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Rachele Espiritu to fill Denver school board seat

A mother of two Denver Public Schools students who works in behavioral health was appointed Monday by the Denver school board president to fill a vacant board seat after the previous appointee stepped aside more than two weeks ago.Rachele Espiritu is set to represent northeast Denver until the fall of 2017. She is also a member of the Denver Asian Pacific-American Commission.For more on this story, go to Chalkbeat Colorado.Chalkbeat Colorado is a nonprofit news organization covering education issues.
The Denver Post
03/05
5 Points

Districts testing limits of new rules for state assessments

It also doesn't spell out consequences for not complying.How districts have complied with the law opens a window into whether they value or dislike the testing and holding schools, districts and teachers accountable for results. But if a large number of freshmen in advanced courses skipped the tests, instruction proceeded. House Bill 1323 prohibits negative consequences for parents or students who opt-out of tests, and prohibits encouraging parents to opt their children out.
The Denver Post
01/05
2 Points
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Denver school board approves innovation zone, granting schools new freedoms

Four Denver public schools will enjoy unprecedented autonomy next year after the school board Thursday unanimously approved a new "innovation zone."Ashley Elementary School, Cole Arts & Science Academy, Denver Green School and Creativity Challenge Community will be part of the zone, dubbed the Luminary Learning Network.The four are already innovation schools, which means they have waivers from certain state and district rules.
The Denver Post
29/04
3 Points
1

Sports Von Miller's Von's Vision hands out eyeglasses to more than 280 children

Back in Denver for his annual Von's Vision "reveal party" to hand out eyeglasses to more than 280 area children, Broncos linebacker Von Miller stood among a sea of young fans in the visitors' locker room of Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Wednesday.WATCH: Von's Vision welcomes more than 280 children to Sports Authority Field"This is something that's near and dear to my heart," Miller said.
The Denver Post
29/04
8 Points

A careless mistake by DPS board

It followed the revelation that Holmes had been convicted of misdemeanor child abuse. Anne Rowe's announcement this week that she'll appoint a replacement after the board's first choice, MiDian Holmes, bowed out at the last minute was inevitable. The board knew about the case, but failed to check public documents to see if Holmes' excusable version of the incident was correct. And the board was simply derelict in not having someone check out her story.
The Denver Post
23/04
6 Points

Police say student detained with BB gun at Denver school

Denver Police detained a middle school boy after finding the student took a BB gun to school on Thursday.School leaders at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences placed the school on lockdown at 12:47 p.m.
The Denver Post
21/04
3 Points

Retired Denver teacher tells jury he did not resist police

Johnson eventually took Lee inside and had him sit in a chair before removing the handcuffs. The officers wanted to search Lee's house, and he gave permission, Lee has said in his complaint.When Lee tried to follow Krause inside, Johnson grabbed the man's hand, pulled it backward and twisted his arm before handcuffing him, Lee said. "The reason they do so is to get Mr. Lee to calm down."Johnson is expected to testify Tuesday.
The Denver Post
19/04
5 Points
1

MiDian Holmes to step aside as Denver Public Schools pick

MiDian Holmes announced on her Facebook page Thursday night that she would not accept her appointment to the Denver school board, saying she did not want to be a distraction after details of a misdemeanor child abuse conviction became public."When I ran for the school board appointment, my intentions were pure," the longtime parent activist wrote.
The Denver Post
15/04
14 Points
1

Why Denver Public Schools thinks two teachers are better than one

To cover for the lead teachers, the district has had to hire more teachers to take over classrooms for portions of the day. During the 2015-16 school year, the program expanded to 71 schools, with 245 teacher leaders working with about 1,200 teachers. To nurture the success of schoolchildren, Denver schools are expanding a program focused on lifting up teachers.Denver Public Schools believes the Teacher Leadership and Collaboration program .
The Denver Post
14/04
7 Points
1

Denver Public Schools work with Glendale police on stolen rifle case

Denver Public Schools officials are working with Glendale police on an investigation into the theft of an assault-style rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition from a party attended mainly by East High School students.Will Jones, a DPS spokesman, said there is no evidence the weapon was stolen by an East student, but the district is taking precautions nonetheless.The district's security department has been helping Glendale investigators identify some of the party goers.
The Denver Post
12/04
8 Points
1

Denver Public Schools pledges to address student discipline concerns

Students of color were 3.1 times as likely to be suspended or expelled in 2014-15 than their white peers, it says.Read the full story at Chalbeat Colorado.
The Denver Post
12/04
3 Points

Conference addresses needs of black students in Denver Public Schools

"The task of educators is to embrace it."She also noted that personal biases and stereotypes lead some educators to make assumptions about what students can accomplish in the classroom. "People assume they don't care or don't want to learn."Rhonda Juett, who works to address the social and emotional needs of students, said she's noticed disproportionate treatment of black students in the classroom, especially when it comes to discipline."Just look at the suspension rate of black students," she said.
The Denver Post
10/04
2 Points
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