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Eric Gorski is bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado. Gorski has previously worked as a reporter for The Denver Post – covering everything from K-12 education and religion to marijuana legalization – and as a national writer for the Associated Press.
21st century schools
21 hours ago
Five takeaways from a panel with author David Osborne, champion of giving schools autonomy and holding them accountable
Osborne, an author and consultant who specializes in documenting public sector reforms, is an advocate of charter schools and giving schools greater autonomy.
1 day ago
Rise & Shine: Gates Foundation shifting focus of education philanthrophy
ALL OVER THE MAP There is no real consensus on expectations for children entering kindergarten, and a recent survey found parents and preschool teachers…
October 13, 2017
Rise & Shine: Six things to know about the large achievement gaps in Denver and Boulder Valley
BLUE AND GREEN More Denver schools this year earned the top two ratings on the district’s five-color scale than ever before, a spike officials…
October 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: Anti-bullying efforts in Sterling, Succeeds Prize debuts
HOW I TEACH A special education teacher at an elementary school in the Buena Vista School District is spotlighted in our popular How I…
September 29, 2017
Rise & Shine: Students at Commerce City charter sent home after protest
COST OF LIVING The Denver school board approved a resolution to explore solutions to the affordable housing crunch, but a proposal to convert one…
September 28, 2017
Denver-based University Prep charter school network wins federal grant, opening expansion possibilities
The grant leaves open the possibility that the charter operator could expand to communities beyond Denver.
September 25, 2017
Rise & Shine: Conflicting accounts emerge over Manual High football incident
RACE AND MANUAL The principal of Denver’s Manual High School wrote a letter to the community over the weekend saying the Weld Central High…
Getting to know ... Us
September 25, 2017
It’s a new school year. Here’s what Chalkbeat Colorado is curious about — and how you can help us find the answers.
Now that a new school year has begun, we’re asking you to join us in informing and supporting our journalism
September 22, 2017
Rise & Shine: Two efforts in the mountains to help teachers with housing
TEACHER DIVERSITY Denver Public Schools has sought to hire more teachers of color through targeted recruitment and other strategies, but challenges — and disparities —…
the race is on
September 19, 2017
Stand for Children chooses not to endorse in northeast Denver school board race
The race features incumbent Rachele Espiritu, recent high school graduate Tay Anderson and community organizer and former teacher Jennifer Bacon.
September 15, 2017
Rise & Shine: Englewood district offering hands-on STEM training to every student
MIX AND MATCH Nationally known for its embrace of school autonomy, Denver Public Schools now has more charter and innovation schools than traditional district-run…
September 8, 2017
From passionate to politics-free, here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision
The response shows how school districts view their responsibilities when a divisive national policy change carries implications for many Colorado students and families.
September 8, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado schools brace for hurricane refugees
TRY, TRY AGAIN Nearly 20 Colorado school districts are asking voters to approve tax measures this November, with a number of them trying again…
September 1, 2017
Rise & Shine: Districts across Colorado shifting from college prep to career prep
END OF A DREAM? Rolling back protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children would prove “catastrophic” for Denver Public Schools and…
August 31, 2017
Denver schools chief: Removing DACA protections for undocumented immigrants would be ‘catastrophic’
President Trump is expected to roll back protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
August 25, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado Springs D-11 will take tax measure to November ballot
WEIGHT FOR IT More Colorado charter schools are using weighted lotteries to make their student populations better reflect the community. Chalkbeat MIND THE…
August 18, 2017
Rise & Shine: Cindy Stevenson’s long road back to leading a school district
TESTING TESTING TESTING Three years after Colorado introduced new, more demanding standardized tests, student performance statewide is slowly ticking up. Chalkbeat, 9News,…
Movers & shakers
August 16, 2017
Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes joins education advocacy group Chiefs for Change
The group has two-dozen members, including Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg.
August 11, 2017
Rise & Shine: Denver students surprised by free laptops, thanks to bond passage
FEELING BLUE A new education-focused philanthropic collaborative, Blue School Partners, is aiming to launch this fall and act as Denver’s “education quarterback.”…
August 4, 2017
Denver teachers union, members of progressive wing diverge on key school board races
The Denver teachers union and a caucus within the union are split over who to support in two competitive school board races that could…
August 4, 2017
Rise & Shine: High-stakes school board race taking shape in Dougco
CHOICE AND CONSEQUENCES The Colorado Department of Education’s new director of school choice says all schools should be held accountable, regardless of their governance…
August 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: Common themes emerging at Colorado teacher shortage town halls
SHOWING IMPROVEMENT A dozen low-performing Colorado schools granted innovation status improved enough between 2014 and 2016 to avoid state-ordered improvements, a promising sign for…
July 28, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado not alone in offering new STEM diploma endorsements
ASSESSING ESSA Colorado’s federally required state education plan is getting mixed reviews from education reform groups. Chalkbeat CHARTER WARS The NAACP’s lengthy report…
July 13, 2017
Betsy DeVos is coming to Denver for a meeting of the conservative group ALEC — and protesters are ready
DeVos is speaking to the annual meeting of ALEC, which is influential in crafting conservative, free-market friendly legislation.
July 13, 2017
Rise & Shine: Telling the story of teen motherhood through a striking new mural
THE RACE IS ON All four Denver school board seats up for grabs in this fall’s election are now contested, with the race for…
State of the City
July 10, 2017
Could a modest summer bus pass program for youth help unlock Denver’s bigger student transportation problems?
The pilot project will put 1,500 cash-loaded transit passes in the hands of Denver young people between 14 and 19.
July 7, 2017
Rise & Shine: Harrison School District elementary wins national recognition
UNUSUAL SWAP Aurora Public Schools and Colorado State University are negotiating terms of a partnership that involves the school district building a new campus…
June 30, 2017
Rise & Shine: Race is on for open seat in Cherry Creek School District
CITING FINANCES Nationally-recognized Clayton Early Learning will close its center in far northeast Denver and limit enrollment at its flagship school to families who…
June 23, 2017
Rise & Shine: Marijuana taxes will bankroll one — one — school construction project in Pikes Peak region
BIG ASK A newly constituted group of educators, lawmakers and state officials led by Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne will be charged with creating a…
June 16, 2017
Rise & Shine: An oasis for family health, food access and care in northeast Denver
THE FIX IS IN At the insistence of the State Board of Education, an outside nonprofit group will have significant authority in efforts to…
June 9, 2017
Rise & Shine: Broncos hope to sack “summer slide” with new reading program
THE CHOICE After six hours of deliberation, a divided (and notably thin) panel of community representatives chose a district-run option over a charter school…
June 9, 2017
Aurora school board: Judge us by our actions, not one board member’s words
Board member Cathy Wildman's comments about immigrants have proved challenging for the board.
June 2, 2017
Rise & Shine: Goodbye valedictorians and salutatorians in Colorado Springs
HOW I TEACH The 2017 Colorado Civic Educator of the Year shares her thoughts on student-made podcasts, making class fun and the power of…
an 'equity agenda'
May 30, 2017
Inside one Denver charter school operator’s push to serve all students
STRIVE Preparatory Schools has made fundamental changes in how it serves students.
May 24, 2017
Rise & Shine: Student podcast explores legacy and future of Denver’s northside
FOLLOW THE MONEY Aurora Public Schools is cutting funding to six schools with special autonomy while it figures out a long-term fix. Chalkbeat…
May 19, 2017
Rise & Shine: Denver students getting jump on STEM education
TWO HATS A longtime promoter of school choice and charter schools, Denver Public Schools is having a tougher time managing the conflict of both…
May 18, 2017
Denver Public Schools’ glaring conflict: both authorizing and operating schools
Charter schools are questioning whether they are getting a fair shot in the heated competition to restart two schools being closed.
May 8, 2017
Meet the next president of the Colorado League of Charter Schools
Ben Lindquist previously worked for the Walton Family Foundation and Charter School Growth Fund in Colorado.
'si se puede'
May 8, 2017
Can a successful charter take over a failing peer and build an integrated school in Denver?
Rocky Mountain Prep would take over the preschool through elementary grades at Cesar Chavez Academy.
May 5, 2017
Rise & Shine: Poudre district prevails in final legal challenge to bond vote
ACCOUNTABILITY CLOCK The State Board of Education is asking questions about plans for bringing in outside help to improve academic results in Westminster Public…
May 1, 2017
Denver-based DSST named finalist for national charter school prize
Denver-based DSST Public Schools has been named one of three finalists for a prestigious national prize recognizing large charter school networks with records of…
April 28, 2017
Rise & Shine: Disparities in education, health persist for Colorado children of color
COUNTING KIDS As a new report spotlights increasing segregation in Denver schools over the past decade, the district is intensifying efforts to address the issue.
April 21, 2017
Rise & Shine: Counting attendance in school ratings could be smart — or completely misleading
A PATH FORWARD Westminster Public Schools and state officials are weighing a plan that would give the struggling district’s competency-based learning approach more time…
you say you want a resolution
April 20, 2017
Denver school board strikes back at Trump budget, Betsy DeVos’s school choice vision
Board members most likely have an eye on this fall's school board elections.
April 14, 2017
Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Betsy DeVos is an ideologue, not the face of education reform
Bennet also expressed fears about how the Trump administration might undermine the nation’s new education law, which he helped craft.
April 14, 2017
Rise & Shine: Lawmaker points to ‘teachers being bashed’ as one reason for shortage
APPROVED, BUT … The State Board of Education approved Colorado’s federally required education plan, but not before two members questioned whether it would make any…
The votes are in — again
April 10, 2017
Incumbent president holds on in Denver teachers union election recount
A progressive slate challenging the establishment still took a majority of seats in play.
April 10, 2017
Cary Kennedy jumps into Colorado governor’s race, citing need to pay teachers “as professionals”
Congressman Ed Perlmutter, former State Sen. Michael Johnston also are part of what could be a crowded Democratic field in 2018.
April 7, 2017
Rise & Shine: Partisan showdown over school funding in House budget debate
READ ACT A years-long controversy over what language Colorado schools should use to test the reading skills of young English language learners appears…
April 6, 2017
Did immigration agents get too close to a Denver school? City, district officials raise questions
Denver city, school and court officials wrote to ICE with concerns about recent immigration actions.
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