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Colorado’s charter school law ranks nations’s second best

Colorado's charter school law is the second strongest in the nation, according to a national advocacy group's rankings released this week.

Why so many public school buildings remain closed

"Whatever is in their hearts, public school leaders have institutional, professional reasons to slow-roll reopening."

To test or not to test?

Should Colorado test its public school students this year to get some data on how the pandemic has affected different groups of kids? Or is the idea absurd on its face during a pandemic?

Colorado public charters net $2 million-plus in RISE grants

Colorado charter schools will receive more than $2 million in state grants to support innovative solutions to help state students affected by the economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Profile of Ednium, new DPS alumni advocacy group

An organization of young Denver Public School alums promises to be a force for change and inclusion in the district.

Boardhawk adds reporter, advisory board

Entering 2021, Boardhawk is doubling down on its commitment to community-focused commentary and reporting on public education n Colorado, with a particular focus on Denver Public Schools. We've hired a community reporter and have assembled a powerhouse advisory board.

Colorado, DPS see enrollment decline

For the first time in more than 30 years, Colorado public school enrollment dropped this year -- by 3.3%

Denver charter leaders ask to play a role in superintendent search process

Denver charter schools educate 21,000 students, more than 20 percent of the district's total enrollment.

New program delivers nutritious meals to Denver kids

In an effort to alleviate the disruption and rising tide of food insecurity brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Colorado Food Cluster (CFC), a group of community organizations, is joining forces to deliver “Enrich-Kits” which include 7 days worth of free, nutritious meals every week to thousands of students.

Vernon Jones: Listen to the kids on remote learning

A quick video message from Vernon Jones on what kids are saying about remote learning.

Dueling perspectives on Cordova, board via Brother Jeff

Two interviews, two perspectives on the Denver school board and Susana Cordova's departure.

Former school board member Rosemary Rodriguez lauds Susana Cordova

"Susana has demonstrated the qualities that have earned her distinction throughout her career: extraordinary intelligence, educational expertise, personal integrity, diplomacy and listening skills, and a passion for collaboration encompassing educators, students, families and community," Rodriguez wrote.

DPS board unanimously passes “Know Justice, Know Peace” curriculum redesign

Read a thorough Colorado Sun story on the Denver school board's unanimous vote last night to adopt a curriculum redesign that "weaves the narratives and knowledge of Black, indigenous, Latino and other communities of color into every part of the district’s curriculum."

Parents muzzled at State Board of Education

Read the testimony from parents about pandemic-related education woes that staff wouldn't let the State Board of Education hear this week.

The students left behind by remote learning

A long, balanced article from Pro Publica and The New Yorker illustrates how the pandemic is hurting Black and Hispanic students far more than whites.

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