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Monday, September 9, 2013

Denver Public Schools give children bus cards to increase safety

The Denver Post – Zahira Torres

“The system, which is estimated to cost $748,000 over three years, is one of several adopted by districts throughout Colorado that provides data reflecting the times and places children get on and get off buses as well as tracking those buses while in transit.” (more)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Colorado school finance reformers deliver double required signatures

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“Proponents of a $950 million initiative to revamp the state’s school finance system, and raise the state income tax in the process, delivered more than 160,000 signatures Monday morning to the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to put the measure on the November ballot.” (more)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Colorado children edged out of preschool because of limited funding

The Denver Post – Zahira Torres

“Thousands of Colorado youngsters who qualify for preschool could be turned away when classes start this month because the state does not have enough money to cover the cost of their education.” (more)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bilingual learning, from an early age

Telluride Daily Planet – Katie Klingsporn

“It used to be typical that if students in America wanted to learn a new language, they would take Spanish or French 101 in middle or high school. But those days are receding with a new tide of language immersion programs that start at a much earlier age. Research has shown that it’s far easier for young children to pick up languages than adults, and bilingual children perform well in school and have high rates of graduation.” (more)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Colorado schools investing in more financial literacy for students

The Denver Post – Sean Cavanagh

“It’s not enough for kids to just learn math in school anymore. Starting this fall, schoolchildren in Colorado will have financial education integrated into their social studies and math lessons.”(more)

Friday, June 14, 2013

St. Vrain Valley’s STEM education filters down to youngest thinkers

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“The two-week summer program challenges students selected from about 300 teacher-nominated candidates for their outside-the-box thinking as well as qualities like curiosity, creativity and cooperation. It also challenges the notion that some kids are too young for the advanced cognition required by STEM pursuits.”(more)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jazz In The Cafeteria: Kids Learn To Listen While They Chomp

NPR – Jenny Brundin

“Students soon were hearing a shiny gold saxophone played by Harold Rapp, a local musician. The kids were entranced. As Hall had theorized, being quiet at lunch allowed them to think about what they were hearing.”(more)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Colorado Student Receives $100,000 Intel First Prize

The New York Times Ethan Hauser

“A high school senior who cultivated populations of algae under her loft bed won first place and $100,000 in the Intel Science Talent Search on Tuesday night. The contestant, Sara Volz, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colo., researched ways to create populations of algae cells with high oil content; this algae oil can be converted into an economically feasible biofuel.”(more)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Court of Appeals Gives Green Light to Colorado Voucher Pilot

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“The Colorado Court of Appeals has handed a victory to supporters of school choice when it ruled that the school voucher program in place in the state is constitutional. “(more)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

IB Part of District’s World Class Ed Curriculum

Our Colorado News – Jane Reuter

“IB, a European-developed program with tiers aimed at specific age groups, helps “develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world,” according to its website. It places a strong emphasis on foreign language, cross-cultural understanding and research.”(more)