Lyft teams with Denver’s Guild Education to offer discounts on college, education to drivers

Ridesharing service Lyft added a new perk for drivers on Monday: A discount on college. Through Denver-based Guild Education, Lyft drivers can get tuition discounts of 5 percent to 20 percent at more than 80 universities, including University of Denver and online learning site edX, which was founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012. Courses through Guild also are discounted about 25 percent to 35 percent below the national average, the

CU Boulder once again letting people pay off parking tickets with food donations

The University of Colorado is bringing back its Food For Fines program for the holidays, which allows people to pay off their parking tickets by donating food items. Related ArticlesDecember 8, 2017 Colorado researchers examine effects of dabbing marijuana on driving ability December 7, 2017 CU Buffaloes volleyball enters Sweet 16 with CSU, DU and entire state of Colorado in its corner December 7, 2017 Here are the three women

Impact on Education helps Boulder Valley students build websites, bikes, futures

Classes may be over for the day at Columbine Elementary School in Boulder, but the learning has hardly stopped. SEASON TO SHARE Make a donation to Season To Share, and your contribution is matched at 50 percent by our partners at DaVita. Season to Share funds will be granted to more than 45 metro Denver nonprofit organizations that provide life-changing programs for low-income children, families and individuals in our community.

Scammers used Colorado prison inmates’ IDs to get $582,000 in federal student loans

A Phoenix man who used the birth dates and Social Security numbers of prison inmates in Colorado and other states to get $582,000 in federal student loans has been convicted of fraud. A jury in Denver U.S. District Court jury on Nov. 30 found Tramel Thomas guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and six counts of aiding and abetting mail fraud. Thomas faces up to 20

Count the ways: How GOP tax plans would reward rich families

WASHINGTON — Life may be about to get easier for people with rich parents. They can thank the Republicans’ tax plans. Part of their prep school tuition could be shielded from taxes. A larger chunk of their inheritances would be free of estate tax. Family-owned businesses they have a stake in could be taxed at a discount. Stock portfolios gifted to them by their parents may keep climbing because of

Evergreen students solve real-world problems through World Affairs Challenge

Large maps lie strewn across an oval, wooden table big enough to seat the 16 eighth-graders clamoring around it. As they discuss global issues — conflict, hunger, economics — the students tape small paper squares to the maps. Each square is stamped with symbols representing region-specific resources, such as a building with a dollar sign to denote economic institutions. The students are in the preliminary stages of the World Affairs

Dougco kills school vouchers, but the movement lives on, proponents say

The Douglas County School Board threw a knockout punch at school vouchers locally but fell short of staggering the movement nationwide, voucher supporters said Tuesday. Voucher backer and Colorado State Board of Education member Pam Mazanec knew the nationally known Douglas County program was living on borrowed time when a slate of four anti-voucher candidates won election last month to the school board, creating a seven-member board fully hostile to

Douglas County school board ends controversial voucher program

CASTLE ROCK — The Douglas County School Board voted Monday to end a controversial private-school voucher program and directed the school district to end a long-running legal battle that reached the nation’s highest court. The board voted 6-0 at a standing-room-only meeting to end the program, which was put on a hold in 2011 by a Denver District Court judge before families could use it. The program was a prime

Colorado Springs’ Blue Star Recyclers receives grant for nationwide expansion

By Mary Murphy, The Gazette A $50,000 grant from Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation will help the nonprofit Blue Star Recyclers, which employs disabled adults to recycle electronics that would otherwise end up in landfills, expand nationwide. Colorado Springs-based Blue Star, which also has locations in Boulder and Denver, hopes to start with two new cities next year, pondering locations in Austin, Texas; Richmond, Va.; Salt Lake City, and Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.

Search for solutions intensifies at schools, statehouse after another Colorado child commits suicide

As the tragic circumstances of a Colorado fifth-grader’s suicide draws widespread attention, two state lawmakers said Friday they plan to introduce legislation next year aimed at helping schools try to prevent such cases. “I want to have a conversation that 10-year-olds die by suicide,” state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet told Chalkbeat. “And we need to be doing more to help them.” Related ArticlesNovember 30, 2017 Death of 10-year-old Aurora girl

School district agrees to sell land for low-income homes in southeast Colorado Springs

By Debbie Kelly, The Gazette If all goes as longtime Colorado Springs insurance agent Don Bates and his family envision, vacant land in a blighted area of southeast Colorado Springs could be developed into 250 single-family homes for low-income residents. “It’ll be a community where people who are excluded from the market now will be able to qualify and have their own brand new home,” Bates told the board of

U.S. charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

MILWAUKEE — Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds — an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools. National enrollment data shows that charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1,000 of the nation’s 6,747 charter schools had

Colorado touts small and big solutions to roll back state’s teacher shortage

Starting teacher-cadet programs at local schools, forgiving student loans and offering livable wages in rural areas are all ideas being touted by a state education task force aimed at getting more teachers into Colorado’s far-flung classrooms. The recommendations, assembled at the request of the legislature, also proposes a marketing campaign and scholarships to attract teachers to rural areas where there are severe shortages of instructors in science and special education.

Americans for Prosperity, after Dougco school board losses, spending big bucks ahead of crucial voucher vote

Americans for Prosperity is launching a digital and social media campaign to warn parents of a special Douglas County School Board meeting Monday called to end support for the district’s controversial school voucher program. The conservative group, backed by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, says it will begin a “five-figure accountability push” in Douglas County supporting the voucher program. “AFP will be doing digital and social media advertising to

14-year-old arrested for bomb threats against Longmont high school

Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-CallMembers of the Boulder County Bomb Squad prepare to search Silver Creek High School in Longmont on Wednesday following a bomb threat. No explosives were found. Longmont police arrested a 14-year-old boy Thursday who they believe falsely reported bomb threats requiring police response three separate times at Silver Creek High School, including this week. Cmdr. Chris Schmad said police evacuated and searched a wing at the school after

Teen pregnancy and abortion rates see big drops, which Colorado officials attribute to IUD program

The steep drop in teen pregnancies and abortions in Colorado since 2009 is mainly due to one thing: free, low-cost access to IUDs. Intrauterine devices — tiny, T-shaped pieces of plastic placed in the uterus — are the main reason Colorado’s teen birth rate fell 54 percent and the teen abortion rate declined 64 percent in the last eight years, state health officials said Thursday. The astounding numbers, capturing the

Death of 10-year-old Aurora girl being investigated as a suicide, parents say she was bullied

The death of a 10-year-old Aurora elementary school student is being investigated as a suicide. Ashawnty Davis died Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, said Lt. Chris Amsler, a police spokesman. Police received a 911 call at about 10 p.m. Nov. 16 from a home in the 19700 block of East Oxford Drive on a report of the child who was not breathing, Amsler said. The child, Davis, was taken to

Dougco seats new school board, future of divisive school voucher program still uncertain

Four new Douglas County School Board directors were sworn in Tuesday night, effectively ending an era of controversial decisions and policies including a divisive school voucher program. Newly appointed board President David Ray  — a former district principal  — struck a conciliatory tone Tuesday night, saying the new seven-member board needs to work with teachers and parents to solve funding woes in the district. “My hope is that we can

Colorado school board member convicted of murder declining seat

LA JUNTA — A southeast Colorado man elected to a school board despite spending more than a decade in prison for murder says he won’t accept the post because his family has received threats. Related ArticlesNovember 22, 2017 Colorado’s first-of-its-kind election audit is complete, with all participating counties passing November 22, 2017 Trump says man who helped convict Klan members in race bombing case is “soft on crime” November 19,