At a Denver Public Schools event about so-called "health justice" earlier today, Alicia Leon, a Denver single mother of four, said the challenge of living healthily is simple: Processed food is cheap, available, and easy to prepare, while fresh produce and healthy meals are expensive, harder to find ... More >>
Nancy Werkmeister, a former assistant principal at North High School involved with the problem-ridden credit recovery program, is now working at Montbello High School. Denver Public Schools spokesman Mike Vaughn says Werkmeister "has a part-time contract to help with scheduling to make sure students ... More >>
Denver's graduation rate is on the rise. Statistics released today show that 56.1 percent of seniors graduated "on time" in the spring of 2011, as opposed to 51.8 percent in 2010. "On time" means they graduated four years after entering high school as freshmen. Meanwhile, the dropout rate stayed th ... More >>
Linda TorrezKristen Stillman had been on the witness stand for two days -- talking about how her mother had dropped Kristen and her twin brother, Will, off at a house in northwest Denver when they were eight, and how the head of that household had abused them emotionally, physically, sexually ... More >>
An investigation into allegations of cheating within the credit recovery program at North High School found that while the program's online classes were "challenging," staff members did not sufficiently monitor the students enrolled.
"It is discouraging when adult decisions jeopardize opportunitie ... More >>
City Year, an AmeriCorps program that focuses on mentoring at-risk students at high-needs schools across the country, has come to Denver.
Fifty young adults ages 17 to 24 are now serving as tutors and mentors in five Denver public schools.
Jimenez Three seats are up for grabs on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education this November -- and the list of candidates vying for them is growing. As of today, seven candidates have announced that they're running, including incumbent Arturo Jimenez, who represents northwest Denver. T ... More >>
"Passing on Education," this week's cover story, questions whether students at North High School were allowed to cheat in online credit recovery courses in order to make up classes they'd failed -- and ultimately, graduate. In the three years that North has used credit recovery, graduation r ... More >>
Nicole Veltze. North High school will have a new principal next year, its fourth in five years. Nicole Veltze, the current principal at nearby Skinner Middle School, will take over for Ed Salem, who has helmed North since the fall of 2008.
Tomorrow, the North community will have the opportun ... More >>
Miguel Lopez seen introducing Rob Corry at a 2008 marijuana rally.Yesterday, we pointed out that the Mile High NORML Cannabis Rally, slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. this morning across the street from the west steps of the capitol, would feature a special blessing by Reverend James Marks of the ... More >>
A Flickr photo.DPS can't build its (graduation) dreams on suspicious minds. Denver Public Schools' high school graduation rate is rising -- but so far, it's only risen to a mediocre 52.7 percent. That was the news yesterday from Superintendent Tom Boasberg, who announced the numbers at a pres ... More >>
Joel WarnerThe Breaking Ground teamUrbavore's Dilemma is an ongoing web series detailing city dwellers' commitment to urban homesteading. From May through September, Westword writer Joel Warner will get his hands dirty, covering everything from backyard chickens to front-lawn gardens, from gr ... More >>
ETHNICITY WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE AN ISSUE IN WELLINGTON WEBB'S SEARCH FOR AN EDUCATION CZAR. IT IS NOW.THE BLACKBOARD BUNGLE HOW MAYOR WEBB'S SEARCH FOR AN EDUCATION CZAR WAS HIJACKED BY RACIAL POLITICS.
A GRISLY HALLOWEEN MURDER FROM THE PAST STILL HAUNTS A DENVER POLICE DETECTIVE.HOUSE OF HORRORS INSIDE JACK DUCEY'S RAMBLING NORTH DENVER HOME, POLICE FOUND BARNYARD ANIMALS, A GIANT STUFFED BEAR--AND MURDER.