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Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat

Senior Reporter — Chalkbeat Colorado

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Denver’s current, former mayors say “dysfunctional” school board mistreated departing Superintendent Susana Cordova

The mayors’ statement echoes a letter signed by 14 former school board members, all of them women, that blames a “hostile work environment” in which the superintendent was “interrupted, talked over, and routinely discounted by board members.”

Superintendent Susana Cordova is leaving Denver Public Schools

Susana Cordova returns to her administrative roots, becoming deputy superintendent of leading and learning for a large Texas school district.

Short on staff, Denver assigns campus safety officers to work as classroom aides

Most Denver students are learning online due to rising COVID-19 cases in the city. But Denver Public Schools has kept elementary schools open to serve students in preschool through second grade.

Denver to delay reopening middle, high schools for in-person learning until at least November

Denver elementary schools will reopen on schedule

To limit contact, some Denver students will take most classes online — even at school

Denver students have been attending virtual classes since Aug. 24. Middle schoolers and high schoolers are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Oct. 21.

With classes set to start online next week, Denver schools are short thousands of computers

School is scheduled to start again in Denver on Monday. Classes will be conducted virtually until at least mid-October, when the district will assess whether it’s safe to reopen campuses.

Denver survey shows Black and Hispanic families more likely to prefer virtual learning

Denver Public Schools plans to offer an online-only option for its students. The parents of 23% of students prefer 100% virtual instruction. But a greater percentage of minority parents want their kids to learn from home.

Here is Denver Public Schools’ draft plan for returning to school in person

While Denver has announced a full-time return, it’s not a sure thing

Denver schools to get ventilation upgrades to help stem spread of coronavirus

The Denver Public Schools board on Thursday unanimously approved $4.9 million in HVAC upgrade

“No one predicted a pandemic”: Denver to ask teachers to give up some raises secured by strike

Asking teachers, who make an average of $43 an hour or $65,000 annually, to forgo their guaranteed 1.9% cost-of-living pay increases would save $7 million

Denver school board votes to phase police out of schools

The vote represents a victory for community activists who have pressed the district for more than a decade to remove sworn officers from campus

Black students in Denver are much more likely to be ticketed or arrested at school

The Denver school board is set to vote Thursday on a resolution that would remove police from schools

As protests continue, Denver to start conversation about role of police in schools

School board members and Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova would gather Friday morning “to announce the future of Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Department.”

“It was so special”: Colorado high schools host creative graduations during the pandemic

Graduation comes at a tenuous time in the public battle to slow the spread of the coronavirus

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