Five-time congressman, two-time gubernatorial candidate and one-time presidential aspirant Tom Tancredo has never smoked pot. But he doesn't need to have used marijuana to recognize that the federal campaign against it has failed -- and to support Amendment 64. A former schoolteacher and regional D ... More >>
Outspoken Denver Public Schools board member Andrea Merida will not run for re-election. In a blog post on her website (the full text of which is below), she explains why: "I cannot, in good conscience, serve on a board whose only function now is to give tests." Merida was the subject of a 2010 Wes ... More >>
Moments ago, during an appearance on Peter Boyles's KHOW talk show (and while surrounded by TV cameras), former Congressman Tom Tancredo announced that he's running for governor...again. "I announced 5 minutes ago my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado and look forw ... More >>
Want evidence of just how colorful Colorado has become? Stop by the Colorado Senate this morning, where two big bills will be considered. One, calling for new sex education standards, shows how very blue the Colorado Legislature is these days, The second, HB 13-1061, which would set standards for "r ... More >>
The fight for and against Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol act, is entering its final stages -- and Roger Sherman, campaign director for Smart Colorado, the No on 64 movement, admits that he can't compete with proponents when it comes to resources. So he's countering with events and ... More >>
This week, President Barack Obama talked to CU-Boulder students about college affordability. But how affordable is CU? According to a list of four-year public colleges compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, the university costs more than 79 percent of the institutions on the roster.
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 >>
As the Fringe slides into the weekend, openings include two shows we've already highlighted in print -- an adapted Irish mystery, The Third Policeman, 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dairy Center and Kelsey Huff's solo2 show HUFFS, 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Dairy -- and a whole lot more.
Germany? Colorado's Board of Education recently added social studies to its new testing system -- a move that may prevent more geography horror stories like professor Aimee Pellet's. She described a recent map test on which one student labeled the Rocky Mountains "the Alps," another ID'd Alas ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Hickenlooper has kept to his vow to keep his campaign positive. Had he decided to go negative on Tom Tancredo, though, he would have found no shortage of material on the American Constitution Party candidate: Google "Tancredo" and "controvers ... More >>
Ken Buck.Ken Buck: Too extreme for Colorado? How about, Ken Buck: Too embarrassing for Colorado. We seem to have our own Joe Biden in the house, a guy who can't stop putting his foot in his mouth. In some ways it's refreshing to see a politician who's not slick enough to lie and obfuscate e ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Colorado was chosen today as one of nineteen finalists in round two of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top grant contest. If successful, the state stands to win $175 million. If not, Colorado gets zilch -- which is what happened when it applied for $377 million i ... 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 >>
Drew Litton would have drawn Birdman's hair taller if it had been a bigger glass.A short-cut to Denver's corner of the blogosphere. As a bonus to AJ Vicens' analysis of last night's Nuggets win over Oklahoma City, the folks at 5280 include a video showing how you can rock a "faux-hawk" like ... More >>
A banner from the Independence Institute's "Ed Is Watching" website. Our item yesterday about a Douglas County school allowing parents to opt out of letting their kids watch a Tuesday speech to the nation's schoolchildren by President Barack Obama has been followed by plenty of mainstream cov ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Education is eliminating several regional director jobs, disappointing Coloradans hoping for an appointment, the Denver Post reports today. According to a notice outlining the job eliminations,"These political appointees have not had substantial policy or administrative func ... More >>
State Senate President Peter Groff will be heading to Washington, D.C. after this legislative session ends to take a job in the Department of Education pushing faith-based programs. But first, he's keeping the faith that the state's $17.9 billion budget bill will be approved by the Senate today. T ... More >>
People will be lining up for this opportunity. Reports about layoffs are about as rare as oxygen molecules these days; our blog "The Colorado Independent is Downsizing But Not Disappearing" is just one of many, many examples. In this environment, Denver Teaching Fellows, a Denver Public Schools pr ... More >>
Metro’s new provost, Rodolfo Rocha, had a chance to lead the school into the future. Instead, he became a faculty pariah in less than a year.
The Mexican gives a reader a failing grade in basic common sense.
I Am Curious, Yellow
The Independence Institute got a jolt from its Italian leaders.
Tom Tancredo is on a crusade to save America -- and he's looking for recruits.
Drummer Donnie Eden wants to make a difference in the lives of young people, one note at a time.
Troubled West High takes a bold step to improve learning and lower the dropout rate.
Federal prisons are filling up with people whose only crime is the possession of a gun.
Virtual schools are becoming a viable option for parents who prefer to keep their kids at home.
Artists of all types showcase their styles at a DPS staff show.
Charter schools are perfect for special-education kids. That's the problem.
Colorado's Board of Education is more powerful than you know -- and it would like to get even stronger.
Flying high with the Eaglecrest cheerleaders and their competitive sport.
Colorado has become one of the country's hubs for teaching, and learning, how to feel bad.
Denver Public Schools' bilingual-education policy is open to interpretation.
Northeast Denver's schools are running out of room.
Barnes Business College may have shut down, but it's still giving taxpayers the business.
Every good boy does fine? Not according to this Denver music teacher's new system of music notation.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THOSE CALLS BY PAT SCHROEDER FOR INVESTIGATIONS? NOT A WHOLE LOT.
STATE REGULATORS MULL THE FATE OF A CONTROVERSIAL TRADE SCHOOL'S NURSING PROGRAM.
A CONSERVATIVE THINK TANK IN GOLDEN MAKES THE DEMOCRATS THIRST FOR ONE OF THEIR OWN.
A TEACHER CHALLENGES GIFTED PROGRAMS AS BIASED.