Colorado invests in apprenticeships as way into workforce

Naarai Navarro lived a double life as a Denver high school student and a claims-agent-in-training at Pinnacol Assurance, the Denver-based workers’ compensation insurance agency. In the mornings, the 16-year-old attended classes at John F. Kennedy High School. But come afternoon, she transformed into a working professional as a registered apprentice. In addition to being taught the ins and outs of […]

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DPS board member Auon’tai Anderson obtains restraining order against district critic

Denver school board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson has obtained a restraining order and filed a criminal complaint against vocal district critic Brandon Pryor, who recently won a court victory overturning Denver Public Schools’ efforts to bar him from district property. Both men agree they had an argument Friday morning about Anderson’s December vote to move the school Pryor founded, Robert […]

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CU loses $120 million in investments, upending campus spending plans

The University of Colorado lost $120 million by not withdrawing investment gains ahead of this year’s market downturn, a snafu that has forced CU leaders to halt or delay some of the “once in a lifetime” spending plans they made across the system’s four campuses in the wake of historic investment returns in 2021. Now faculty leaders are calling on […]

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Denver Public Schools pays $2.1 million to settle allegations it misused AmeriCorps funds

Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, paid the federal government more than $2.1 million to settle allegations that it misused AmeriCorps funds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced Tuesday. The settlement, which includes the stipulation that DPS does not admit any liability, follows an investigation conducted four years ago that found the district recruited its […]

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Police investigating possible threat made about Cherry Creek High School

Greenwood Village Police Department is investigating a possible threat made against Cherry Creek High School after someone sent a social media message threatening to “shoot up the school,” the agency announced Thursday. The high school, as well as nearby Campus Middle School and Belleview Elementary School, was placed on a “secure perimeter” by school officials, meaning all students and staff […]

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Colorado school district gets to keep mascot named after Kiowa Tribe

A Colorado school district will still be able to use its mascot named after the Kiowa Tribe despite a state law banning the use of American Indian mascots by schools going into effect next month, voted the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs on Thursday. Elbert County School District C-2, based in Kiowa, was removed from the commission’s non-compliance list, meaning […]

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Chris Hipkins wants to diversify countries international students come from

By John Gerritsen of RNZ It’s time to rebuild the devastated foreign student industry, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says – but it needs to diversify too. Hipkins told an international education conference he wanted to see higher-quality courses and more diversity in the nations that students were coming from. “We don’t just want to build back the way that […]

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Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Meth use increased significantly during August lockdown, remains elevated

By Jordan Bond of RNZ Methamphetamine use has significantly increased and remained elevated since the August 2021 Covid-19 lockdown. Police wastewater figures show use more than doubled between July and September 2021, and has stayed well above the historical average right through to January 2022, the most recent available figures showed. A social worker believes the drug is far more […]

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LGBTQ references stripped from proposed revisions to Colorado social studies standards for lower grades

The committee revising Colorado’s social studies standards has reversed its plans to add the experiences of LGBTQ people to its recommended curriculum for students below the fourth grade after receiving public feedback questioning the “age appropriateness” of the change. The committee, which is made up of school social studies teachers from across Colorado, recommended changes to the state’s history and […]

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