Posted inEquity, News

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 inEconomy, Equity, Housing, News

Racial segregation is getting worse in big U.S. cities — except for Colorado Springs

Since 1990, the United States has become more racially diverse—yet during that same period, racial residential segregation has climbed, according to a yearslong analysis by researchers at the University of California’s Othering & Belonging Institute in Berkeley. In Colorado, two cities fall on opposite ends of the spectrum: Denver is “highly segregated” while Colorado Springs […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: The American dream will fade without public investment in health, education

Even before the pandemic, economic prospects for many Colorado families were dwindling into stagnation. COVID-19 has only further widened the gulf between working families and Colorado’s wealthiest. As our state looks to recover (and recover better than before), new evidence published by the Bell Policy Center supports what we have seen throughout American history — […]

Posted inBusiness, Economy, Growth, Housing, News, Politics and Government

Colorado’s stagnant budget isn’t helping the shrinking middle class, report finds

Colorado’s middle class is shrinking, and the lifestyle long associated with it — home ownership, a car, college savings and occasional vacations — is getting harder to achieve.  That’s been the economic trend in the state, and across the country, for decades. But new research suggests Colorado’s public investments — or lack of them — […]

Posted inColoradans, Opinion, Politics and Government

Essay: What happened when Black Lives Matter arrived in Colorado’s deeply conservative Eastern Plains

Courtney Jones calls herself a country girl. She was raised in Sterling and she prefers open spaces to cities. She loves classic rock, grew up saving money for the Logan County fair every year, and she voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because he seemed like the honest candidate.  She’s the daughter of a Black […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Trump is wrong. Fair housing is social justice, economic justice and welcome in the suburbs

President Trump is attempting to undermine the very fabric of our communities, including the diversity of our nation’s suburbs, by using unfounded, hurtful scare tactics.  In comments he made in late July, first on Twitter and then at a Texas rally, he said, “It’s been hell for suburbia” and that “people living their Suburban Lifestyle […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, Technology

In rural Crowley County, a safe return to in-person school is really the only option

What is distancing learning like without a laptop? Without internet? Without parents at home? Without a home at all? This spring, remote education brought on by the coronavirus pandemic raised difficult questions about equity and introduced unprecedented challenges for school districts across Colorado. These challenges hit Crowley County — a small, rural community in the […]