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Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat

Senior Reporter — Chalkbeat Colorado

He’s 11. By his mom’s count, he’s had more than 30 interactions with armed officers at Colorado schools.

In a year in which high-profile incidents of police brutality sparked protests across the nation, schools have been grappling with how police should interact with students.

Education

Denver charter network banks on intensive summer tutoring to help students catch up post COVID

“If you’re in fifth grade and you haven’t been back in school since March of third [grade], we have a narrow window of time to make sure you’re equipped for middle school"

Education

Tay Anderson, teachers union reveal more about allegations from Denver school board race

Anderson is currently the subject of a third-party investigation initiated by his fellow Denver school board members into allegations of sexual misconduct

Education

A Colorado principal put an 8-year-old boy in a hold until he passed out. State law has “no teeth” to force changes.

A Chalkbeat investigation last year found wide variations in how Colorado’s 10 largest school districts were reporting their use of restraint and seclusion

Education

More than 30 people applied to be Denver Public Schools’ new superintendent

The seven-member school board is ultimately responsible for hiring the superintendent. Board members have said they’re aiming to choose a new district leader by June

Education

Denver Public Schools board initiates outside investigation into Tay Anderson sexual assault allegations

On Tuesday, the seven-member Denver school board said it “looks forward to an independent view of the facts"

Education

Tay Anderson violated Denver Public Schools’ policy against retaliation in 2018, document shows

The 2018 retaliation finding is separate from allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Tay Anderson

Education

Tay Anderson says he welcomes “full investigation” as more sexual misconduct allegations surface

The allegations have caused an uproar on social media and divided people in the progressive, activist, and teachers union circles from which Tay Anderson draws support

Education

Black Lives Matter group says Tay Anderson sexually assaulted a woman. He denies it.

News

How one Denver high school kid helped hundreds of older people get the COVID-19 vaccine

An event at St. Cajetan church targeted Latino elders with the goal of vaccinating 1,000 people. It took the help of 30 college and high school students who volunteered to call people and sign them up.

Coronavirus

Denver to prioritize teachers at high-poverty schools for coronavirus vaccine

Mike Cammilleri, a dean at Cheltenham Elementary School, where 94% of students qualify for subsidized school meals, is slated to get his first vaccine dose on Monday

Coronavirus

Denver parents worry their children are learning less online, surveys indicate

65% of parents said their children are learning less online compared with being in person

Education

Vaccinated Colorado teachers won’t have to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19, governor says

Gov. Jared Polis said he expects the change to give school leaders more “operational flexibility"

Education

Some school staff are eligible for coronavirus vaccine in Colorado right now, but not teachers

Only about 1,600 employees of Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The district employs 15,000 people.

Coronavirus

“You literally just did history”: Colorado’s teacher of the year wants students to understand the power of bearing witness

Gerald Muñoz’s AP World History class doesn’t call for discussing coups until Unit 9. They skipped ahead after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in an effort to stop the certification of the presidential election.

Education

A new Denver high school modeled after historically Black colleges opens next fall

Test scores and graduation rates show Denver Public Schools has not served students of color as well as it has the 25% of students who are white. Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy aims to repair that.

Education

Why reopening middle and high schools now seems more doable in Denver

Health advisers say COVID-prevention basics "work very well,“ as DPS board gets data showing students are showing up to their virtual classes but fewer are completing their assignments.

Education

Changing priorities shaped Susana Cordova’s relationship with the Denver school board

The relationship between Cordova and the board is more nuanced than the open hostility implied by her supporters.

Education

New Colorado coronavirus guidelines could mean fewer school quarantines, more in-person learning

"Targeted" quarantine would result in fewer cohorts or classes being disrupted after potential exposure to coronavirus

Education

Colorado governor establishes “back-to-school task force” to help districts offer in-person learning

Colorado does not have a statewide strategy for opening or closing school buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic

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