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Douglas County awards school district $6.8 million for security

More than $6.8 million is on its way to the Douglas County School District to bolster student safety, while STEM School Highlands Ranch — the site of a fatal shooting last year — is set to … more

Governor touts preschool expansion during Littleton visit

Gov. Jared Polis and two state lawmakers visited Littleton's Village Preschool on Jan. 17, touting the benefits of a proposed preschool expansion on the heels of a full-day kindergarten program … more

Charter school closer to leaving Douglas County School District

A charter school seeking to leave the Douglas County School District in part to implement an armed-staff program will soon be under the state's oversight if contract negotiations now underway go to … more

STEM victims claim injury, wrongful death against school and district

Victims of the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting, including the parents of slain senior Kendrick Castillo, have begun the process of suing the school and the Douglas County School District for … more

Family files discrimination complaint against Douglas County School District

A Highlands Ranch family has confirmed it filed a discrimination complaint against the Douglas County School District with the Colorado Division of Civil Rights over the district's medical marijuana … more

Charter group claims Littleton Public Schools unfairly withholds funds

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is seeking to revoke Littleton Public Schools' exclusive authority over its two charter schools, alleging LPS has failed to equitably distribute funds between … more

With suicidal ideation high in Jeffco, groups launch community trainings

Before attending a community QPR Training (Question, Persuade, Refer Training), former educator Cecelia Lange would never have considered directly asking if an individual was feeling suicidal, she … more

Douglas County School District's medical marijuana policy spurs impassioned pleas

For more than a year, Ben Wann and his family have urged the Douglas County School District to change its medical marijuana policy in two ways: allow him to keep his medical marijuana at school and … more

Educating beyond academics: Schools seek right approach in social and emotional learning

Eighth-grader Kendall Meibos stepped shyly onto the stage at the Pepsi Center in Denver and peered over a lectern at the crowd around him. Filling stands typically reserved for Denver Nuggets or … more

School board candidates differ on arming of teachers, staff

As the Nov. 5 election draws near, three candidates running in the Douglas County School Board election have taken a strong stance against the prospect of arming teachers and staff in local schools, … more

Olde Town shops transform into student art show

Last weekend the businesses of Olde Town became a widespread, eclectic art gallery as 18 stores displayed student artwork for the Olde Town Arvada Student Art Show. The contest was an effort by the … more

So far, more than $70,000 donated to campaigns for Douglas County School Board

Although candidates are distancing themselves from the term “slate" — which has been a popular approach to running for school board in recent elections — three candidates for the Douglas County … more

Local conference to give ‘grandparenting’ tips for the 21st century

After nearly 200 grandparents attended Arvada’s first grand-parenting conference in 2018, Arvada resident Pat Whiteley and her co-planners will bring back the conference for its second year on … more

Douglas County School District seeks ouster of charter school that has armed staff

A Douglas County charter school that allows staff to carry firearms on campus has been asked to leave the Douglas County School District and is negotiating an agreement to transfer its charter to the … more

Gov. Polis visits Westminster kindergarten

Governor Jared Polis (D) visited Westminster's Cotton Creek Elementary Aug. 14 to mark the beginning of school and the start of the schools full-day kindergarten program. Polis toured the school … more

Reporter Stories: First Day of School at STEM, last day for our reporter

We talk with our Douglas County School District reporter Alex DeWind on her last day about covering the first day of school at Highlands Ranch's STEM School. more

A warm welcome back to STEM School

Students and staff of STEM School Highlands Ranch were welcomed back from summer break with hundreds of hand-painted wooden stars. Each a foot long, adorned in messages of encouragement and cheerful … more

Douglas County commissioners: Schools can apply for portion of $10 million to enhance safety

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has confirmed it will allow local schools to suggest how to spend funds the board pledged for school safety through an application process, but the … more

Cherry Creek Innovation Campus takes students beyond high school

Leave the literary analyses of Shakespeare at home — Cherry Creek School District's new campus lets students practice exactly what they may end up doing in the real world. “This is just … more

SROs and Douglas County schools: What do they cost and how many are there?

Costs to fund a school resource officer are typically split between the law enforcement agencies providing them and the organizations receiving services. The Douglas County School District, the … more
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