Posted inEnvironment, Equity, News

As Colorado schools get hotter, air conditioning is still out of reach for some

Schools across Colorado began opening for the fall semester in the middle of August, with daytime temperatures reaching into the 90s in some places. Tens of thousands of Colorado public school students attend school in buildings with no air conditioning in their classrooms, and often—especially in buildings that are many decades old—no air conditioning in […]

Posted inPolitics and Government

Denver office of social equity blasted by city auditor for lack of strategy, progress after 2 years of work

Two years after it was launched, the Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation still doesn’t have a cohesive strategy for its initiatives or for assessing progress toward increasing equity, and eliminating racial and social injustice citywide, the city auditor says. The office also failed to disclose pertinent contract information before the audit process ended, […]

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An “invisible population” of Colorado parents in college faces barriers to obtaining degrees

Most weeknights, after her 3-year-old daughter, A’nyah, falls asleep, Molly Clark cracks open her textbooks and studies until her eyes “feel like sandpaper.”  “As soon as I feel like it’s not any use anymore, I’ll backtrack a few pages, put my bookmark in, and I’ll go to bed, which is usually around 12 to 2:30,” […]

Posted inCulture, Equity, News

How should history be told? Rising Colorado voices are pushing museums to rethink their approach

Long before the height of the civil rights movement, something rare was starting in the Colorado mountains. Nestled in Gilpin County, “a Black utopia” thrived for nearly four decades in the form of a mountain resort built by African Americans, for African Americans — the only of its kind west of the Mississippi. Operating between […]

Posted inEquity

18 Denver programs, many working to direct kids away from trouble with crime and substance misuse, share in $12M

Melissa Mouton founded 5280 High School in Denver after meeting a teenager who had gone six months without using heroin.   When she asked him how he stayed sober, the teenager said he had to drop out of school because it was like a “drug den.”  The encounter left Mouton, a physician, with a nagging feeling. […]

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Denver will pay $48,000 to settle claim that people with disabilities were overcharged to see Red Rocks shows

Denver will pay $47,950.90 to settle a discrimination claim that alleged wheelchair-accessible seats at Red Rocks Amphitheatre were more expensive than non-accessible seats in the iconic city-owned venue. Amy Fink, a concertgoer who after six years of cancer treatment uses a wheelchair, first brought the complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice after the cost […]

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Colorado FAFSA rate rebounds but falls short of national average

The number of Colorado high school students completing federal financial aid forms increased for the first time since the start of the pandemic. That’s the good news. The bad news is that even Colorado’s improving rate falls well below the national average. Overall, Colorado’s Federal Application for Financial Aid completion rate increased by 2.2 percentage […]

Posted inNews, Social Services

Former foster kids started a new Colorado nonprofit to help young people. TikTok is taking it nationwide.

One young woman who aged out of foster care was about to have her phone service cut off for not paying the bill.  A teenage boy living in a homeless shelter while waiting for a foster placement reached out because he was lonely and hungry.  And a mother who was fighting to get her children […]