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Denver Public Schools to pay $2.1M settlement after allegations the district lied to obtain AmeriCorps funds

The school district falsely reported that a significant portion of the district’s members had performed the necessary service hours to qualify for an AmeriCorps education award in 2015 and 2016, federal prosecutors said

Education

A first look at Denver Public Schools’ new strategic plan

Alex Marrero said in an interview that he intentionally framed the plan as a fluid roadmap, with goals to be accomplished by 2026, rather than a rigid plan with annual benchmarks

Education

Denver, Jefferson County school districts raise hourly wages for support staff struggling to afford food and housing

Denver school district is raising hourly wages to $20 an hour and Jeffco is moving toward $18 an hour.

Education

Bus assistants, language interpreters and other support staff — in short supply at Colorado schools — are seeking unions and better pay

While paraprofessionals and other support staff ask for raises from Denver Public Schools, bus assistants and language interpreters in other metro districts are determined to unionize.

Education

Electric school buses are in Colorado’s future. But districts need help paying for them.

Several districts have already started converting school bus fleets to electric. A new state grant program is making the $400K buses affordable.

Education

Police arrest 2 after Denver high school is placed on lockdown; paintball gun recovered

Northfield High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after police received a report of an armed student on campus. No one was injured.

Crime and Courts

“Everybody has a second job”: Low pay leaves rural Colorado teachers struggling

Colorado’s teacher salaries are among the lowest in the nation

Education

Opinion: Denver’s shrinking school enrollment is an opportunity to improve

But DPS needs a good plan, the right data, and a strong stomach

Opinion Columns

Learning to save lives at 16: Denver teens train to become EMTs amid Colorado shortage

Denver South High School and Denver Health have teamed up to expose high schoolers to careers in emergency medicine as the pandemic drains hospital resources

Education

Ricardo Martinez remembered as “a warrior” for justice in Denver schools

Last week, Denver lost the humble and fierce organizer.

Education

Declining birth rates, coupled with COVID disruptions, are driving down enrollment in Colorado public schools

The state counted about 1,200 fewer K-12 students this school year. Some analysts expect that, as birth rates continue to decrease, student enrollment in public schools won’t rebound.

Education

New union-backed Denver school board renews charter schools despite some reluctance

Most board members spoke neutrally about charter schools, just one voted against them while another called his "yes" vote a reluctant one

Education

“I can’t do this to myself anymore”: Pandemic stress has driven some Colorado teachers to leave the classroom

As anxiety, depression and thoughts of quitting rise among teachers, districts are taking small steps to help them cope.

Education

Down 12 teachers, an Alamosa school drafted everyone they could to teach — including the principal

A statewide substitute teacher shortage has worsened amid the pandemic, leaving schools desperate to fill classrooms when teachers are out. On days they can’t, closing is a possibility.

Education

Disruption turned into destruction: Colorado kids are acting out in classrooms while struggling to cope

Prolonged school closures, adults clashing over political debates and families suffering job loss or the death of a loved one have all contributed to students misbehaving in school

Education

More than $1.6 million was spent in this year’s Denver school board election

The election was a sweep by candidates backed by the Denver teachers union and critical of Denver Public Schools’ past reforms

Education

Colorado’s fentanyl crisis is surging, but only three school districts have ordered doses of the opioid antidote

Only Boulder Valley, Clear Creek and Cherry Creek school districts have received free naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, through a state bulk purchasing program.

Health

Denver reports nearly all school staff vaccinated, but 108 could lose jobs

Superintendent Alex Marrero said that 99.1% of the district’s more than 13,700 employees had complied with the city health order to get the COVID-19 shots or an exemption.

Education

School board candidates backed by teachers union leading in Denver, Aurora and Jeffco

Metro Denver school board candidates wrestle with charter schools, COVID protocols and staff retention.

Education

What’s at stake in the Denver school board election two years after a historic shift

The teachers union is spending big in next week’s election in the hopes of hanging on to a political majority

Education
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