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Berrick AbramsonBerrick AbramsonDecember 22, 20175min849

Colorado’s recent elections have ushered in new school board members and, in some cases, new majorities. From Aurora and Douglas County this year to JeffCo before them, new boards are calling for new directions and priorities. These new leaders were, in part, elected because families felt ignored or that school boards were forging ahead in spite of — and not because of — their constituents’ concerns.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsFebruary 12, 20174min468

Editor: Well, they finally went and did it. The Jeffco School Board decided last month to fire Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee, much to the chagrin of what seems to be the majority of the citizens of Jefferson County. Mr. McMinimee has performed admirably during his tenure with Jeffco Schools and the Board has even bragged about the system improvements and some of the academic achievements. So why is he suddenly persona non grata?


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Associated PressAssociated PressAugust 21, 20165min296

When two students went on a deadly 1999 shooting rampage at Columbine High School, it not only shocked parents, students and teachers, it had a lasting impact on education. Copycat threats across the country have forced lockdowns and orders for teachers and students to shelter in place, and parents, teachers and students have spent a lot of time since learning how to respond to threats.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 10, 201621min414

Even after 23 years lobbying at the state Capitol, Jane Urschel says she learns something new all the time. “Every day is different,” she says. “There’s no continuity — you just go down there and find out what the surprise is for the day, then you deal with that.” Urschel is in charge of advocacy — not just lobbying, though that’s a big chunk of it — for the state’s school boards, serving as deputy executive director of the Colorado Association of School Boards, known as CASB.