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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Es la primera vez en seis años que el distrito de Westminster tendrá elecciones competitivas.
Before the rule change, some preschool providers said they had to turn away families who hadn’t filled out the state’s online application.
Ballenger’s exit leaves three candidates vying for an at-large seat representing the entire city.
Anderson says he is entitled to reimbursement for legal expenses related to a 2021 investigation. The district won’t release the terms of the agreement.
Voters approved a similar ballot measure allowing the state to keep excess marijuana tax in 2015.
Jeffco, Colorado’s second largest school districts, faces declining enrollment, budget challenges, and persistent academic gaps.
Students as a whole met goals in math but not in reading. But the district mostly missed goals in both subjects for Black and Latinx students.
Not all students met all benchmarks, though one tutoring company was more successful than the other.
The Nov. 7 election is set to occur as gun violence around schools has heightened safety concerns in Denver Public Schools.
Colorado students rarely have to pay the sticker price of tuition. There are numerous ways to get free college or offset tuition.
Slutzker said he believes it’s important for district decision-makers to listen to teachers. “They’re the experts,” he said.
The Cherry Creek School District built the new facility in Aurora with $19 million in voter-approved bond funding.
After canceling school board elections the last two cycles, the district has its first contested race in six years.
El programa preescolar universal de Colorado ya está aquí. Si el medio día de clases no es suficiente, estos programas podrían ayudar.
A majority of the students at Hallett are Black, and families say the environment that Principal Dominique Jefferson has created is affirming and joyful.

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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.
We are lucky to work in an environment where there is such a clear beginning, middle, and end of every year of work.
Hansen, who was running for an at-large seat, did not secure a key endorsement last week.
Los estudiantes latinos están subrepresentados en clases avanzadas en las escuelas de Boulder, pero los representantes del distrito tienen esperanza en un nuevo esfuerzo aumentando el acceso a las clases de inscripción simultánea.
One school and four districts received grant funding in May to spend this 2023-24 school year.
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.