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A lawsuit that could make Colorado spend billions more on education each year began in Denver District Court Monday. Parents and school districts are suing to force the state to completely restructure how it funds public education. KDNK's Daniel Costello reports.
A group of school districts, parents and education groups in Colorado is going before a Denver District Court today in what’s expected to be a lengthy trial. The school districts are suing the state over what they see as a lack of funding in their districts. As KDNK’s Conrad Wilson reports, similar trials have taken place throughout the nation as dollars for K-12 education become tighter.
Supporters of a ballot initiative that would raise taxes and use the money raised on education are making a final push for signatures this week. As KDNK's Daniel Costello reports, proponents say they expect to get enough backing to get the measure placed on the November ballot.
Education is a huge issue. Budget cuts in Colorado and in the Roaring Fork Valley have impacted schools, especially the number of teachers and class sizes.
All this week, KDNK News and Aspen Journalism are working together to bring you a sampling of the conversation happening at this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.
Yesterday, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with NBC's Andrea Mitchell about the importance we place on teachers.
Cut in the state's most recent budget have impacted funding for schools. Many in education say that's detrimental to the future of the state's economy. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Beverly Ingle, head of the Colorado Education Association.
The Town of Carbondale and the Roaring Fork School District are at odds over an educational nonprofit in the Third Street Center. KDNK's Conrad Wilson explains everyone involved is trying to avoid a lawsuit that may come anyway.
Today KDNK begins an ongoing series examining the relationship between this valley and the native cultures and tribes of the West. Starting off, we'll look at a scholarship that helps native students come to one of the Valley's most prestigious schools. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, it's one thing to get the scholarship, but fitting in is another matter.
The children of new immigrants are often the first ones in their family to have the opportunity to go to college. That comes with a lot of pressure - especially since many immigrants need to find scholarships to pay for tuition. At a panel at Roaring Fork High School students earlier this month hosted by longtime teacher Aaron Garland, a number of local high school students tackled the issue, and explained their experiences growing up as the children of immigrants. That piece was produced by KDNK's Mathew Katz.
On top of a unique curriculum focusing on high academic standards and outdoor activities, Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale boasts a 100 percent college acceptance rate. KDNK's Mathew Katz visited the private school to see how they get so many kids into college.
A landman is someone who works for energy companies to acquire mineral leases -- around Western Colorado, many visit or contact property owners to get the right to drill for natural gas under their land. Now, it's a profession that you can actually get a degree in at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. It's called the Landman/Energy Management program. Kristy Pollard is with the college, and spoke to KDNK's Mathew Katz about the new program.