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NYC school reformer shares advice on grad rates

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One of the nation’s best-known school reformers is talking to businesses in Denver about boosting graduation rates. Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York is talking to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Tuesday about raising student achievement. Canada’s program in Harlem has been copied in other big cities and cited as… Continue Reading NYC school reformer shares advice on grad rates

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First lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier school lunches could be revived in Congress after two key Democrats said they will drop opposition to using funding from food stamps to pay for it. Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts have said they will support House passage of a $4.5 billion child… Continue Reading School nutrition bill could be revived in Congress

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Gov. Ritter kicks off college initiative

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Gov. Bill Ritter has launched a campaign to increase the number of people who complete their college degrees. Monday, Ritter announced the start of Complete College Colorado, aimed at increasing awareness of the programs and services available to help people complete their degrees or certificates. The campaign also focuses on the importance of post-secondary degrees… Continue Reading Gov. Ritter kicks off college initiative

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Full scholarships for wounded soldiers

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On Tuesday, Nov. 9, eight wounded Fort Carson soldiers and 10 spouses of wounded soldiers will receive full college scholarships at an awards dinner from 6-9 p.m. at the Briarhurst Manor Estate. The Wounded Warrior Scholarship program is offered through a partnership between Colorado Technical University and the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Each year 25 wounded… Continue Reading Full scholarships for wounded soldiers

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Ritter to discuss higher education plan

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Gov. Bill Ritter will address recommendations for preserving higher education in the face of declining revenues and increasing tuition. The plan will be submitted Thursday by the Higher Education Strategic Planning Steering Committee. The planning committee is warning that Colorado voters and taxpayers need to come up with more money for higher education or the… Continue Reading Ritter to discuss higher education plan

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The U.S. Department of Education’s director of community outreach is visiting Colorado. Alberto Retana will speak today at the Far Northeast Community Committee meeting at Rachel B. Noel Middle School in Denver. On Wednesday, Retana will attend a special Spanish-language screening of the documentary “Waiting for Superman.” More than 200 people from several Denver groups… Continue Reading Education officials visiting Colo. to see ‘Superman’

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Lazy students. Neglectful parents. School bureaucracies run amok. There’s plenty of blame to go around when you try to figure out why the nation’s education system is in such bad shape. But there’s no greater problem than teachers who’ve given up, or perhaps never cared in the first place. That is the central message of… Continue Reading Don’t wait, go now to see ‘Waiting for Superman’

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Doubling down on education worth risk

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“As far as I’m concerned, gambling’s proof that humans aren’t evolving,” Tim commented on the way home from Cripple Creek. “We know for a fact that the odds are stacked against us, but we still feed the machines.” I’d always had a sort of superior attitude toward the multitudes who head up Ute Pass to… Continue Reading Doubling down on education worth risk

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Harrison 1st grade teacher wins Milken award

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First-grade teacher Gina Oellig of Soaring Eagles Elementary School in Harrison School District 2 has been given the the Milken Educator Award. Each year, the Milken Foundation gives 55 of the national awards, which come with a prize of $25,000. There is no nomination and application process for the award. Instead, a state panel recommends teachers for the award. Oellig… Continue Reading Harrison 1st grade teacher wins Milken award

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College tuitions increasing as much as 21%

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Tuition at the state’s colleges and universities is likely to jump 21 percent to compensate for education cuts to the state budget. The state cut $50 million in funding from the University of Colorado’s budget in fiscal year 2008-09 and an additional $71 million the following year. Last week, the state’s colleges submitted financial accountability… Continue Reading College tuitions increasing as much as 21%

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