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

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

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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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An Open Conversation about Merits and Flaws of Neighborhood Schools

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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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Metro Denver School Districts Ranked by Progress on Achievement Gaps

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

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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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Mitchell Montessori Was a Beacon of Integration, Achievement for DPS

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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

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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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Segregation of Latino Students Within Denver Schools an Ongoing Concern

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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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'Standing in the Gap' Screening Shows Re-Segregation in Denver Schools

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Latino students in Denver Public Schools are arguably more segregated today in predominantly Latino schools than black students were before federally mandated busing. A new Rocky Mountain PBS documentary series explores the issues.

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Recruiting, Retaining Minority Teachers Problematic for State School Districts

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Educators and academics say that having a teaching staff that mirrors the student body’s racial composition makes a substantial, positive difference for kids and schools alike. In DPS and other large districts, that's proving easier said than done.

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