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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Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: PM promises ‘light’ as cases skyrocket

The country is facing another week of grim records as Covid cases continue to rocket, with one principal warning school children will be on a “rolling carousel” in and out of isolation. The impact of Covid is starting to put strain on organisations as large numbers of school students are isolating at home today. Some workplaces have been forced to […]

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