Education

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Colorado Division of Insurance

The Delta County School District recently received $75,000 from the state to create a work training program. 

The grant comes from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

"Our hope is with that money we’ll [be able] to set up some tracks so that kids as they come out of high school potentially have their CNA and are able to pursue other types of health care fields," Kurt Clay, the assistant superintendent for the school district, says.  

Clay says the funds will be put towards scholarships for juniors and seniors seeking careers in the medical field. 

Marlon Frausto is in pursuit of the new American dream. Just a few weeks ago, he left his job, in Hispanic marketing for the legal industry, and moved to San Francisco.

Every day he wakes at 5:30 a.m., commutes 45 minutes by train, and studies until 9 or 10 at night. He's spending down his savings and says he's getting help from "my loving family."

Paonia Elementary, Public Meeting, Waldorf School
Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has denied a North Fork Valley group its request for charter school recognition. 

The Valley Charter Initiative is a group of parents and educators trying to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

On Wednesday the five-member school board unanimously denied the initiative's request. 

Kurt Clay, the assistant superintendent for the school district, says the board cited seven reasons for rejecting the charter.

Paonia Elementary, Public Meeting, Waldorf School
Laura Palmisano

More than 50 people attended a public meeting at Paonia Elementary on Friday night. 


This story was reported for the radio by Eric Westervelt and for online by Anya Kamenetz.

"We, the Committee of Public Safety, find Jean Valjean guilty. The sentence is death by guillotine!"

Molly McPherson, a redhead with glasses, is dressed in a blue bathrobe — in costume as Robespierre. Her seventh-graders are re-enacting the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, with a little assist from Les Miserables.

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Nov 26, 2014

Politicians from Jeb Bush to President Obama like to hype the revolutionary power and cost-effectiveness of digital learning, but a new study suggests, in many cases, it is neither more powerful nor cheaper than old-fashioned teaching.

kids, art, field trip, Blue Sage
Laura Palmisano

Teaching art to kids in a rural setting can be a challenge. Most small towns don't have art museums like big cities. And, it’s not easy to pile them on a bus and drive to Denver for a cultural experience. However, there’s a center on the Western Slope trying to make it easier for students to access art. 

"We are going to look at some of these paintings and we are going to start developing characters, but we are going to do it by talking about what we see," Sharon Bailey says. "Let’s look at this painting here. Raise your hand and tell me what you see.” 

Part 1 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

The Common Core State Standards are changing what many kids read in school. They're standards, sure — not curriculum. Teachers and districts still have great latitude when it comes to the "how" of reading instruction, but...

The Core standards explicitly require students to read "complex" material, and the fact is, many kids simply weren't doing that before the Core. What were they doing?

Higher education, preschool funding, the Common Core and the future of No Child Left Behind are just a few of the education policies that will be in play under the new Republican-controlled Congress. How will these things change? We called Sen. Lamar Alexander to ask.

Towns across the Western Slope had a myriad of different ballot measures, and a few had some asking to issue bonds. 

The Montrose School District is sending a message to the state about mandatory testing, but it looks like it will be a largely symbolic move. 

The school board passed a resolution requesting a five year waiver from state mandatory testing.  The two tests they're concerned about are the CMAST (Colorado Measure of Academic Standards) and the PARK.

Scores from Colorado’s new social studies and science tests for K-12 students show mixed results.

The exams have five rankings.

For science, 34 percent of Colorado’s fifth graders and 32 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest range.

However, statewide 32 percent of fourth graders and 45 percent of seventh graders scored in the lowest range on the social studies test.

The exams were taken by students last school year.

For years,Washington Monthly has been rating and ranking the nation's colleges.

But for its 2014 edition, the magazine has done something new. It has put out a list of what it says are the nation's worst colleges. That is, schools with high tuition, low graduation rates and high student debt rates.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On Sunday, October 5th, Aspen High School hosted just under three thousand students and parents from Lake City, Durango, and other far flung Colorado towns. They quizzed University representatives and took workshops as part of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair. It’s been around for years, but this time, the focus was on helping students with the details, like essay writing and affordability.

Hundreds of Colorado high school students have walked out of class in the past two weeks to protest proposed changes to the Advanced Placement history curriculum.

The firestorm of protest was sparked by a resolution in August from Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams. When she heard that conservatives across the country were upset about the new AP history curriculum, she proposed a committee to review the district's courses.

A growing education program in the Valley is teaching preschoolers how their brain works so they can focus on learning. The “Focused Kids” program is being taught to low income, mostly Latino kids, in a unique preschool. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, this new program is happening inside a school bus.

A report released Monday looks at the financial health of Colorado’s 178 school districts over a three-year period.

The state audit judged financial health by looking at five financial indicators, like a district’s ability to cover future expenses and pay debt.

Gardening, farming
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program in Colorado's Delta County is helping immigrant women learn English, but they're not just sitting in a classroom studying grammar.

These women come from countries as close as Mexico and as far away as Myanmar (also known as Burma). And they're learning English on a farm where they also pick up tips on healthy eating and gardening on the Western Slope.

A Trip to the Farm

Headlines:

  • Silt Officials Apprehensive about Town's New Pot-Friendly Image
  • State of Colorado May Be Willing to work on Western Slope Economy
  • Roaring Fork Valley Students to use Cloud-Based Technologies
  • Profile on Meg Olenick, a Carbondale-Based Winter Athlete
  • Ridgway State Park to Parcitipate in New Years Day Hiking Event
  • Boulder Researchers Working on "Smart-Plow" Technology

Headlines:

  • Hallmark Channel TV Series Won’t Be Filmed in Telluride After All
  • Doug Lamborn Aims to Lift Regulations on Coal Mining Near Streams
  • iSeeChange Report – Drought and the Future of Western Forests
  • Supporters of School Funding Increase Gather Double the Required Signatures for November Vote
  • Delta County Conservation Budget Looks Good in Audit
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A roughly billion-dollar tax increase is likely to go before voters this fall. It’s part of a larger package of education reform that state lawmakers passed last session.

Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) is helping to spearhead the latest initiative. He also took the lead two years ago on an unsuccessful education tax increase to raise several billion dollars for K through 12 schools and higher education.

Headlines:

  • State Supreme Court Rules for State in Lobato Lawsuit
  • Western Slope Mines must Clean-Up
  • Oxbow Mine Still Dealing with Spontaneous Combustion
  • San Diego Meeting To Focus on Colorado River Shortages
  • Plans for a Waste-to-Energy Facility in Ilium Valley
  • Colorado Moose Increasing as Herds Decline Elsewhere

Headlines:

  • Prescribed burn on the Uncompahgre Plateau today and tomorrow
  • First legal hemp crop in Colorado planted
  • Innovative program in Carbondale helps immigrants join the melting pot
  • Anti-gas development film is free tonight at the Paradise
  • Tours of the valley from on high
  • What $50,000 can do for Thompson Divide

Headlines:

  • Legislative roundup
  • Greeley Town Council okays 16 gas wells despite opposition from citizens
  • Colorado third-graders score poorly on reading tests
  • Bears wake up, wander into Telluride
  • DMEA candidate frum Wed May 15

Headlines:

  • Chicken Farm Redux: Delta County Commissioners hear more evidence in Western Slope Layers case
  • Uranium mines get license from state
  • Chesnik pleads guilty to $400,000 theft from Town of Paonia
  • Crawford resident Craig Childs wins Orion Book Award
  • Cockers choose Teacher of the Year in North Fork

Headlines:

  • Pinon Ridge approved by state; first new uranium mill in the U.S. in more than three decades
  • Authorities tie Grand Junction drug ring to Mexico kingpin
  • Court upholds firing of medical marijuana patient for off-the-job use
  • CU President won’t honor student wishes to divest fossil fuels companies
  • Western Slope Skies: Viewing Saturn will be a treat in the next few weeks

Headlines:

  • Most Colorado Gun Deaths Are Suicides
  • Ammo Buyers Talk About Stockpiling
  • Capitol Conversation: Education Funding Lawsuit Goes To State Supreme Court
  • Cherry Creek Mortgage Challenges Fed Health Insurance Mandate Over Religious Beliefs
  • iSeeChange on the Pollen Season: Longer and More Intense

Headlines:

  • Gates Grant To Aid Colorado Students
  • Study Suggests Toxic Emissions From Drilling
  • Small Business Saturday This Weekend In Montrose
  • Mesa County Transit To Add More CNG Buses
  • Turkey Talk

A new survey shows that politicians in both parties may be missing the mark when it comes to courting the state’s crucial Hispanic voting bloc – which grew by 41 percent over the last decade. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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