East High and Manual High Students Won't Be Combined in Ninth-Grade Academy

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Concerned community members gather outside East High School in May.
High-achieving East High School and struggling Manual High School will not partner to create a ninth-grade academy serving students from both schools, Denver Public Schools told the communities in a pair of letters.

"We heard considerable feedback from both the Manual and East communities on this proposal, and we're no longer considering creating a combined East-Manual 9th-grade academy," East principal Andy Mendelsberg wrote in a letter to the school's families.

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Photos: Jeffco Students for Change Rally Tries to Keep Protest Against School Board Alive

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A photo of Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia speaking at Saturday's rally, as featured on the Jeffco Students Rally for Change Facebook page.
The Jefferson County School Board spurred a national controversy via a proposed history curriculum committee tasked with emphasizing patriotism and downplaying civil disorder. In an attempt to mute complaints, symbolized by multiple student walkouts at Jeffco schools, the board approved an amendment to add teachers and students on the committee, and the tactic seems to be working: A Saturday rally by Jeffco Students for Change drew only a small crowd and meager press coverage despite the presence of Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia. By members of the opposition aren't giving up.

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Jeffco School Board OKs Controversial History Committee Over Vocal Protest, Critics Explode

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Students speaking at last night's meeting, as seen in 7News coverage. Photos, videos and more below.
Last night's meeting of the Jefferson County School Board was a raucous affair, with many if not most public commenters blasting a proposed history curriculum committee tasked with emphasizing patriotism and downplaying civil disorder. But the board's conservative majority was not swayed, approving the committee after adding a last-minute amendment allowing teachers and students to be part of the process.

This move didn't placate the organization leading criticism of the board's hard-right shift, which dubbed its newest members unworthy of trust. Continue for photos, videos, a document and more details.

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Jefferson County Teacher's Union Head on Why Payment Plan is Unfair

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A photo from the Pomona WALKOUT Facebook page. More images below.
We've been reporting about teacher sickouts and student walkouts at Jefferson County schools -- a reaction to complaints over moves by the conservative Jefferson County School Board, including a proposed history curriculum committee charged with encouraging patriotism and downplaying civil disorder and a new compensation package to which teachers object.

The history component is among the items on the agenda at a meeting scheduled to get underway this evening at the Jefferson County Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden; a 5:30 p.m. study session will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. public gathering that's expected to be packed, with numerous groups planning protests in advance. As for the payment plan, which the board has already approved, it's a complicated issue that's not even well understood by Jefferson County Education Association president John Ford, the union head who's among its most vocal critics.

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Photos: I, Too, Am CU Shatters More Stereotypes One Sign at a Time

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This past April, we told you about I, Too, Am CU, a powerful tumblr and Facebook campaign that features photos of students from underrepresented groups posing with signs to both highlight and undermine the most prevalent stereotypes they confront on a daily basis. Since then, the messages have been amplified by more posts celebrating differences at an institution that's more diverse than it may seem at first blush. Check out twenty fresh examples below.

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Photos: Ten Lowest-Performing Denver Public Schools

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Last week, we highlighted the top 25 Denver Public Schools as judged by the district's School Performance Framework, which gathers data to determine the effectiveness of schools at every level of the DPS system. Today, we look at the flip side -- the ten schools currently considered the furthest from making the grade.

The reasons institutions wind up on such rosters are multifaceted, complex and arguably systemic: During an appearance last night at Regis University, author Jonathan Kozol, whose books include The Shame of the Nation, lambasted the disparity of resources for schools in wealthy versus impoverished areas, as well as the deleterious effects of standardized testing, particularly at facilities cast as struggling. Keep these factors in mind as we count down the ten lowest performers, complete with photos and selected facts and figures. To see the complete list, click here.

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Update: Teacher Sickouts at Jefferson, Golden High Schools, Wheat Ridge School Monitored

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Golden High School. More photos below.
Update: Moments ago, we spoke with Jefferson County School District spokesperson Lynn Setzer about apparent teacher sickouts taking place in Jeffco today. She confirmed that classes have been canceled at Golden and Jefferson high schools today due to a high number of teacher absences and adds that officials are currently monitoring the situation at Wheat Ridge 5-8 -- although, at this writing, classes at the latter (the equivalent of a middle school) are still expected to take place as scheduled. More information and our original post below.

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30 More Hilarious #JeffcoSchoolBoardHistory Tweets

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Yesterday, we highlighted amazing tweets using the hashtag #JeffcoSchoolBoardHistory -- funny and pointed responses to the controversy over a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil disorder in the American history curriculum. Since then, Twitter has exploded with even more tweets using the hashtag, as student protests at a slew of Jeffco schools have received national coverage. Continue to count down our latest thirty favorites.

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Jeffco School Board Member's Child Threatened Amid Patriotic History Plan Controversy?

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The Jefferson County School Board. Photos from Fox31 coverage.
Following another day of student protests over a controversial Jefferson County School Board proposal to stress patriotism and downplay civil disorder in American history curriculum, news has surfaced about investigations into an alleged threat against the child of at least one school board member -- and another has come forward to talk about a similar experience from some time ago.

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Read Jeffco Superintendent's Letter to Parents About Students' Patriotic History Plan Protests

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Jefferson County Superintendent Dan McMinimee in a 7News image.
Jeffco superintendent Dan McMinimee is among Jefferson County officials at the center of a storm over proposed changes to the American history curriculum that would emphasize patriotism and downplay civil disorder. Now, in a letter to parents, McMinimee is trying to calm the waters, emphasizing that no decisions have been made yet and maintaining that his concern over student protests at numerous schools is about safety, not the criticism being heaped on the likes of school board member Julie Williams, who floated the proposal in the first place. Continue to read McMinimee's letter, as well as a press release from Williams explaining her position, as featured in an earlier post.

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