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Wed July 29, 2015

Jeffco School Board Recall Is A Microcosm Of Polarized Politics

Political gridlock on the state and federal levels has changed the focus for many special interest groups to once sleepy school board elections for a simple reason. They can get more done a lot faster.
Grace Hood

Critics of three Jefferson County school board members have turned in double the amount of signatures needed to force a recall election. If the signatures are valid, voters will decide on the November 2015 ballot whether to remove the three conservative members.

Many special interest groups will be watching.

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Wed July 29, 2015


Wed July 29, 2015
American Graduate

One Way To Fight The Dropout Crisis? Make School A Summer Job

Missael Villareal spending some summer vacation hours in a University of Northern Colorado computer lab
Courtesy of the Student Recovery Program

Even with falling dropout rates in Colorado, thousands of high school students are still slipping through the cracks each year. One program in Northern Colorado is fighting the dropout crisis a few dozen students at a time, by paying some of the most at-risk young people to attend classes over the summer.

The Student Recovery Program operates in Greeley-Evans District 6, focusing exclusively on low-income Latino males, who are statistically more likely to drop out of high school than almost any other demographic group in Colorado. It's funded with private donations as well as state and local grants.

So how does paying students to stay in school work?

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Tue July 28, 2015

Lawsuit Alleging JBS Discrimination Against Muslim Employees Will Proceed

JBS USA's headquarters in Greeley, Colorado.
Credit Stephanie Paige Ogburn / KUNC

A federal lawsuit that alleges Greeley-based meatpacking company JBS USA engaged in wide-scale discrimination against Muslim employees is heading to trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Brimmer denied the company’s request for summary judgment in a case that stems back to 2008 when the company’s Greeley beef plant fired Somali Muslim employees who were requesting breaks be scheduled to coincide with prayer time during Ramadan, a month of the Islamic calendar that requires daytime fasting and prayer.

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Tue July 28, 2015