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Black Infants in Colorado Die at a Rate Three Times that of White Infants

Last Updated by Katie Wilcox on

The infant mortality rate is one of the most closely observed indicators of the health of any community, or even of nations. It measures the number of infants who die before their first birthday for every 1,000 live births.

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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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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

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard on

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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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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