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Advocates, lawmakers back efforts to bolster education funding

A state House bill and a ballot measure could increase education funding throughout Colorado. Colorado House Bill 1232, which is currently awaiting hearing by the House Education Committee, seeks to … more

Jeffco students participate in national walkout protest

Students across Jefferson County headed out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. on March 14, as part of a national protest against gun violence in schools. Students participated in the protest in at … more

Colorado students go head to head in Science Bowl

After a full day of competition in the state Science Bowl March 3, a team from Fort Collins High School was named the champion after outscoring Fairview High School in Boulder, in a rapid-fire final … more

Speech and debates teaches students confidence

For Faith Christian High School senior Mikayla Martin, participating in speech competitions has brought her confidence throughout her high school career. “People underestimate high school … more

Here is how we keep Jeffco schoolchildren safe

Since the terrible school shooting in Florida, many have asked me, “What does Jefferson County Public Schools do to keep our students safe?” In the years since Columbine, we have learned a great … more

Jeffco students say `enough,' plan walkout events

After the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Golden High School senior Emmy Adams said her heart was “shattered.” “Enough is enough and it's time … more

Jeffco schools find threats unfounded as work goes on to assure safety

There were multiple threats against students and faculty in Jefferson County Public Schools in the week following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, but all of them were deemed … more

McLain welcomes all to a ‘school of hope’

The way that Chris Eberhardt, principal of Jefferson County’s McLain Community High School, sees it, his school does more than offer students of all ages an opportunity for a second chance at an … more

Parents, students, educators rally at state Capitol

School choice advocates from around the state gathered Feb. 16 at the Colorado Capitol to send a message to state legislators about cyberschools and online learning in Colorado. Parents, students and … more

Metro area schools look to later start times

Research says that a later school start time positively impacts alertness, mental health, wellness and behavior in high school and middle school students, which means students are better prepared to … more

More grads and fewer dropouts in Jefferson County

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released 2016-17 school year graduation, completion, and dropout rates last week. For Jefferson County Public Schools, the news is positive; more students … more

Keeping students, schools safe

In Colorado, where eight school shootings have occurred since 1982 — leaving 19 dead and 29 wounded — keeping students safe is a reality that has spurred Denver metro area districts to lead the … more

Jeffco Schools launches million dollar innovation fund

In an effort to capitalize on great ideas from teachers, the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education will be launching the Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund that will invest in the … more

Forming healthy financial habits at Young Americans Center

Every great financial empire had to start with just a few dollars going into a bank account somewhere. Which means 14-year-old Katelyn Osborne, who lives in Denver, is ahead of the curve when it … more

A look back at the top issues in Jefferson County Public Schools in 2017

Despite small raise, teacher pay continues to lag With the failure of the $33 million mill levy override and $535 million bond package that the Jefferson County Schools Board of Education presented … more

Jeffco public schools earn 45 CMAS-based academic awards

Thirty-five district schools earned 45 academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education based on 2016-17 Colorado Measures of Academic Success results. “I am so proud of these schools and … more

Glass: What makes a great school in Jeffco

In October, we released a proposed vision statement for Jeffco Public Schools called Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools. Since that time, we’ve had deep and … more

Lack of affordable housing pushes families onto streets

Lack of sleep, anxiety, depression and acting out are all heightened mental health challenges faced by the 500 unaccompanied youths and the approximately 3,000 students experiencing homelessness in … more

Despite obstacles, ‘I have a lot of reasons to be happy'

Every day, Daliliah Wilson spends four hours simply getting to and from school. Without a car or driver’s license, Wilson, 18, must take two buses and the light rail from her Wheat Ridge home to … more

School expansions breaking ground for Adams 12

Adams 12 Five Star School District won’t wait for classes to end at two Westminster elementary schools, breaking ground on big expansions at the Arapahoe Ridge and Cotton Creek schools Dec. 18 and … more
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