Special Series: Last Resort

Last Resort” is a Colorado News Collaborative-led four-part investigation by Chalkbeat Colorado, The Colorado Sun, and KFF Health News into the collapsing system of schools that serve some of Colorado’s most vulnerable students.

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El programa preescolar universal de Colorado ya está aquí. Si el medio día de clases no es suficiente, estos programas podrían ayudar.
National researchers said Colorado’s new universal preschool program could have some of the weakest quality standards in the country.
Se desconoce la cantidad de padres-estudiantes en universidades y colegios comunitarios públicos en Colorado, los servicios que se ofrecen son limitados, y estos estudiantes se sienten aislados de sus compañeros. “Realmente somos un fantasma. No nos ven”.
One proposal would spell out rules and a timeline for closing schools due to declining enrollment. Another would cap elementary school enrollment at 600 students.
Líderes en Adams 14 celebraron la decisión de que el distrito no deberá reorganizarse.
Board President Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán said the limits are meant to respect the time of board members and Denver Public Schools staff.
De La Rosa will face incumbent Charmaine Lindsay and opponent Adam Slutzker to represent District 5 on the school board.
About 44 million Americans hold roughly $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. October marks the restart of payments.
Aurora voters will select three candidates for the seven-member school board in November’s election.
Dennis claims DPS fired him in retaliation for speaking to the media about safety concerns and then publicly disparaged him.
Colorado student parents say they’re short on time and often find campuses don’t support their needs, especially at four-year universities.
Voters said they want Denver school board members to prioritize keeping good teachers and improving school safety, with academics and student mental health not ranking as highly.
The district must still follow a second State Board order to have a partial manager help with school improvement efforts.
An attorney for fired principal Kurt Dennis disputes the findings and says he’s preparing to sue Denver Public Schools in federal court.

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No hay mucha información de un nuevo programa estatal, pero al menos una escuela aumentó la diversidad de estudiantes en sus clases avanzadas.
But, the number of schools and districts with good ratings remains lower than before the pandemic, mirroring state test data trends.
Some programs are for low-income families, and others serve families regardless of income.
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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on race-conscious admissions has focused attention on legacy admissions, which Colorado banned two years ago. The impact on campus diversity is unclear.
The Denver school board backed the superintendent’s decision to fire Kurt Dennis. The popular McAuliffe principal spoke out about safety concerns, then was accused of mistreating students.
The proposed closure of Coal Creek K-8, however, will come with a search for a charter provider that may reopen the school in the community.
Board VP Auon’tai Anderson and two other board members had requested the board vote to suspend its policy barring board members from working for DPS.
Teachers can apply for grants up to $1,000 for supplies that will help students recover from disrupted learning.
Lacy McDonald is a full-time volunteer at Lake Middle School, where his wife is principal. He’ll challenge incumbent Charmaine Lindsay for the school board seat.
“I feel good with where we’re at,” said the director of a Denver child care center participating in the state’s universal preschool program.
With temperatures soaring into the high 90s, some Denver schools without air conditioning are curtailing their days during the first week of school.
Board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said he’d like to take a job with DPS before his board term ends in November.
Declining enrollment is a persistent issue in Denver Public Schools — and more school closures could be coming.
School districts and education groups say the state has broken promises about funding, among other problems.
Learning loss since 2019 has been acute here and across the nation due to the pandemic.
¿Te preguntas cómo les fue a tu escuela y distrito en el examen de CMAS 2023? Usa nuestra gráfica para hacer una búsqueda, ver y comparar.
Colorado released scores from standardized tests given to public school students this spring.
But 2023 CMAS results also show worrying signs that many students are still struggling, and that recovery is uneven. Here’s everything you need to know.
Leah Williamson, a school social worker, said her students don’t “come from white picket fences, unicorns, and glitter, and do not want to be treated as [if] they do.”
“We don’t give more fourth grade hours to low-income families,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “I view half-day preschool the same way.”
Women are building the networks that will train the next generation of pilots, air traffic controllers, and more. MSU Denver is playing a critical role for an industry with a big gender gap and an aging workforce.
The money will support strategies that give students a head start on postsecondary education: ‘It’s all about accelerating the evolution of our high schools.’
El distrito, el primero en el estado que recibiera una orden de reorganización, empezó antes que la mayoría de los distritos escolares en Colorado. Algunos padres tienen curiosidad de saber qué cambios se aproximan.
McAuliffe’s interim principal is on leave as an investigation into the school’s seclusion room continues.
Things are ‘still lean,’ said an Aurora Public Schools recruiter, ‘but there’s definitely a change in the number of folks who are coming out.’