Colorado Public Schools

Rae Ellen Bichell / Mountain West News Bureau

Instructor Graham Dunne is holding up some printouts with faces on them. He tells his students they're smaller than real heads.

"Here's some useless knowledge from being a sniper," he says. "The average human head is 6 inches across by 10 inches high. These are probably half that."

We're at the Flatrock Regional Training Center in Commerce City, Colorado. Usually the people training here are law enforcement, but today they're teachers, principals, bus drivers, coaches and school administrators — 13 of them.

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Colorado's Democratic House speaker said Wednesday she wants to ask voters this November if the state government can keep excess tax revenue to spend in future years on underfunded roads and schools.

Stacy Nick / KUNC

The theory behind the modern band movement is pretty simple: Teach kids the music they like and they will like -- and learn -- the music you teach.

This summer, almost 400 music educators from around the country traveled to Fort Collins to find out more about the concept and the organization spearheading it.

Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit that provides training and instruments to teachers so that they can offer music classes that are relevant to them, said the program’s CEO and founder David Wish during a break at the Modern Band Rock Fest conference.

“Modern band is a student-centered, student empowering form of music education that puts children in the driver’s seat of their own learning,” Wish said.

Jackie Fortier / KUNC

The state of Colorado collected $180 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in the 2016 fiscal year.

But could the well run dry?

As of July 1, 2017, Nevada is the eighth state to sell recreational marijuana -- and it won’t be the last. California, the sixth largest economy in the world, will start selling pot Jan. 1, 2018.

Stephanie Paige Ogburn / KUNC

Two Denver area school districts are in the national spotlight, but not for a good reason. The divide between the districts of Littleton and Sheridan has been held up as an example of one of the most segregating boundaries in the nation. But a report neglects to factor a few Colorado-specific quirks.

Poncie Rutsch / KUNC

When you think of school lunch, you might think of mystery meats or mass-produced pizza. It might not be falafel that first comes to mind.

Yet that’s just one of the meals that Matthew Poling, the executive chef of Weld County School District Six, is stirring up in the kitchen.

With more students of different races and ethnicities entering Greeley schools, Poling and his staff have been trying to add more menu items that reflect the people eating school lunch. While it might not be mom’s best red curry or the most authentic enchiladas, they’re finding new fans, and exposing students to spices they might not have tasted before.

Poncie Rutsch / KUNC

Fort Morgan is a town of about 11,000 people tucked into the farmland of northeastern Colorado. Among its residents are people of Latino and European ancestry, and more recent immigrants, including refugees from eastern Africa.

“Our little town -- it's an anomaly,” says Nick Ng, the soccer coach at Fort Morgan High School. “We have all these people from other places in the world and we have one thing in common: soccer.”

Colorado General Assembly

A measure to eliminate immunity for public schools for school shootings, death, sexual assaults and other series injuries that happen to students on school grounds cleared the House Judiciary Committee Thursday. It passed on a vote of 10-3.

Currently public schools are not liable. Legislative leaders in both parties are sponsoring the change, spurred in part by the 2013 death of Claire Davis. She attended Arapahoe High School in Littleton when a fellow student shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself.

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More Colorado public school children are meeting state education standards for reading than they were 15 years ago, but fewer are excelling at the subject, an I-News Network analysis of new school testing scores shows.

State education officials on Wednesday released scores for the standardized Colorado Student Assessment Program tests – known as CSAPs – which showed the portion of fourth graders in state public schools who meet or surpass state reading requirements has risen 10 percentage points since testing began a decade and a half ago.

State lawmakers are planning to review schools’ disciplinary procedures for juveniles with a focus on zero-tolerance policies.