No More Blackouts: How New York Is Protecting The Power Grid

Last Updated by Catherine Roberts on

With power outages on the rise, and more extreme weather events, the U.S. electrical grid is showing its age and vulnerability. New York state is pushing to upgrade its grid and one project is a statewide competition to develop community microgrids.

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An Open Conversation about Merits and Flaws of Neighborhood Schools

Last Updated by Alan Gottlieb on

Most everyone is ready to extol the virtues of neighborhood schools. But, what if, in a city like Denver where many neighborhoods are largely segregated, the school down the block is a detriment to poor children of color?

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Our Food Processed Future: The Rising Energy Costs Of Convenience

Last Updated by Leigh Paterson on

To learn how energy inputs into homemade and processed foods stack up, I baked a Mile High Apple pie with Chef Kathy Guler.

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Making Energy From Waste: The Other Natural Gas

Last Updated by Dan Boyce on

It takes a lot of energy to produce the food we eat, but technologies are improving to give some of that energy back to us after we’re finished with it.

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Special School in a Tough Part of Town Demonstrates How to Get Job Done

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard on

At Centennial Elementary School, which serves a tough neighborhood in Colorado Springs, low proficiency rates in reading, writing and arithmetic and wide achievement gaps between races are relics of the past.

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CEC Early College is Longtime Denver Center for Career, Tech Education

Last Updated by Alan Gottlieb on

The career and technical high school in Denver Public Schools has a long track record of sending its students to decently paying jobs, and many of them are armed with an associate's college degree when they go.

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Metro Denver School Districts Ranked by Progress on Achievement Gaps

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard on

There is broad awareness and resolve among metro Denver school districts about reducing achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Progress in actually doing so is uneven, a new RMBPS News analysis shows.

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School Districts Ranked by Their Work in Reducing Academic Progress Gaps

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A Rocky Mountain PBS News analysis of a decade’s worth of educational benchmarks in the state’s 20 largest school districts shows most made at least some progress in reducing achievement gaps between white students and students of color.

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Drive to Level Academic Inequities in Biggest Districts Is Work in Progress

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard on

An analysis of Colorado's largest 20 schools districts shows that progress has been made during the past decade in reducing the achievement gaps between white students and students of color, but that striking disparities remain.

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Feasting On Fuel: A Video Explainer

Last Updated by Dan Boyce on

This Thanksgiving our holiday feast will contain 4500 calories. Those calories are just a measure of energy, and that food was produced using fossil fuels. In this video, Inside Energy’s Dan Boyce explains how fossil fuels are, in fact, your food.

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Lake Mead Drops 12 Feet per Year as ‘Structural Deficit’ Strengthens Grip

Last Updated by Jim Trotter on

As drought continues in the Colorado River basin, the math is simple, according to a new report from the Colorado River Research Group. Lake Mead receives 9-million acre feet of water annually, but it loses 10.2 million. Something has to give.

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Mitchell Montessori Was a Beacon of Integration, Achievement for DPS

Last Updated by Alan Gottlieb on

After opening it's doors in 1986, when court mandated busing was still in effect in Denver Public Schools, Mitchell Montessori School became a bright shining success for integration and achievement. To some, its closure still rankles.

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DPS Gifted and Talented Program ‘Highly Skewed’ Toward Whites

Last Updated by Alan Gottlieb on

Denver Public Schools has the highest percentage of students of all races classified as gifted and talented among the 20 largest school districts in the state, a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis has found, but the numbers tilt toward white students.

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Standing in the Gap Resources

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Twenty years after the end of federal court mandated busing, Denver Public Schools are re-segregated, according to "Standing in the Gap," a new four-part documentary series by Rocky Mountain PBS. Browse data and access resources.

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Segregation of Latino Students Within Denver Schools an Ongoing Concern

Last Updated by Alan Gottlieb on

Latino students in Denver Public Schools are arguably more segregated in predominantly Latino schools today than black students were in black schools during the era prior to court ordered busing.

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