifted programs is almost the reverse of the overall demographics in the school system.
March 27, 2018
Food for thought: Students’ test scores rise a few weeks after families get food stamps
The timing of a family’s food stamp benefits affects their children’s academic performance, according to a new study.
March 26, 2018
Westminster district signs agreement to better serve students learning English
The U.S. Department of Justice said the agreement was reached to resolve the district's "noncompliance."
March 22, 2018
‘We’re not kidding about this,’ says one teen leader of Memphis march on gun violence
Simran Bains is one of more than a dozen teenagers from across Greater Memphis who have come together to help plan this Saturday’s March for our Lives.
March 16, 2018
These 11-year-old Brooklyn students are asking New York City to do something about segregated schools
While they learned about the history of segregation, a group of Brooklyn 11-year-olds took a good look around their classrooms and realized their…
March 14, 2018
Balloons, hearts, and ‘die-ins’: How Colorado students marked National Walkout Day
The protests took different forms across the region – and not everyone wanted the event to be political.
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