Public transportation won’t solve Denver’s school choice woes, study finds

Providing all Denver middle and high school students with free public transportation is unlikely to result in equal access to the city’s best schools.

An RTD bus at the Broadway and I-25 park-and-ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) RTD; bus; transit; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty
An RTD bus at the Broadway and I-25 park-and-ride. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Melanie AsmarChalkbeat

Providing all Denver middle and high school students with free public transportation is unlikely to result in equal access to the city’s best schools, according to a new analysis from the Center on Reinventing Public Education in Washington state.




Threats, attacks and thrown chairs: DPS fields concerns about effort to reduce early childhood suspensions

A policy change that would dramatically curb suspensions and expulsions of preschool through third-grade students.

(Photo: John/Creative Commons)
(Photo: John/Creative Commons)

By Ann SchimkeChalkbeat

One 6-year-old Denver student told his pregnant teacher he was going to kick her to kill her unborn baby. A first-grader tried to stab her teacher in the eye with a sharpened pencil. Another young child threw a classmate against a brick wall and gave her a concussion.

Such jaw-dropping incidents — detailed in dozens of comments submitted to Denver Public Schools in recent months — illustrate the tightrope walk district officials face as they consider a policy change that would dramatically curb suspensions and expulsions of preschool through third-grade students.