At the end of every session on the farm Mr. Barak asks each student describe what they learned that day. Esther Sweezy said that she learned, “How to be careful with the goats. I learned the goats are getting more comfortable with us." Teacher Barak Ben-Amots hopes that these skills with animals will strengthen the student's interpersonal skills in the long run. (Nina Riggio, Special to The Colorado Sun)

To help students improve inside the classroom, Manitou Springs Middle School is taking them outside

The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity Program -- or GALLOP -- uses work with animals and gardening to help students build skills

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Colorado releases school ratings amid ongoing debate about how to measure performance

There is an ongoing debate about the purpose and meaning of school ratings in Colorado

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Top Bureau of Land Management employees face deadline on Grand Junction HQ move

The Bureau of Land Management’s planned headquarters relocation to Grand Junction will net the city 27 jobs