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Eric Gorski is bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado. Gorski has previously worked as a reporter for The Denver Post – covering everything from K-12 education and religion to marijuana legalization – and as a national writer for the Associated Press.
July 25, 2016
Rise & Shine: Changes coming to federal free lunch program?
LIFE PRESERVER Taking no chances, the Colorado Department of Education is offering to play an outsized role in helping struggling Pueblo City Schools find its…
July 22, 2016
Rise & Shine: Was Pueblo superintendent forced out?
THE CHOSEN Seventeen people from a range of backgrounds and perspectives will help lead Colorado’s efforts to draft a new state education plan. Chalkbeat…
July 18, 2016
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July 15, 2016
Rise & Shine: Investigation raises questions over northeast Denver high school
STATE OF CHARTERS Colorado’s charter schools are more diverse, performing better and paying teachers less, according to a new report on the state of the…
weakness in numbers
July 12, 2016
Colorado isn’t producing nearly enough teachers, new report finds
With traditional teacher programs in decline and retirements on the rise, Colorado needs to do something.
July 8, 2016
Rise & Shine: Comparing Colorado’s spending on prison beds versus classrooms
KEEPING HOPE ALIVE The State Board of Education, which consistently preaches local control, overruled Aurora Public Schools’ move to evict a poor-performing online charter school…
July 7, 2016
State board pledges $1 million to bail out rural Colorado district reeling from coal industry collapse
The state Department of Education will give a $1 million emergency bailout to the 350-student South Routt School District.
July 6, 2016
Rise & Shine: Clinton draws cheers — and scattered boos — in teachers union speech
BIG POWER, BIG INFLUENCE In a wide-ranging interview with Chalkbeat, the CEO of Pearson said the company has a larger responsibility to be part of…
July 1, 2016
Rise & Shine: Colorado wants to pioneer next-gen states, but wait …
SCREEN TIME Five Colorado teachers who attended this week’s big edtech conference in Denver share their experiences, illustrating the benefits and limitations of using technology to…
cracking the code
June 28, 2016
How Hillary Clinton wants to make computer science courses available to every kid in America
The presumptive Democratic nominee it promoting increased investment in STEM initiatives, but the political prospects (as usual) are unclear.
June 24, 2016
Rise & Shine: Race to the Top learning tour hits St. Vrain
PRIMARY CONCERNS Two contested primaries for State Board of Education seats feature upstart candidates seeking to topple favorites of their respective parties’ establishments. Chalkbeat Colorado…
June 23, 2016
Can either of these candidates help swing the State Board of Education to the Democrats?
Rebecca McClellan is former mayor pro tem of Centennial. Ilana Spiegel is an author and former counselor. Here are their responses to questions from Chalkbeat.
June 21, 2016
Rise & Shine: Dougco board members didn’t violate policy in meeting with student, report finds
LEFT BEHIND What Colorado’s numbers in a recent state report tell us — and don’t tell us — about how schools are preparing students for…
June 20, 2016
What Colorado’s numbers tell us — and don’t tell us — about who needs remedial work in college
At two-year institutions, 82 percent of black students and almost 70 percent of Hispanic students required remediation.
June 10, 2016
Rise & Shine: New website shows costs and benefits of college
WHICH SCHOOLS ARE HOTTEST? Of Denver school buildings identified as having the hottest temperatures, two-thirds have populations of low-income students that exceed the district average. A bond issue proposal would put…
June 3, 2016
Rise & Shine: Trying to arrest the “summer slide” with smart camps
TAXING DECISION Denver voters would be asked to approve a $628 million tax increase to build new schools, upgrade existing ones, and pay for programs and staff under…
catch up if you can
May 27, 2016
Remediation rates rise slightly in Colorado
As in past years, the remediation rates of African-American and Hispanic students are higher.
May 27, 2016
Weekend Reads: How New Orleans’ top schools exclude students with the greatest needs
Plus, a spoken-word commencement poem goes viral, the long-term benefits of integrated schools and more in this week's must education reads.
May 27, 2016
Rise & Shine: Striving for equity in Denver’s gifted and talented programs
SEEKING DIVERSITY Rather than relying on a system that favors children with engaged parents, Denver Public Schools is testing all students in three grades to determine…
May 26, 2016
Details of settlement agreement between education commissioner, state board made public
Not even five months into his tenure, Crandall agreed to resign “in lieu of termination” and cite personal reasons, according to a settlement agreement released.
giving up too soon
May 25, 2016
Should preschool suspensions and expulsions be banned? Three takeaways from “The Discipline Debate.”
About 100 people filled a room at the headquarters of Mile High United Way in Denver to hear from four speakers.
full court press
May 24, 2016
Douglas County’s revived school voucher program faces yet another court challenge
In March, a divided Douglas County school board approved the updated pilot voucher program that members of the board's conservative majority say meets the criteria of the state high court decision against the original initiative.
May 20, 2016
Rise & Shine: Valedictorian returns home — to her former internment camp
WE HARDLY KNEW THEE Colorado Education Commissioner Rich Crandall resigned abruptly Thursday barely four months into the role, leaving questions about what happened and what happens…
May 13, 2016
Rise & Shine: Eastern plains district moves to allow medical marijuana
SINE DIE When it comes to education, the 2016 legislative session was more about what didn’t happen than what did. We run down the hits and…
May 9, 2016
Rise & Shine: More Colorado high school students taking college courses
movin' on up
May 6, 2016
More Colorado high schoolers taking college courses
Nearly 30 percent of Colorado’s 11th-graders and 12th-graders took part in a dual enrollment program during 2014-15 – an increase of 15 percent over the previous year.
May 6, 2016
Rise & Shine: Bullying crimes down in U.S. schools
Put to the test
April 29, 2016
How Colorado districts comply with state law speaks volumes about their views on testing
With the state’s official testing window closing, the coming months will provide a clearer picture of how the new testing law impacted participation and other issues.
April 29, 2016
Rise & Shine: Proposal to boost school funding clears legislative hurdle
April 27, 2016
Why Colorado’s testing opt-out movement could struggle to build on 2015’s big numbers
Fewer tests, less political rancor and other factors may dim opt-out momentum this spring.
April 22, 2016
Rise & Shine: Attracting aspiring educators to southwestern Colorado
back in court
Updated April 19, 2016
Lawsuit from conservative group challenges Douglas County voucher program barring religious schools
A conservative legal group representing three Douglas County families filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging a recently revamped school district voucher program that excludes religious…
April 14, 2016
MiDian Holmes steps aside, will not take Denver school board seat
Board president Anne Rowe released a statement saying the board accepts Holmes' decision and will continue to search for a member to represent northeast Denver.
April 14, 2016
Denver school board divided over vote to fill vacant seat, ballots show
MiDian Holmes got enough votes to be one of three finalists, then prevailed 4-2 in a second round of voting, according to ballots obtained in a records request.
shock to the system
April 13, 2016
Denver school board knew of child abuse conviction before appointing new board member
MiDian Holmes plans move forward in representing northeast Denver on the board, a district official said.
April 8, 2016
Rise & Shine: Reading, writing … and wriggling
Does quality stack up?
April 1, 2016
Move over, GED. Coloradans will have three choices for high school equivalency exams
The move to three high-school equivalency tests will bring savings, but critics contend the quality of the alternatives falls short of the revamped GED.
April 1, 2016
Rise & Shine: School finance bill imperils small rural districts
March 25, 2016
Rise & Shine: Does atheist literature belong in the school library?
mind the gap
Updated March 29, 2016
Denver and Aurora achievement gaps among nation’s widest, index finds
Both Denver and Aurora public schools were recognized for narrowing achievement gaps by one measure.
March 18, 2016
House bill seeks to eliminate charter school exemptions
March 15, 2016
New-look school voucher program approved by divided Douglas County board
The Douglas County school board is pushing ahead with a revised voucher program that bars religious schools from taking part.
March 11, 2016
Rise & Shine: Greeley principals resign amid parent survey scandal
try try again
March 10, 2016
Voucher program would be revived in Douglas County under proposal — minus religious schools
Members of the Douglas County school board's conservative majority are proposing an amended voucher program while continuing to make a legal case for the original.
READ Act Spat
Updated March 9, 2016
Thousands of young English learners will take literacy tests in English under state board action
Despite strong opposition, the State Board of Education changed the rules for early literacy testing for students in bilingual and dual-language programs
March 8, 2016
A proven success or unnecessarily abusive? The emotional debate about ‘no excuses’ discipline
Some charter schools that espouse the "no excuses" approach are reconsidering their approach to discipline, or using more positive language to describe what they do.
Updated March 8, 2016
New citywide campaign tries to attract minority educators to Denver
The goal is to recruit more than 70 "exceptional" teachers of color and 10 principals or school leaders of color, district officials said.
March 4, 2016
Rise & Shine: New-look SAT debuts nationwide this weekend
February 24, 2016
Rise & Shine: Sue Klebold on her journey to mental-health advocacy
February 18, 2016
Help wanted: School board seat representing northeast Denver now open
The Denver school board has laid out the process and timeframe for replacing Landri Taylor as the Region 4 representative.
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