The Gazette of Colorado Springs published a remarkable investigative report Sunday that detailed how a secretive law enforcement branch of the U.S. Air Force – the Office of Special Investigations, or OSI – recruited cadets at the Air Force Academy to inform on misconduct among fellow cadets. The story, by Gazette reporter Dave Philipps, reads [...]
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Colorado school districts are spending more of their budgets on psychologist positions, but the service providers still struggle with large caseloads and a growing number of students with severe behavioral and learning problems. The state currently has the equivalent 791 full-time school psychologists. That number has inched up 4 percent in the last three academic [...]
One distinction that Colorado is happy to no longer have is the largest gap in the nation in college graduation rates between the state’s white and black residents. The percentage of black adults in the state with college degrees rose to 24 percent in 2012, up from 20 percent in 2010, according to new information [...]
Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected an income tax hike to pay for K-12 schools Tuesday, despite a campaign that spent more than $10 million to persuade voters. But voters did agree to levy hefty excise and sales taxes on legal marijuana – and up to $40 million of that money will go to pay for K-12 school construction [...]
Two more big names – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Melinda Gates – kicked in $1 million each to an effort to convince Coloradans to raise income taxes to support K-12 education. Bloomberg Philanthropies gave $1,050,000 on Oct. 16 and Gates gave $1 million on Oct. 17. The two largest contributors are two [...]
When the American Community Survey released its updated numbers last month Colorado’s largest minority groups learned that they had made some progress in the broad disparities in education between themselves and their white counterparts. Colorado no longer has the largest gaps in the nation in college graduation rates between black and white residents, and both [...]
By Sandra Fish I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS Teachers unions and several wealthy Coloradans are spending millions to convince voters to agree to almost $1 billion annually in higher income taxes devoted to public schools. But they face an uphill battle with an electorate that rarely agrees to increase taxes. And opponents of the measure [...]
The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey offered some good news to Colorado’s two largest minority groups in terms of educational attainment, as compared to the state’s white residents. The gains were relatively small, but progress is progress. Colorado no longer has the largest gaps in the nation in college graduation rates between black and [...]
Watch Vincent Harding Extended Interview on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Fifty years ago today, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his epochal “I Have a Dream” speech before the Lincoln Memorial and hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall. It was a clarion call to equality and [...]
Colorado alone among the 50 states allows individual counties to set income eligibility limits for subsidized child care assistance, one of the most significant components of the work support programs adopted by Congress “to end welfare as we know it” in 1996. Even so, the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, or CCAP, doesn’t reach about [...]
Education was the focus as the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum held one of its “Food for Thought” evenings Monday around a presentation from I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS. I-News opened the evening with a screening of the Losing Ground project video, which shows that Colorado’s minority residents are falling farther behind their white counterparts in [...]
In a 10-month investigation, the I-News Network and Education News Colorado found online K-12 schools get millions in state tax dollars while their students fall further behind. We filed public records requests for internal documents, analyzed previously unreleased state education data, and interviewed lawmakers, educators, experts, parents and students. What we found was big business [...]
Officials at the University of Colorado know about a pattern of alleged date-rape drug use at a fraternity in Boulder, but say the law prevents them from naming the fraternity to police. An investigation of sexual assault on college campuses found CU and others colleges across Colorado are withholding information about sexual assaults against students.