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The Churn: Demographic trends

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America’s child population is shrinking and now is only 24 percent of the overall population, according to a new analysis of census data. The drop, accompanied by growth in older segments of the population, could have significant implications for education and public support of schools, not to mention the availability of workers in the future. Report from the Population Reference Bureau

Communications magnate John Malone has committed $7 million to the Denver School of Science and Technology system to expand its network of schools. The gift from Malone, chair of Liberty Global and Liberty Media, includes a $4 million gift and $3 million to match other funds DSST raises through 2013. DSST currently has three schools and has been approved to open five more on three campuses in the next five years. News release

Employees of the Jefferson County Schools are generally positive about their district and work, a recent employee survey has concluded. According to a news release, “employees rated their sense of personal responsibility, accountability and feeling respected very high. Staff said the strength of Jeffco Schools is found in the district’s supervision, effectiveness, diversity and values.” News release

Latino adolescents are key to helping family members assimilate into American culture, a new study from the University of Colorado has found. So, said Associate Professor Mike McDevitt, “Schools, news media and campaign strategists should view adolescents as the most effective way to mobilize Latino families for active citizenship. They should not try to reach parents directly, but instead reach out to teens.” News release & link to study

The Denver Federation for Paraprofessionals and Nutrition Service Employees will share in an $800,000 grant from the American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund. AFT units in five other states also will receive funds from the grant for various projects. The Denver grant is in support of an effort by cafeteria workers, working with school district partners, to design performance pay incentive programs intended to help combat childhood obesity. More information

The Donnell-Kay Foundation has announced its Hot Lunch speaker lineup for the first part of 2011-12. American Enterprise Institute scholar and blogger Rick Hess will speak on Sept. 9, followed by Sajan George, founder of Matchbook Learning, on Oct. 14. Celine Coggins, founder of Teach Plus, is the featured speaker on Nov. 18. Jeff Pionteck, head of school at Hawaii Technology Academy, will speak in January, and speakers for the rest of the series will be announced later. More information about Donnell-Kay

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