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Judge dismisses lawsuits challenging private management in two Colorado school districts

By Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat Colorado A Denver judge on Friday dismissed two union lawsuits that challenged the state’s orders to Adams 14 and Pueblo school districts requiring them to hire an outside manager. David H. Goldberg, a Denver district court judge, ruled that the union failed to establish how the order had caused injury and […]

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Park County teachers plan to strike Monday after negotiations break down

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado Teachers in the Park County school district are poised to strike Monday after negotiations with the district failed to yield an agreement. If members of the South Park Education Association walk off the job, it will be the third teacher strike in Colorado in less than 18 months. This is the latest […]

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State Board raises standards, making it harder for Colorado schools to earn a top rating

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado Hundreds of Colorado schools are likely to lose their top rating under changes approved by the State Board of Education Thursday, and those that still qualify likely will serve fewer students in poverty. Advocates of this change say it’s a step toward aligning Colorado’s school rating system with the realities of student […]

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District, teacher groups urge State Board not to change Colorado school ratings

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado The state’s largest teachers union and organizations that represent school boards and district leaders are mounting a united front against proposed changes to how Colorado rates its schools — even as education advocates say the current system leaves parents in the dark. At issue is what’s known as the school […]

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Taking on a troubled Colorado high school, a private company tries internships, options and building trust

By Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat Colorado For the first time in three years, Maria Rodriguez’s daughter started the fall semester knowing what classes she would have at Adams City High School. In the past few years, parents and students complained that Adams City High would start the school year with confusion, uncertainty and long lines as […]

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How are Colorado’s kindergarteners doing? With hidden data, it’s hard to tell.

By Anne Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado In 2016, amid pervasive worries about data privacy and governmental intrusion, the State Board of Education put the brakes on a proposal for a detailed public report showing whether Colorado kindergarteners are ready for school. In a move counter to its own staff recommendation, the board opted for a slim […]

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Michael Bennet, fighting for traction in his presidential bid, releases education plan

By Sarah Darville and Kalyn Belsha, Chalkbeat Former Denver Public Schools chief Michael Bennet hasn’t qualified for the next Democratic presidential debate. But he’s still pursuing the nomination — and trying to win supporters with his education bona fides. Bennet, a U.S. senator from Colorado, released an education plan Thursday that he says draws from […]