Denver Public Schools

The district is exempt from the law because its health plans are self-funded. However, some large employers have provided coverage for fertility treatment.
The 5280 Freedom School plans to open next fall with kindergarten and first grade, and add grades each year up to fifth grade.
One student called Denver Public Schools’ actions “an example of performative support of student activism.”
Colorado’s youth mental health crisis is complex. One student hopes to make a difference for her classmates.
Four Black students allege that Denver Public Schools unlawfully tried to trademark the name of their Know Justice, Know Peace podcast.
The boys attend “affective needs centers,” which are separate classrooms designed to serve students with emotional disabilities.
Schools without air conditioning in Denver and around Colorado cancel classes as temperatures rise to high 90s.
Chalkbeat spoke with several families. All said they felt push back. Some felt pushed out. The district disputes that the school isn’t accommodating.
Montbello Career and Technical High School would close and the growing Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy would take over the building.
The previous Denver contract was approved after the 2019 teachers strike. District leaders touted the protected planning time and lunches promised in a tentative agreement.
The Denver school district and teachers union are renegotiating the teacher contract for the first time since a 2019 strike. Here’s where they disagree.
Despite facing familiar challenges — declining enrollment, academic gaps — Denver’s Castro Elementary posted high growth scores on state tests.
With temperatures climbing into the high 80s during the first week of school, 48 Denver campuses still don’t have air conditioning.
While Denver’s white students score near the top in Colorado, its Black and Hispanic students score near the median, resulting in yawning gaps.
Superintendent Alex Marrero lays out a vision that emphasizes belonging and community alongside academic achievement. Denver’s last strategic plan expired in 2020.
After being turned down by the Denver school board, the 5280 Freedom School appealed to the State Board of Education and won.
This was the first year Colorado gave the full suite of CMAS tests since 2019. See how your school and district did here.
Many Colorado school districts say the fall hiring frenzy is similar to previous years. They’ve raised pay, but competition with the private sector and other districts is stiff.
The merger of Rocky Mountain Prep and STRIVE Prep will create one system serving more than 5,000 students from preschool through 12th grade.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges Denver Public Schools recruited employees to serve as AmeriCorps volunteers and get benefits for doing their regular jobs.
“The power struggle will overshadow the board doing anything,” one observer said.
Denver classroom aides will start earning $20 an hour this school year, with custodians and food service workers to follow. The district is competing with rising private sector wages.
The $1.5 million investment is part of a broader pandemic-fueled effort to improve the air that Denver Public Schools students breathe.
High housing costs and falling birth rates are driving down school enrollment in Denver’s historically Latino neighborhoods, making it harder to fill some bilingual classrooms.
Los altos costos de vivienda y la reducción en tasas de natalidad están reduciendo la matrícula escolar en las comunidades históricamente latinas de Denver, y esto hace más difícil llenar algunos salones bilingües.
A controversial March decision had unintended consequences that limited some innovation school flexibility, board members argued.
Summer Connections is like a super-sized version of Denver Public Schools’ usual summer programming, paid for with federal COVID relief funds.
It took nine rounds of voting and several tense exchanges to fill the District 5 vacancy.
The charter schools proposed to replicate the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, provide an education that centers Black students, and offer an arts option for elementary students.
Citing unintended consequences, a majority of Denver school board members support moving forward a proposal to overturn parts of a new policy limiting school autonomy.
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