Education

Today, I thought you might like to hear how any young person can get started on a career path to astronomy.

An in-depth look at the issues explored in a blog titled “What It’s Like to be a Student with a Brain in the Delta County School District." The blog, written by Grand Junction resident Ann Landman of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, chronicles Cidney Fisk’s senior year at Delta High School, where Cidney says she was punished for speaking out about what she felt were violations of Separation of Church and State at the school and their decision to spend money on a new gym floor...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Dec 23, 2015

Montrose authorities asking for help finding missing man Connect for Health extends enrollment deadline to Dec. 26th New scholarships available to Montrose residents Sen. Donovan on Colorado’s upcoming legislative session

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Dec 14, 2015

SMPA transformer used for target practice More tests now available for high school equivalency Lake City pays another $15K to finish Armory renovation Oil and gas health reporting hotline now available for the state Palisade Pharmacy settles with feds over drug handling

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Colorado has room to improve according to a recent report that ranks states based on policies that promote early childhood literacy. The report looks at seven policy areas tied to early childhood education. Then it ranks states in three categories: crawling, toddling and walking.

Close to 60,000 jobs are set to open up in agriculture, food and natural resource sectors each year for the next five years, according to a report from Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The American agriculture industry has a problem though; there are not enough grads to fill those jobs. The report projects about two open jobs for every qualified graduate. That’s left the USDA, land grant universities and private industry scrambling to try and bridge the gap.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Dec 3, 2015

Delta announces city manager hire BLM gates road closed to OHV travel near Lake City Report finds Colorado ‘toddling’ towards early childhood literacy There are jobs in ag, there’s just not enough new grads to fill ‘em

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Oct 26, 2015

San Miguel County mulls looser restrictions on marijuana operations Teen birthrate drops by half in Colorado Delta County coalition awarded grant to connect kids to outdoors Space is running out for the salt pump in Paradox Valley

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Saw Peter is Karen. That’s an ethnic group in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. And for more than 100 Karen refugees in rural Delta, Colo., he’s the go-to person for advice, translation and other essential information. Like the other refugees in this community, life hasn’t been easy for Peter. As a young man, he smuggled his family to Malaysia because the government in Myanmar seized their farm and threatened to kill them.

Small town doesn't quite describe Bethune, Colo. It spans just 0.2 square miles and has a population of 237. There's a post office, but it's open only part time. There's not a single restaurant, and the closest big store is in Kansas. That didn't stop Ailyn Marfil from moving to Bethune a couple of months ago. In fact, she thinks it's a pretty exciting place to live. "I was looking for speed and action, and so Bethune gave me speed and action. More than I expected," she says. That's speed and...

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

Sep 28, 2015

Missing boy from Crawford returns home Livestock disease still widespread, but new infections might be slowing down Signatures hold up connecting Norwood to high-speed internet Program looks to teach residents about local food Governor Hickenlooper looks to change TABOR Roadwork continues for Western Slope

Program Helps Families Eat Healthy, Locally

Sep 25, 2015

Montrose County in western Colorado is an agricultural community. Everything from apples to zucchini is grown there. However, not everyone knows what’s in season, how they can access it or how to prepare it. The Local Farmacy Rx program is trying to change that. Through it low-income families learn how to eat healthy locally.

Local Motion: Learning English As A Second Language

Sep 24, 2015
karen refugees, esl class
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week on Local Motion , we explore learning English as a second language. First, we'll hear from University of Colorado, Boulder linguist Maria Thomas-Ruzic. She's worked in the ESL field for over 40 years. Thomas-Ruzic explains why English is a basic need for immigrants in the United States and the challenges adult learners face.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Sep 3, 2015

City of Montrose fronts almost a million dollars for new dispatch center GED program in Norwood starts this month State audit finds gambling funds were mismanaged Refugees from Southeast Asia living in rural Colorado tackle the language barrier

karen refugees, esl class
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

As anyone who's ever taken a foreign language class knows, it’s hard to learn another language. For immigrants to this country, that challenge can affect their whole lives. According to census data, in 2013, there were more than 25 million people in the United States with limited English proficiency. And, in Colorado's rural Delta County, a group of refugees from Southeast Asia is trying to overcome this barrier.

The College Board has just released the latest curriculum framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and it appears to have satisfied many of the old framework's critics. The rewrite comes after anger over its 2014 framework sent the College Board, which administers the AP exam, back to the drawing board. It agreed to revise in an attempt to quell what had become a national controversy over how to teach issues like imperialism, slavery, racism and American identity. A...

Both houses of Congress have now passed versions of the bill that would update the largest federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, for the first time since 2001. They are big, meaty and complicated, and now they have to be reconciled into one messy Dagwood sandwich of a bill to go to the president. There's one slice in the pile that hasn't been widely discussed. The Senate version of the bill contains several amendments aimed at addressing one of the hottest issues in education:...

Paonia Elementary
Laura Palmisano

A Waldolf-inspired education program in Paonia is a step closer to reality. The proposed North Fork School of Integrated Studies has enough students signed up to move forward. Delta County Assistant Superintendent Kurt Clay says it will be a school within a school. "We are looking at trying to combine that within Paonia Elementary School as a different program or different option for students in the North Fork Valley," said Clay. Intent to enroll forms for the K-4 program were due earlier...

Getting a high school diploma is as good for health as quitting smoking. That's the finding from a study released Wednesday by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They found that if every adult high school dropout in the 2010 population had a GED or a regular diploma, 145,243 deaths could be averted. Similarly, 110,068 deaths could be avoided for that year if every adult who already had some college...

Millie Hamner
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Representative Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, was the vice chair of the Joint Budget Committee this past session and will chair the committee in 2016. KVNF's Laura Palmisano recently interviewed Hamner about the past session, the state budget, educating funding, severance taxes and the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, known as TABOR.

Htoo Ler Moo, Karen refugees
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Htoo Ler Moo was 7 years old when his family arrived in a refugee camp in Thailand. Before going to the camp, his family lived in a tiny village in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, where his parents worked in the fields. In their village, they didn’t have electricity or running water. Htoo Ler Moo says they were safe until the soldiers came.

A measure to eliminate immunity for public schools for school shootings, death, sexual assaults and other series injuries that happen to students on school grounds cleared the House Judiciary Committee Thursday. It passed on a vote of 10-3. Currently public schools are not liable. Legislative leaders in both parties are sponsoring the change, spurred in part by the 2013 death of Claire Davis. She attended Arapahoe High School in Littleton when a fellow student shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself.

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students. A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. It has bipartisan sponsorship from Democratic Rep. Jared S. Polis of Colorado and Republican Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana. Drafted with White House input, the bill joins a previous Senate proposal, plus much action on the state level , from...

Pregnancy Test
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A Colorado bill aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and keeping kids in school will be heard by the House Appropriations Committee Friday morning. HB1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose co-sponsored the legislation. Coram says the pilot program has been running for over a decade in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties. "It teaches abstinence, but that doesn't always work so we’re also...

Bill To Boost Renewable Energy In Colorado Schools

Feb 4, 2015
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A bill that seeks to give grants to schools for alternative energy projects will be taken up by a state Senate committee next week. A federally funded program that started in 2007 gave grants to public school for wind energy projects. In Colorado 16 schools took advantage of it. The money for that program has since dried up, but a bill introduced by Democratic State Senator Kerry Donovan of District 5 seeks to revive it at the local level. Donovan says her bill would broaden the program to...

In the education world, you see this phrase all the time: "free and reduced-price lunch." What's the percentage at a given school? In a given district or state? It's not necessarily out of concern about who's getting fed. Instead, it's most often used to talk about concentrations of poverty and how that affects learning. The phrase refers to students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program — an easily available data point for any school and any district. But is it...

It's morning meeting time. "When Dr. King was little, he learned a golden rule," sings a class of 4- and 5-year-olds with their teacher, Carolyn Barnhardt. John Eaton Elementary School, a public school in Washington, D.C., is unusual. It sits in one of the District's wealthiest neighborhoods, but the majority of students hail from different parts of the city, making it one of the most racially and economically diverse elementary schools in the nation's capital. Barnhardt, who has been a...

Disparity In Growth For Colorado Schools

Jan 16, 2015
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The Colorado Department of Education has released its statewide look at school enrollment. The state's preschool through 12th grade pupil count shows Colorado gained more than 12,000 students this school year. There are 889,006 public school student in the state, according to the data. Schools on the Front Range, like in years past, have the most pupils. On the Western Slope, the Mesa County Valley School District is the largest. It ranks 12th in the state. But, the Mesa County School...

The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff. It seems self-evident that parents, empowered by choice, will vote with their feet for academically stronger schools. As the argument goes, the overall effect should be to improve equity as well: Lower-income parents won't have to send their kids to an under-resourced and underperforming school just because it is the closest one to them geographically. But an...

Three public meetings to discuss the future of the Delta County School District were held in December. Hear what community members had to say about budget cuts, standardized testing, academic standards and charter schools in the ir district. Ali Lightfoot spoke to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about these issues as well as a student privacy law and proposed legislation to increase awareness and resources for dyslexic students.

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