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Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat

Reporter — Chalkbeat Colorado

Union-backed candidates in Jeffco are outspending school board competitors

Jeffco Public Schools is the second largest school district in Colorado, serving about 80,000 students. Three of its five school board seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 2 election.

Education

Aurora and Denver school boards discuss pay for board members

In Colorado, school board members serve as volunteers, and have not been allowed to be compensated for their time. But a law passed in April changed that.

Politics and Government

With accreditation at stake, Adams 14 school district and its external manager remain at odds

The state asked for written proof in the form of a joint report that Adams 14 and MGT, its private managers, would resume cooperation

Education

Beloved former high school in Commerce City will be demolished after enduring fire, squatters and a meth lab

The former high school has been empty since 2009 when the district moved high school students to a new building off of Quebec Parkway

Education

Adams 14 school board moves to sever ties with management company

The move comes just after the district hired a new superintendent Karla Loria and follows a critical evaluation of the company by a third party

Education

Adams 14, facing another year of declining enrollment, looks to attract students with billboards

The school board north of Denver unanimously approved the $43,500 advertising project

Education

Masks will be required in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas county schools for those under 12

Should any of those individual counties opt out of the requirement, it would be up to school districts to decide whether to follow the order

Education

Jefferson County health officials order masks for all in schools regardless of vaccination status

The Jefferson County Public Health Department issued an order Monday that requires masks for anyone age 2 or older when in childcare and K-12 schools

Coronavirus

As employers and universities adopt vaccine mandates, Colorado school districts mostly quiet

One local district, the Aurora Public Schools, announced as far back as May that it planned to require the vaccine for employees as soon as it received full federal approval

Coronavirus

Bucking Denver-area trends, Mapleton schools grow by attracting out-of-district students

Among 15 metro area districts, the only other district with an upward enrollment trend over the last five years is the Brighton-based School District 27J where development is booming

Education

Jeffco Public Schools shelved a $170,000 report on school closures. Four years later, the district faces the same challenges.

The report wasn’t presented to the school board or the community, and no policies changed

Education

Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado’s second-largest district, will require masks for children under 12

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks for everyone in a school setting

Coronavirus

Colorado agrees to fully fund emerging online learning programs, but the state wants proof they are succeeding

Members of the State Board acknowledge they’re taking a risk with students’ education and that it will take time to know what is and isn’t working, but they believe it’s worth it

Education

Should Colorado students wear masks in school next academic year? Most districts are still weighing their options.

School officials in many communities face competing pressures between public health guidance, parents who want a more “normal” school year for their children, and other parents who want to see COVID precautions remain in place

Coronavirus

Colorado decline in participation of annual English fluency test prompts need for more analysis

The tests are usually used to help place students in appropriate English development classes, or to determine when they’ve learned enough English to stop requiring additional support

“Not waiting until summer”: Adams 14 leaders try to get ninth graders back on track after more than half fail two or more classes

Administrators blame a long period of online instruction because of coronavirus. Adams 12, Aurora also logged big increases in kids failing classes in pandemic conditions.

Education

Colorado’s school custodians clean through staff shortages and uncertainty to keep buildings safe

Tony Arnold, Jeffco’s director of custodial services, said he wouldn’t describe the past year as changing the job, but just some of the focus

Education

Some Colorado school districts are exploring new ways to reduce risk of COVID through air

Schools are adding filters to catch smaller particles of the coronavirus, and retrofitting heating and air conditioning systems. And some are trying newer methods to treat indoor air — although experts caution against unproven technologies.

Education

Aurora Public Schools board approves closing two elementary schools as enrollment changes

Education

Colorado school districts start announcing plans to return to in-person in January

Adams 14, Aurora and Cherry Creek are building in some remote learning days to the spring semester as they respond to the state's push to get kids back in the classroom

Education
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