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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Robert Johnston tagged Colorado

(Education Week)- A Denver judge has granted a motion to halt the Douglas County voucher pilot pending further court action, a ruling that could send hundreds of students back to district schools.In a 68-page ruling issued late Friday afternoon, District Court Judge Michael Martinez finds merit in six of eight legal challenges raised by attorneys representing a handful of Douglas County parents and groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.

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(Denver Post)-Anthony Lobato never expected his name to become known on the steps of the state Supreme Court, in legislative hallways, and among Denver business leaders and educators from all corners of the state. When Lobato signed on to a monumental legal battle over education in Colorado, he was just trying to get his kids the education they deserve. The difficulty of doing that in tiny Center hit home, Lobato said, when his daughter represented Center Consolidated High School in state history competitions. She went up against students who had arsenals of resources at their fingertips: coaches, technology, school support. "It opened our eyes to what's out there for some kids and what poorer schools just don't have," he said.

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(Education Week)- A task force convened to assess whether zero-tolerance school disciplinary policies should be revamped heard overwhelming testimony Wednesday that the practices hinder graduation rates, particularly among minorities.

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(Chieftain)- A task force convened to assess whether zero-tolerance school disciplinary policies should be revamped heard overwhelming testimony Wednesday that the practices hinder graduation rates, particularly among minorities.

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(Daily Camera)- Students at Justice High quizzed Democratic Rep. Jared Polis about global warming, Medicaid and the Dream Act on Thursday before hearing his proposal of a bill to increase training for teachers.The measure would spend $500 million on teacher training and research on professional development programs that result in student improvement. Polis, of Boulder, last year proposed a similar measure, which didn't make it to a vote by the full House. He said research shows that teachers spend, on average, just 14 to 16 hours a year on professional development.

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(Northern Colorado Business Report) - Colorado will receive $6 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Thursday.

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