School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting

The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Women’s March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute walkout on March 14 to “protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in

CU Boulder grapples with plummeting support of higher education among conservatives

Jeremy Papasso, Daily CameraUniversity of Colorado law students and CU Black Law Students Association members April Connally, left, Aisha May, Ariel Amaru, Arethra Frazier and Bria May silently protested as Wall Street Journal Columnist and Fox News Contributor Jason Riley spoke inside the Wolf Law Building on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder on Wednesday. The University of Colorado leadership is grappling with how to address a nationwide nosedive

Brighton police investigate allegations that teacher behaved in sexually inappropriate manner

Brighton Police are investigating allegations than an Overland Trail Middle School teacher behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner with students at the school. The teacher and another staff member have been placed on administrative leave by School District 27J while police investigate the allegations against the teacher and whether the other staff member met their legal duties as a mandated reporter of a crime, police said in a press release

More Colorado adults are getting degrees or certificates beyond high school, new report says

The number of adults getting degrees or certificates beyond their high school diploma increased this year, while Coloradans of color also showed educational gains, according to state figures released Thursday. In all, the statewide attainment rate increased from 55 percent in 2017 to 56.2 percent in 2018, measured by the number of adults ages 25-34 with a credential beyond a high school diploma, according to the Colorado Department of Higher

Lafayette teacher cited, accused of assaulting student for failing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Provided by Lafayette Police DepartmentKaren Smith The Angevine Middle School physical education teacher placed on administrative leave earlier this month on suspicion that she assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has been cited for child abuse and assault, Lafayette police confirmed on Tuesday. Karen Smith, a 20-year veteran of Boulder Valley School District, has been on paid leave since the incident. Multiple attempts to

Jane Goodall to lead new CU Boulder online course on compassionate leaders

David R. Jennings, Daily CameraJane Goodall kisses one of 10 spring snow crabapple trees she helped plant with students in the Gombe Grove at Horizons K-8 School in Boulder during a visit on Oct. 1, 2015. Jane Goodall, known worldwide for her research on the relationship between chimpanzees and humans, will lead a new massive, open online course for the University of Colorado about developing compassionate leaders. The noted scientist

Douglas County Schools must pay the private education costs of student who has autism, judge rules

A federal judge on Monday ruled that the Douglas County School District did not provide an adequate education to a student who has autism and must reimburse his family for the cost of sending him to a private school for students with disabilities. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock represents the latest, and possibly final, chapter in a long-running legal battle between the family of a student known

Colorado House OKs proposal to allow community colleges to offer four-year nursing degrees

A homegrown proposal that would allow Colorado’s community colleges to give students who earn an associate’s degree in nursing the chance to obtain an advanced bachelor’s degree left the House floor Monday with “an enormous amount of momentum,” said Rep. Paul Lundeen, a Republican from Monument who represents portions of El Paso County, where the proposal initiated. On Monday’s third reading, House Bill 1086 passed with 55 votes in favor

From gun-smithing to wind energy and nursing, Colorado’s rural colleges offer low-cost classes and bring competition to CU

From the college president in Sterling who visits dorms rooms to find out why a student bombed on a midterm exam to a packed classroom in Trinidad that teaches the finer points of gun-smithing, education on Colorado’s two-year rural college campuses is done a little differently. Compared to the much larger and more prestigious four-year schools on Colorado’s Front Range, tuition is meager and instruction almost always one-on-one among the

CNN’s Anderson Cooper to speak at CU Boulder in March

Anderson Cooper, award-winning journalist with his own CNN show, is scheduled to speak at the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus in March. “Anderson Cooper is a highly distinguished speaker and journalist, who has captured international audiences with his astute and nuanced reporting,” said CU student Jessica Yan, chair of the hosting organization, Distinguished Speakers Board. “His insight in current affairs will challenge us to think critically about the media we

Teenagers keep running for governor in Kansas. Adults are trying to stop them.

In a state where the youth voting rate is even worse than the dismal national average, more than half a dozen Kansas teens are running for statewide office in 2018 – a sort of viral movement against apathy that could, in theory, make a high school student governor. Naturally, adults are trying to stop it. A state legislative committee moved a bill forward this week that would bar people under

California science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Northern California school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science fair, where it drew outrage from some students, parents and staff. The project by a Sacramento high school student enrolled in an elite magnet program, titled “Race and IQ,” questioned whether certain races lack the intelligence for the program’s academically challenging coursework. The

New Hampshire professor replaced after insisting Australia isn’t a country

MANCHESTER, N.H. — An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn’t a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor. Buzzfeed News reports that the 27-year-old student in Idaho was assigned to compare American social norms to that of another country. She chose to study social media use in Australia, but the professor gave her a zero on that

Japan public grade school under fire over Armani uniform

TOKYO — A Tokyo public school has adopted Giorgio Armani uniforms for students, triggering criticism in a country where hefty school fees are already burdening young parents. Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza shopping district has announced plans to introduce the new uniform option, which costs more than 80,000 yen ($730) for a full set. A minimum set — a navy-blue jacket and matching trousers or skirt, a long-sleeve

CSU hosts first northern Colorado human trafficking symposium

Fighting the state’s sex trade industry will be the focus of northern Colorado’s first-ever Human Trafficking Symposium at Colorado State University on Feb. 22. The day-long event will cover the many facets of human trafficking to help northern Colorado professionals, community members, faculty, staff and students learn more and receive training to combat it, organizers say. “It’s our obligation to expose these crimes and make effective plans to eradicate them,

South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity

By James Nord, The Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the same way some states limit the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom. The state would be the first in the nation to block instruction on gender identity or gender expression, said Nathan Smith,

Eagle Crest High School band teacher faces charges in student sex assaults

Provided by Jefferson County Sheriff's OfficeGeoffrey Adam Banninger A part-time Eagle Crest High School band instructor has been arrested in Jefferson County on suspicion of sexual assault by someone in a position of trust involving a teen-age student, authorities say. Geoffrey Adam Banninger, 23, also was arrested Wednesday for investigation of a pattern of child sexual assault involving a 16-year-old Eagle Crest girl, according to a news release by Mark

171 Colorado superintendents back new funding model for schools

Colorado public school superintendents on Wednesday rolled out a new way to distribute school funding dollars, saying their formula is fairer and helps students a lot more than the current antiquated system. This is the first time school district bosses have come forward with their own school finance plan, said Charlotte Ciancio, superintendent for Mapleton Public Schools. The superintendents have been meeting for at least two years to develop their

School District 27J could be first metro-area district to move to four-day school week if controversial proposal moves forward

In a last-ditch attempt to stretch a fraying budget, School District 27J could become the first metro-area district to move to a four-day school week. The controversial proposal is fundamental in scope but deeply personal in consequence to local families. It was standing-room only at School District 27J’s training facility in downtown Brighton on Jan. 31. Vehicles filled the parking lot and lined the street, and families filled the chairs

Seen any unusual messages on Denver billboards? Those words of hope are the work of local youths

Some unusual advertisements are flying high on billboards around Denver this month, and upon a closer look, they’re selling more than just the typical product — they’re selling hope. Messages of unity and courage stand tall on Denver streets. And they share the voices of local youths. “It really started back when students walked out of East High School to participate in the Ferguson protest,” said Rowena Alegria, senior adviser for