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Marijuana money and education in Denver metro schools

Jefferson County Public Schools is hiring six more social-emotional counselors for 14 elementary schools. Douglas County School District has one additional school counselor at each of its nine middle … more

Hickenlooper budget would boost school funding

Colorado would give school districts more money next year and the state would make a dent in its school funding shortfall under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2018-19 budget released Nov. 1. If the plan is approved by state lawmakers, school … more

Students unplug, discover value of real face time

An initiative to ditch social media for a month that started with Littleton Public Schools students has gone viral, with thousands of youngsters around the country and the globe joining in the effort to get reacquainted with the world beyond their … more

RMCAD celebrates a new vision for future

When Chris Spohn, the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s president for the past seven months, first moved to the Denver area from Los Angeles, he took an Uber or Lyft to campus every day. “I’d ask whoever was driving me if they’d … more

‘Stop the Bleed’ class offers tools for helping

Theresa Carrol stood over a prosthetic wound as it spouted fake blood and quickly stuffed it with gauze. She was one of 60 community members learning how to pack wounds and apply pressure in emergency situations. “I don’t want to feel … more

Teaching students how to cope socially, emotionally

Eighth-grader Morgan Fritzler is working to improve her self-awareness. “Sometimes, I have anxiety and perfectionist issues and I expect myself to get everything on the first try,” Fritzler, 12, said. “It makes me feel frustrated.” But … more

LPS forum tackles youth suicide issues

Littleton Public Schools is addressing the issue of student suicide after two students took their own lives at the beginning of the school year. Panelists from a variety of mental healthcare entities spoke to parents, educators and community … more

Candidates touch on trust in latest Douglas County School Board forum

One word used often by Douglas County School Board candidates at the second community forum was “trust.” “Before we would consider any kind of tax increase, the first goal is to restore trust with the community,” Elevate Douglas County … more

University of Phoenix to close campuses

The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a “teach-out” program. The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one … more

New LPS graduation requirements take effect with freshman class

Littleton High School is a big change for Ashton Haddock — and she'll be part of a big change for Littleton Public Schools. The 14-year-old freshman had attended an Outward Bound school since kindergarten, where her lessons included rock … more

DACA students rally to renew eligibility, ‘mourn loss of dream’

When she was 2 years old, Claudia Hurtado and her sister were taken across the border with people she didn’t know. Separately, her parents crossed from Mexico to Texas, and there, met the people with their children, before coming to Denver to … more

School district takes stand against intolerance

Bias and prejudice have no place in Littleton Public Schools, the district's board of education asserted at its Sept. 14 meeting. After a rocky start to the school year in which two LPS students died by suicide, officials reiterated the … more

LPS school board election canceled for lack of candidates

Littleton Public Schools' Board of Education will remain unchanged after the fall election, after no challengers emerged against the three members whose terms run out this year. The incumbents will automatically retain their seats for another … more

Teacher’s lifelong passion for theater wins her prestigious award

At age 5, Laurilea McDaniel’s mother took her to New York City for the Broadway musical, “Cats.” It was the first of hundreds of shows she would see. That same year, her mom taught her how to sew a costume. “That’s definitely where my … more

Juvenile found dead at Mark Twain Elementary

  A juvenile died of an apparent suicide that occurred on Mark Twain Elementary schoolgrounds at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Arapahoe County officials said Thursday. An adult male found the … more

LPS test scores higher than state, lower than goals

Continuing a longtime trend, standardized test scores released earlier this month by the Colorado Department of Education show that Littleton Public Schools consistently scores higher than the state average. Despite the high marks compared to the … more

Back to school help

Shirley Bradsby remembers when shopping for school supplies for her children — all now grown — was much simpler. And cheaper. These days, with longer lists that include technology and earbuds, getting kids ready for school can dig a deep … more

Baby box program gives women ‘breath of fresh air’

New and expecting moms throughout the Colorado now have access to free, safe place for babies to sleep with the Colorado launch of the baby box. The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting families with vital … more

Cimarron teacher wins VFW state award

The Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars recently honored Cimarron Middle School eighth-grade history teacher Shannon Shelton as its Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. A ceremony honoring Shelton capped the VFW’s annual state convention, presented at … more
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