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The Christmas Mystery of the Missing Dinosaur Egg

My family has had quite a year of multiple hospital visits (heart surgery, anyone?) and ongoing misfortunes that would render even Murphy (as in the “Law”) speechless. I resolved to kick 2011 to the curb by doing my holiday shopping and preparations early so I could feel like I had at least something under control. […]

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Colorado loses again in "Race to the Top" grant competition

Colorado failed once again to receive a grant in the latest “Race to the Top” competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced this morning. In the previous two rounds, Colorado was a finalist, but did not receive any funds. North Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington, Delaware, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island and California were chosen to receive […]

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New Colorado School Grades website grades schools with simple A through F

A coalition of 18 community organizations has launched a nearly $1 million Internet-based project that translates state rankings of public schools into simple letter grades. “Every parent can relate to grades A through F,” said Colorado Succeeds president Tim Taylor, a member of the Colorado School Grades coalition. “We’re not changing inputs, just translating in […]

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Denver judge rules low funding for Colorado schools is "unconscionable"

In a ruling that could have profound consequences for Colorado’s budget, a Denver judge Friday said the state’s school-funding system is not “thorough and uniform” as mandated by the state constitution. The state’s school-funding system “is not rationally related to the mandate to establish and maintain a thorough and uniform system of free public schools,” […]

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Resistance to Homework is Futile

Resistance to schoolwork is futile. You will be assimilated into the schoolwork collective. Public school or homeschool, there’s bound to be resistance to schoolwork at some point, or multiple points. How do you handle the complaints, the dislike, the utter resistance that kids throw our way?

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Denver middle schools recruiting and captivating students

At one recent Denver middle-school open house, the principal greased visiting fifth-graders’ palms with chocolate. Another dangled international travel before visitors. And one captivated recruits with classroom chairs that actually bounce, to accommodate fidgeting pre-teens. Practically every Denver middle school now invites fifth-graders and their parents to an open house. Many host fifth-graders as they […]

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Colorado voter turnout shows high interest in education reform

Near-record campaign contributions, national media attention and large voter turnouts revealed deeper public interest in education in Colorado this year. Mostly stagnant graduation rates and the increasingly costly needs of remediation for those students who decide to pursue higher education have spurred a reform movement offering myriad choices for quick change. Others see the movement […]

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