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After a lockdown brings fears home, Denver students rally for gun control

When Jude Keener-Ruscha realized the lockdown Thursday at Denver’s Northfield High School wasn’t a drill, they looked at the two good friends sitting next to them. “I thought, ‘Well, if I die... Read more »

Denver hourly workers, district disagree on what’s a ‘livable wage’

Asking for a “fair, livable wage,” a collective of unions representing Denver school custodians, food service workers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff have floated a proposal: an $18 an hour increase to... Read more »

Denver superintendent’s goals include dismantling ‘oppressive systems’

In anticipation of the Denver superintendent’s first evaluation in October, the school board has approved the criteria for evaluating his first year on the job. The metrics are related to the retention... Read more »

4 North High students on why Denver needs more teachers of color

North High School senior Martin Castañon grew up in a neighborhood where most people looked like him. But now, he said, white newcomers treat him with irritation, when they were the ones... Read more »

As pandemic wanes, Denver looks to make up missed special education services

Kiran Obee’s twin boys were in second grade in March 2020 when the pandemic hit. With school buildings closed, her boys’ special education services were provided over an app. They only saw... Read more »

Meet the 5 applicants to fill a seat on the Denver school board

The five applicants to fill a vacancy on the Denver school board answered questions about school budgeting, school choice, and what they’d bring to the board Monday at a forum for residents of northwest... Read more »

Denver schools superintendent cuts dozens of jobs from central office

Denver’s superintendent is cutting dozens of positions from the central office in a reduction that will save Denver Public Schools $9 million, according to an email obtained by Chalkbeat. Superintendent Alex Marrero... Read more »

How Denver is spending $9 million freed up by central office cuts

The millions of dollars that Denver Public Schools will save by cutting central office employees will be spent on four initiatives, including creating “community hubs” to provide services for families such as GED classes,... Read more »

Denver school board vacancy draws 5 applicants

Five people have applied to fill a vacancy on the Denver school board. They include two former Denver Public Schools teachers, the founding principal of a Denver charter school, a college administrator,... Read more »

Gov. Polis opposes proposed charter school federal grant changes

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has publicly and loudly opposed proposed changes to federal rules that could make it harder for charter schools to get start-up grants. Polis, a Democrat who founded a charter... Read more »