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Thu March 5, 2015


Thu March 5, 2015

Grant Program Focuses On Colorado’s Troubled Students

Jackie Fortier KUNC

Lyane Hernandez raised a lot of red flags when she entered Greeley Central High School. She was argumentative with teachers, got into a fight, and didn't show up very often.

"I did so many bad things my freshman year, I ran away, I did so many bad things," Hernandez said.

Now a sophomore, Hernandez talks about her behavior as she would a stranger, even though it was her reality just 18 months ago. And now?

"I don't skip school. I keep on top of my grades. [My mom] loves the new person that I've become with this program. She loves what they've shaped me into."

Because of the warning signs, Hernandez was placed in the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services program. In 2013-14, 8,635 students, along with Hernandez, were in the program. The students are identified from their record of attendance, behavior, discipline, or they may be the first in their family to potentially graduate from high school, or be in foster care. Students that ordinarily may have fallen through the cracks.

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Thu March 5, 2015

Ranchers Counting On Labels To Stand Apart From Global Competition

Country of origin labels on packages of beef, pork, chicken and other meat are supposed to list where a harvested animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like “Born, Raised, & Harvest in the U.S.A.” or “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S.”

These country of origin labels, as they are known, are part of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. And they may not be long for store shelves.

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Wed March 4, 2015
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Ed Advocate Thinks Flexibility Can Fight A 'Dropout System'

Jonathan Payne

When it comes to reducing the number of high school dropouts, Colorado appears to be making progress. According to the Colorado Department of Education, the current rate for the 2013-2014 school year is 2.4 percent – a substantial improvement from 2005-2006 when it was 4.5 percent.   

Even that kind of improvement isn’t enough for education advocate Steve Dobo. He’d like to see the number of dropouts reach zero. He’s so committed to the idea, he incorporated it into his company name, Zero Dropouts.

But is a goal like that even possible?

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Wed March 4, 2015