Vulnerable populations

Una querella federal dice que la ley de opción de escuelas (school choice) de Colorado da demasiada oportunidad para rechazar a estudiantes discapacitados.
A complaint filed with the federal Office for Civil Rights says Colorado’s school choice law gives school very broad leeway to turn away students with disabilities.
A Colorado school discipline reform bill limits handcuffing, requires parents be told when students are restrained, and makes more data publicly available.
A Colorado bill seeks to improve school discipline practices and promote a better learning environment. Opponents say it will drown them in paperwork.
The goal is more supportive schools. Advocates are starting with more data collection, better policies for school resource officers, and a near-ban on handcuffing students.
HopSkipDrive specializes in rides for children and contracts with school districts. Disability advocates want state safety rules for school transportation to apply.
A Colorado bill would give charter schools more opportunity to teach students with disabilities. But are charters ready for the responsibility?
Earning a four-year degree while incarcerated may become possible in Colorado as a prison education program and Pell Grant financial aid expand.
Educators cite a host of challenges, including staffing shortages, increased paperwork, and a hesitation to designate kids as having learning disabilities.
Las escuelas chárter de Colorado ya no podrán preguntar en sus solicitudes si los alumnos necesitan servicios de educación especial.
The elementary school struggled with staffing and academic challenges that its leaders say were exacerbated by the pandemic.
The federal government offers three grant programs to Hispanic-Serving Institutions, including one meant to attract and retain students going into science, math and technology careers.
Complaints filed with the federal Office for Civil Rights seek change at Colorado charter schools that ask about special education needs in their applications.
The state education department has no authority to require school districts to take corrective action, and it has no way to punish districts that ignore its recommendations.
To cut the school-to-prison pipeline, Colorado lawmakers seek to revamp student discipline, reduce racial disparities, and ban handcuffing of young children.
The Boulder schools superintendent last week committed to supporting a Latino parent advisory group.
Adams 14 was required by the Office for Civil Rights to come up with a plan to identify and teach English language learner students.
More than a month into the school year, thousands of Colorado students still have not shown up to classrooms, physical or virtual. Educators and state officials are alarmed.
Middle school teacher David Quiroz said the hardest part of remote teaching last spring was not seeing his students regularly. “I think I need them as much as they need me,” he said.
Younger students are attending virtual classes this fall more frequently than are older students.
While children are less likely to suffer the most serious health consequences from the coronavirus, they are hit harder by nearly every secondary effect of the pandemic and the efforts to contain it, the advocates wrote. Those include poverty, hunger, homelessness, and lost learning.
Gov. Jared Polis hopes RISE will foster new models of learning, ideas to better the educational experience of college students, and ways to strengthen the connections between high school, college and careers.
The cost of high-speed internet is just one barrier. Other problems include geography and infrastructure, and not just for rural Coloradans.
Denver Public Schools board members said parents who withdraw their children in favor of learning pods could cost the district money and exacerbate inequality.
Los distritos escolares de Colorado han implementado planes para seguir alimentando a los miles de niños que dependen de las comidas escolares.
34% of African American students and 31% of Hispanic students would prefer virtual learning, while only 10% of white students would, survey results show.
Leaders are calling for legislative action to close the gap, saying that districts providing mobile hotspots can’t get the job done alone.
Some community members want the district to do more, faster. District officials say meaningful change in an institution as large as Denver Public Schools takes time, but they are committed to seeing it through.
The Denver school board is set to vote Thursday on a resolution that would remove police from schools.
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