Andrea Merida. Andrea Merida, Denver Public Schools board member and Westword cover subject, has been making headlines once again. Education News Colorado was the first to report this week that Merida had overspent her $5,000 DPS-boardmember budget by more than $7,000. More than $4,000 of the ... More >>
Nate Easley. Update below: Nate Easley has survived an attempt to recall him. Supporters of the recall effort failed to collect enough valid signatures to place the question of whether to recall the Denver Public School board president on an upcoming ballot. They needed 5,363. They collected ... More >>
Nate Easley. Supporters of the effort to recall Denver Public Schools president Nate Easley say they turned in more than 6,000 signatures yesterday to the Denver Elections Division. In order to place the recall question on an upcoming ballot, they need 5,363 valid signatures from voters.
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Nate Easley. Supporters of the effort to recall Denver Public Schools board president Nate Easley have until tomorrow at 5 p.m. to turn in 5,363 valid signatures from voters in Easley's district of northeast Denver in order to put the recall question on an upcoming ballot. They've been at it ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Say What?," tells the story of the Manual High School debate team and specifically, brother-sister debaters Theron and Teague Harrison. Westword hung out with the team all year, watching as they practiced and competed, and won and lost. Why do the students participa ... More >>
Nate Easley. The drama around the effort to recall Denver Public Schools board president Nate Easley has reached a new low. We recently learned of a blog called "Decline to Sign -- Easley for Better Schools." The first words on the homepage are this: "I'm Dr. Nate Easley, and I am on the scho ... More >>
Good news from Denver Public Schools headquarters: In the past five years, the district's dropout rate has declined 42 percent. In the 2005-06 school year, 11.1 percent of students dropped out. In the 2009-10 school year, 6.4 percent of students dropped out. In real numbers, that means an es ... More >>
Easley.Reporter Melanie Asmar has been covering the recall effort aimed at Denver Public Schools board president Nate Easley, including a post about publisher Guerin Green identifying a pseudonymous blogger critical of an anti-Easley group.
In our comments section, that blogger fired back un ... More >>
Easley.The effort to recall Denver Public Schools board president Nate Easley has created some odd side dramas. One of them resulted in the outing of Linda Wagner, an Estes Park doggie day care owner and staunch Democrat who blogs on ColoradoPols under the pseudonym "Middle of the Road." Or d ... More >>
Nate Easley. Nate Easley is fighting back. The Denver Public Schools board president is the subject of a recall effort backed by voters unhappy with some of his policies, especially his votes to shutter under-performing schools. Recall proponents have until the end of March to collect 5,363 s ... More >>
FlickrUpdate below: New stats show that 72.4 percent of Colorado high school students graduated "on time" in 2010. In other words, 72.4 percent of freshman who started high school in the fall of 2006 donned caps and gowns in the spring of 2010. But is this better or worse than years past? Tha ... More >>
Nate Easley.Former Denver mayor Wellington Webb is standing up for Nate Easley, the Denver Public Schools board president who's the target of a recall.
That effort was initiated by failed school board candidate John McBride, who once served under Webb. Now, proponents are working to collect ... More >>
Easley.Update five: Recall proponents are hard at work gathering signatures. But it hasn't always been easy. See more below our fourth update.
Update four: The petition to initiate the recall process has been approved. See more below our third update.
Easley.Update: Easley responds to DeFENSE Denver below our original item.
DeFENSE Denver, a self-described coalition of parents, students and educators, is one of the forces behind the recent recall attempt of Denver Public Schools board president Nate Easley. And the group has not taken kin ... More >>
On Thursday, the seven-member Denver Public Schools board will vote on whether to censure three of its members: Jeannie Kaplan, Arturo Jimenez and Andrea Merida, subject of our recent story "Rule Breaker." But a legal opinion from the district's teachers union says the trio, accused of viola ... More >>
More photos below.What brings New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Denver? An invite from his Denver counterpart, John Hickenlooper, to participate in tonight's Denver Scholarship Foundation fundraiser at the Colorado Convention Center Hyatt. But before then, he made a carefully scripted ... More >>
Anthony CameraAndrea Merida. Last month, the DPS school board held a day-long retreat at the district's Balarat Outdoor Education Center. The seven-member board is divided on many issues, with four members in the majority and three -- including Andrea Merida, the subject of this week's featur ... More >>
Kyle Orton.Start the week by sampling three Denver blog posts.
At Mile High Report, Joe Kayser some reasons for pessimism about the 2010-2011 Broncos. Beyond all this injured running backs, that is.
Colorado Pols shares audio of Dan Maes saying Scott McInnis is short on positions, integrity ... More >>
$240,605 $41,470 $30,116 = an expensive school board raceThe final tally of money raised in last November's contentious Denver Public Schools school board election is in. And according to Education News Colorado reporter Nancy Mitchell, that tally is "jaw-dropping."
The three non-incumbe ... More >>