Ratha Sok had never taken on a project quite like this one. But now approximately 1,500 square feet of space -- a pillar outside CEC Middle College that used to be just gray brick -- is covered in an eclectic mural painted by Sok, fellow artist friends Denzel Samaniego, Jin Oh, and Thien Tai, and fi ... More >>
James Walsh found that the old methods of teaching were not working, so he threw out his textbooks, shredded his exams and turned his 200-person lecture hall into a space for radical, theatrical collaboration exploring people's histories: stories of labor, immigration and gay rights. Soon he was int ... More >>
Yesterday, our Melanie Asmar wrote about the closure of West High School until Wednesday following the discovery of bedbugs in a classroom. Asmar, the author of a feature article on bedbugs, asked our readers if the incident suggests a wider bedbug problem in Denver, and here's one of the uncomforta ... More >>
West High School is closed until Wednesday so that exterminators can ensure the campus is bedbug-free after three of the little suckers were found in a classroom, according to a letter sent home to parents and shared in its entirety by 7NEWS. In the letter, West's principals assure parents that area ... More >>
Subway may have run into trouble by shorting the measurements of its footlong sandwiches, but the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has gotten nothing but kudos for the rule change it made late last summer, allowing "bona fide restaurants" within 500 feet of a school to apply for a hotel and ... More >>
On July 1, Metropolitan State College officially became Metropolitan State University of Denver, ending a process that had dragged on for four years, through research, debate and, finally, the approval of the Colorado Legislature. But the school in the heart of the city really made its name last mon ... More >>
Congress won't pass the DREAM act and the Colorado Legislature killed ASSET. But Metropolitan State College (soon to be Metropolitan State University of Denver) is ready to do the right thing for would-be students who are living here illegally, kids who were brought to this country by their parents ... More >>
Yesterday, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner implied that the 23 dispensaries issued shut-down letters had stopped doing business at their previous locations, within 1,000 feet from schools. While some centers have relocated, others have shut their doors permanently.
More Colorado college students are taking remedial courses once they arrive on campus, according to a report released today. In the 2010-11 school year, 31.8 percent of recent high school graduates were placed into a remedial course, as opposed to 28.6 percent in 2009-10. The remediation rate for st ... 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 >>
The Charter School Institute board is once again complete. Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed a ninth member: Liz Aybar, who once served as principal of the now-shuttered P.S. 1 Charter School in Denver. Aybar and the other eight board members have their work cut out for them, as explai ... More >>
In a way, Joanne Kron's political problem-solving began in high school. It was there, at the Denver Center For International Studies, that the future executive director of ProgressNow Colorado got her subtle start in activism and advocacy through the combination of Model United Nations and something ... More >>
West High School is not closing. At least not yet. That point was hammered home repeatedly today at a gathering of West High leaders, media and community members to talk about the future of the low-performing school, which will welcome two new academies to its building next year. "This is how ... More >>
Michael Hancock Concerns about public education and the need to improve communication between city officials and citizens about everything from parking to park usage were hot topics this morning at Mayor Michael Hancock's first community forum. Comments such as "City personnel need to be more ... More >>
As explained in the Westword story "Tough Subject," the recent resignation of brand-new West High School principal Santiago Grado was sudden. To help parents make sense of the change, West High held a meeting on September 29 at 4 p.m. However, only one person showed up. Now, a West grandmother says ... More >>
Santiago Grado resigned last month as principal of Denver's West High School after only a month and a half on the job. School officials say he chose to do so after issues with his academic leadership were raised. But Grado tells Westword that it was a difference in leadership philosophies, not a l ... More >>
Recently, West High School's brand-new principal, Santiago Grado, abruptly resigned. The reason, according to Denver Public Schools officials? He wasn't a strong academic leader. But the man who replaced him, assistant principal Domonic Martinez, has had some leadership problems, too, as explained i ... More >>
Bigger pic below. West High School has a new addition to its airplane hangar. (How many of you knew West even had an airplane hangar?) Yesterday, the U.S. Air Force Academy donated a jet engine to DPS's Aircraft Maintenance Program, which is offered through the Emily Griffith Technical Colleg ... More >>
Lincoln Park asparagus can be grown from seeds or crowns, but the latter method respects the prestige of Lincoln Park. Home to the Santa Fe Arts District, Denver Health Hospital, West High School, Xcel Energy Zuni Generation Station and the 105-year-old Buckhorn Exchange, Lincoln Park is the ... More >>
Update, 8:52 a.m. Friday: Laura Chapin, Romer's campaign spokeswoman, sent over a very short video clip from the debate regarding Hancock and creationism. See it at the bottom of this post. ____________________________________ "You're the fun cousins," radio host Dan Caplis told the Denver Re ... More >>
The 2Kool crew: Bimmer Torres, Alexandra Soto, Ratha Sok and Katrina Nguyen. Ratha Sok just couldn't stop tagging. Growing up in the projects of Westwood, he found his young voice in a spray can. Graffiti was the only art he knew. And eventually, he got caught. Ratha spent two months in Juvie ... 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 >>
Banksy: The John Dillinger of street artists.Far more often than is at all warranted, a bill proposing to "crack down" on graffiti -- like the one shot down in committee by the state legislator yesterday -- comes up in some form of government, promising to eradicate the scourge of people scri ... More >>
Illegal immigrants took over the State Capitol yesterday -- figuratively speaking, at least -- when Senate Bill 54 was introduced by Senator Kent Lambert. It's essentially a copycat of Arizona's controversial (and constitutionally challenged) law, and a major waste of time. Until Arizona pass ... More >>
Drew Englander, Illiterate GalleryWhy is this First Friday different from all other First Fridays? In most ways, it isn't, and that's the real beauty of it. But it is Denver Arts Week's Know Your Arts First Friday Arts Walk, meaning the monthly evening art walk event in arts districts all ove ... More >>
Ken PadillaOver the past several years, northwest Denver has been the site of heated clashes over new development, struggling schools and other hot-button issues -- and the political pot got stirred into a frenzy when Denver City Council District representative Rick Garcia split for a gig wit ... More >>
Pablo would be a senior in college now. A senior in a private college, rather than a public university. Because while Pablo was a star student at West High School, he was also an illegal immigrant. His parents had come to the United States when he was just a boy, and although they'd worked hard to ... More >>
Journalist Sonia Nazario talks immigration.
Can councilman Paul Lopez reconcile his anti-city government past with his establishment future?
Are educators about to go postal?
There are thousands of illegal-immigrant stories in the city. This is one of them.
In one afternoon, this Montbello student went from cheerleading to lockup.
The bus stops here for Denver Public Schools.
No parking zone
Troubled West High takes a bold step to improve learning and lower the dropout rate.
Freddy Rodriguez Sr. has spent decades in Denver's jazz scene. These days his favorite partner is his son.
A snitch in time...
Conditions have gotten stale for food-service workers in Denver Public Schools.
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