A lot has changed at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, a local charter school whose stellar test scores belied the tense environment that characterized the school when we wrote about it in November 2011. In March 2012, the founder of the school -- and the man who teachers and parents said was the so ... More >>
The Colorado Democratic Party is lambasting the Republican candidates for Senate for opposing access to contraception. The Democrats have declared that Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, state Representative Amy Stephens and state Senator Owen Hill "have lined up to support intrusive polices th ... More >>
The four candidates supportive of Denver Public Schools' brand of education reform swept the school board election yesterday. Barbara O'Brien, Rosemary Rodriguez, Mike Johnson and Landri Taylor will fill the four open slots on a seven-member board that has been characterized by clashes between its r ... More >>
If there's area of life in which teenagers excel, it's mobile technology. But they may not be as adept at navigating the thorny world of sex, which includes talking with parents, using contraceptives and making responsible decisions regarding sexual health. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains ... More >>
Parents (and kids) opposed to standardized testing took their fight to the streets this past weekend during the annual Zombie Crawl. With bloody pencils protruding from their skulls, kids held signs with messages such as, "Testing Kills Brains." "Standardized testing is actually harmful for our chi ... More >>
As we've reported, a lawsuit known as Lobato v. Colorado (it's named for Center High grad Taylor Lobato) shook up the educational establishment when, in December 2011, a Denver District judge agreed with plaintiffs that school funding in the state is inadequate. The majority of the Colorado Supreme ... More >>
Hip-hop and it still don't stop. This afternoon at 1 p.m., the inaugural Hip-Hop Legacy Literacy Conference kicks off with a screening of Ice-T's Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap documentary in the St. Cajetan's building on Auraria, and tomorrow, the Sankofa Lecture Series welcomes its fall ke ... More >>
In 2002, we reported that former P.S.1 charter school principal Stephen Myers resigned his principal job in Massachusetts after he was accused of making inappropriate comments to a male student -- an allegation that didn't surprise his old P.S.1 colleagues. Now, Boston Magazine has written an in-dep ... More >>
When District Judge Sheila Rappaport handed down her (now appealed) decision in Lobato vs. Colorado, the word she used to describe Colorado's education-finance system was "unconscionable." That harsh description is backed by stats provided by Great Education Colorado, a nonprofit that describes itse ... More >>
North High School has had many struggles. Among them: poor test scores, low enrollment, myriad redesigns and lax oversight of the school's credit recovery program. But a community group called Choose North Now thinks the historic high school is beginning to turn around -- and that co-locating a char ... More >>
The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy charter school can continue operating. Today, the Charter School Institute voted to extend the embattled school's contract for five more years -- with several stipulations. Among them: Find a new leader. The school's founder and most recent principal, Marcos Martinez ... More >>
The turmoil continues at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy charter school in Westminster, the subject of our recent cover story, "A Hard Line." Facing two lawsuits and many more complaints, the school has now (at least temporarily) lost its leader, about whom many of the complaints were made. ... More >>
Is Marcos Martinez, principal at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy and the subject of our recent feature "A Hard Line," on his way out as head of the Westminster charter school? Westword just received word that Martinez, chess instructor Dominic Martinez and director of curriculum and instruction Ga ... More >>
A group of parents associated with the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy is airing its concerns about the charter school, which was the subject of our recent feature story, "A Hard Line." They're circulating a petition to remove the school's leader, Marcos Martinez, and have sent a list of concer ... More >>
Applications were due yesterday for schools wishing to continue under the banner of the Charter School Institute, a quasi-state agency created in 2004 to approve charter schools rejected by districts with an ax to grind. The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy -- the subject of our cover story, "A ... More >>
Jefferson County Child Support Services has developed a new video intended to show that the department offers support for teen parents and children. However, most of the 21-minute long production called Think Beyond Friday Night is spent detailing all the horrors and tribulations of teen p ... More >>
Donahue.Andy Kopsa's post about WAIT Training videos related to abstinence education programs offered by Shelly Donahue, subject of the recent feature article "Forbidden Fruit," drew an astonished reaction from many readers. Here's a prime example.
Summer is over, and school is back in session. While the bell rang a few days ago for some kids and won't ring until tomorrow for others, today is the big day for Denver Public Schools -- the day when the mayor shakes the hands of grubby first graders, the day when the TV stations do live fee ... More >>
While Katherine Rutter, Aron Dubois and Zach Reini all create very different art, Illiterate Gallery director Adam Gildar says that "they connect in their exploration of inhumanity and humanity, and they all have very different takes on that." Tomorrow night's closing reception at Illiterate ... More >>
Even though Denver public schools are out for the summer and most graduation ceremonies are over, the debate over DPS's increasing graduation rates continues. For more, read our feature, "Passing on Education." Today, Education News Colorado contributor Alexander Ooms weighs in with an opini ... More >>
If you've ever wanted to be a comic artist, you should probably reconsider because there's no money in it. But if you're anything like a comic book artist, you're stubborn and you will not listen, so you might as well get off on the right foot -- and Illiterate's Talk & Draw series is a good ... More >>
This could be you!This I know is true: Comic books aren't easy. Banish the idea that they are from your minds immediately before you proceed. Sure, artists like Noah Van Sciver (creator of Westword's weekly 4 Questions strip) make it look easy, but a comic artist is kind of like a god-figure ... More >>
A Convivium Illiterate Preview Dinner with S.D. Prochyra. Quietly, very quietly, over the last year since the venue opened, Illiterate Gallery director Adam Gildar instigated a resident artist program, wherein Illiterate offers artists who go through an application process a chance to stage a ... More >>
Tom MurphyPart of "Leaving the Body" by Drew EnglanderSeveral blocks outside the First Friday art-walk on Santa Fe sits Illiterate Gallery at 72 South Broadway. It's a part of town that some consider a place so-called "hipsters" call home -- but if you stand in front of Illiterate too long on ... More >>
From zazzle.com Denver's public schoolchildren could soon be learning a lot more about the art of babymaking (and presumably, how to avoid it). The DPS Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution last week that calls for the district to ensure that kids "have access to science-based, c ... More >>
What's Dan Hawkins happy about?As CU fans were wondering if the school will wind up in an expanded Pac 10 or remain in the Big 12, the NCAA hit the university with sanctions. Why? The football and basketball programs failed to reach required minimum academic standards -- which is shocking gi ... More >>
Is Ted Haggard ready for his closeup?Update, 11:25 a.m.: Ted Haggard has made his announcement. It involves a launch party for his new church and a possible documentary. Details below the original item, published at 8:36 a.m. Today at 10:30 a.m., embattled Colorado Springs evangelist Ted Hag ... More >>
Tom Boasberg has got DPS' numbers.More kids are enrolled in Colorado schools than ever before: 832,368 to be exact, according to numbers released this week by the state Department of Education. And Denver Public Schools is contributing heavily to that growth. The city's enrollment is up 4,493 ... More >>
Bill Ritter is budgeting his time -- and timing his budget.Editor's note: Westword is live blogging Governor Bill Ritter's presentation to the state's Joint Budget Committee about his proposed 2010-11 budget. The state is facing a $1.02 billion shortfall. The most recent posts are at the top. ... More >>
Linda Trabucco.Why on earth would a female high-school teacher want to boink a male student? After all, teenage boys are typically terrible conversationalists, are prone to doing stupid things (and then doing them again), and have terrible skin. And who cares if a stiff breeze can give them a ... More >>
A graphic from the new SchoolVIEW website.On Friday, the Colorado Department of Education unveiled SchoolVIEW.org, a new website that aims to make it easier than ever for parents to check on the standardized-testing achievements of a specific school and district -- and it does just that. For ... More >>
The logo of Rishel Middle School. Last night, emotions were high at the Denver Public Schools' board meeting. Many controversial issues were on the table: new charter-school proposals, a plan to have several schools share space with one another, and the much-protested idea of closing struggling ... More >>
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The state's new teacher incentive program has had unintended consequences.
Her parents kept her prisoner in a storage unit, but words set Jodi Jill free.
The University of Northern Colorado expels its longtime laboratory school.
Three years ago, Ashley was branded the worst elementary school in Denver. What’s changed? Everything.