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Melanie Asmar covers Denver Public Schools. Asmar previously worked as a reporter for Westword newspaper in Denver and for a daily newspaper in her native New Hampshire. She joined Chalkbeat Colorado in 2015.
10 hours ago
These 30 people will help reimagine Denver’s controversial school rating system
“This is going to be messy and emotionally charged."
14 hours ago
Rise & Shine: Colorado lawmakers are considering standardizing active shooter drills
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. SCHOOL REPORT CARDS It soon could…
2 days ago
Back-to-school supplies in some Colorado schools include kitty litter and buckets for lockdowns
“We want to give our kids dignity in the middle of this type of crisis."
August 16, 2019
Stand for Children endorses three candidates for Denver school board
The group has spent more than $200,000 over the past eight years to elect pro-reform candidates.
Updated August 16, 2019
Facing big test score gaps, Denver praises schools where students of color making progress
“We have a lot of work to do in closing gaps,” Superintendent Susana Cordova said.
August 15, 2019
Rise & Shine: Sheridan installs indoor shooter detection system in its schools
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. DATA DIVE A new study finds…
August 14, 2019
Across the board, Denver students making above-average progress on tests, study shows
“The pattern of performance here is consistent,” said researcher Macke Raymond.
August 12, 2019
In a postmortem, leaders of Denver’s Imaginarium say test scores, bureaucracy are stifling innovation
The Denver school district’s intense focus on test scores makes it nearly impossible to spread teaching practices that would improve education, a new report says.
Updated August 5, 2019
More than twice as many Denver students were handcuffed than district originally reported
Nearly half of the students were black.
August 2, 2019
Find out how much Denver school board candidates have raised and spent
Deep-pocketed education organizations have announced their endorsements, but Denver school board candidates did not see big cash infusions — yet.
August 1, 2019
Candidate field for at-large Denver school board race narrows to two
Anna DeWitt dropped out after not winning the endorsement of the Denver teachers union.
August 1, 2019
Rise & Shine: Denver proposes rebuilding the Montbello campus
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. CO-LOCATION Denver school officials are exploring…
July 31, 2019
Denver proposes rebuilding a campus that was the site of a controversial school closure
"This is not relaunching the comprehensive high school."
July 29, 2019
Rise & Shine: Colorado school districts grapple with insuring against hail
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. COVERED The 2017 hailstorm that hit…
July 25, 2019
What Denver is doing to recruit more special education paraprofessionals — and keep them
It includes raising the starting pay to more than $15 an hour.
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