Education

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 6, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation — places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis.  Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined […]

CDC study finds racial, regional disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning

BY: - July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning. But a new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms — with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time […]

Adrienne Benavidez

Gov. Polis notes funding concerns with bill banning American Indian mascots

BY: - June 29, 2021

Starting June 1, 2022, Colorado public schools must stop using American Indian mascots or face steep fines, under a bill Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday. But Polis, a Democrat, wrote an accompanying letter to state lawmakers that cited concerns about the bill. “I am proud of Colorado for this landmark legislation, and am […]

Jeeva Senthilnathan

Douglas County schools alum defends equity policy that parents call ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 28, 2021

Facing parent pushback over a new educational equity policy, Douglas County School District leaders have insisted the policy doesn’t affect the district curriculum. That’s true: While the equity policy has been labeled by some parents as a covert attempt to teach aspects of critical race theory — the academic framework for examining how systems like […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states […]

Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

American Indian mascots could be banned from Colorado schools by October

BY: - June 4, 2021

State House lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would prohibit K-12 schools and colleges from using American Indian mascots — and fine them for violations. The bill is close to becoming law. Sen. Jessie Danielson, a Wheat Ridge Democrat, sponsored Senate Bill 21-116 with Democratic Reps. Adrienne Benavidez of Denver and Barbara McLachlan of […]

COMMENTARY

Democrats should call on Tay Anderson to resign

BY: - June 2, 2021

For once, I (mostly) agree with Jimmy Sengenberger. With multiple ongoing sexual assault investigations, and extensive impact to Denver Public Schools, it’s time for Colorado Democrats to call out their 2020 Rising Star Award winner: School Board Secretary and Member-at-Large Tay Anderson should resign immediately. Republicans — hold the champagne. Those of you gleefully awaiting […]

CU President Mark Kennedy announces plans to step down

BY: - May 10, 2021

University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy will step down from his post in the “near future,” he announced Monday. “The Board of Regents and I have entered into discussions about an orderly transition of the presidency of the university in the near future,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The board has a new makeup this […]

Janet Buckner

First step toward universal preschool: creation of Department of Early Childhood Education, Gov. Polis, Democrats say

BY: - May 6, 2021

Even if every Colorado family could afford to send their young child to a preschool or day care, there’s only enough capacity in the state to serve 58% of kids under 6. That statistic comes from KIDS COUNT in Colorado, an annual report published by the advocacy organization Colorado Children’s Campaign. It describes the state’s […]

COMMENTARY

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism

BY: - May 6, 2021

“Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism” first appeared at The Conversation. The big idea Making a healthy breakfast available to students not only can help alleviate hunger and improve concentration at school; it also appears to encourage regular attendance, according to new research I co-authored. In a study published in February 2021, my […]

Dominick Moreno

Boost in state budget for education, body cameras comes in Colorado Senate amendments

BY: - April 13, 2021

As part of their proposed budget for next year, Colorado lawmakers on the Joint Budget Committee asked their colleagues to pump a historic amount of cash into the state’s reserve fund, giving it a buffer for the next emergency. “The budget committee and the General Assembly have been through one of the craziest swings in […]

Colorado’s 2022 budget boosts K-12 spending, restores higher ed cuts

BY: and - April 7, 2021

“Colorado’s 2022 budget boosts K-12 spending, restores higher ed cuts” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. Colorado’s $34.1 billion proposed state budget restores deep cuts made last year to K-12 and higher education, provides more money to help students who have traditionally […]