Colorado Votes 2016: What's on the Ballot

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Get insights and information about ballot measures facing Colorado voters this year with RMPBS News Anchor John Ferrugia.

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Teens using marijuana face higher risk of addiction, changes to brain

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He’s 16 but his baby face makes him look a little older than 10, his age when he first tried marijuana.

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Black Round Table Targets Inequities Exposed by RMPBS News’ Losing Ground

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The Colorado Black Round Table's second annual Gaining Ground summit targeted inequities experienced by the state's black residents in education, health care, criminal justice and family incomes, as compared to the state's white residents.

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Racial Disparities Exist in Denver Police Shootings, RMPBS News Inquiry Finds

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A black Denver resident is three times more likely than a white resident to be shot by law enforcement. Latino residents are nearly twice as likely to be shot.

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Special School in a Tough Part of Town Demonstrates How to Get Job Done

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At Centennial Elementary School, which serves a tough neighborhood in Colorado Springs, low proficiency rates in reading, writing and arithmetic and wide achievement gaps between races are relics of the past.

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CEC Early College is Longtime Denver Center for Career, Tech Education

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The career and technical high school in Denver Public Schools has a long track record of sending its students to decently paying jobs, and many of them are armed with an associate's college degree when they go.

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Metro Denver School Districts Ranked by Progress on Achievement Gaps

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There is broad awareness and resolve among metro Denver school districts about reducing achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Progress in actually doing so is uneven, a new RMBPS News analysis shows.

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School Districts Ranked by Their Work in Reducing Academic Progress Gaps

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A Rocky Mountain PBS News analysis of a decade’s worth of educational benchmarks in the state’s 20 largest school districts shows most made at least some progress in reducing achievement gaps between white students and students of color.

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Drive to Level Academic Inequities in Biggest Districts Is Work in Progress

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An analysis of Colorado's largest 20 schools districts shows that progress has been made during the past decade in reducing the achievement gaps between white students and students of color, but that striking disparities remain.

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Mitchell Montessori Was a Beacon of Integration, Achievement for DPS

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After opening it's doors in 1986, when court mandated busing was still in effect in Denver Public Schools, Mitchell Montessori School became a bright shining success for integration and achievement. To some, its closure still rankles.

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DPS Gifted and Talented Program ‘Highly Skewed’ Toward Whites

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Denver Public Schools has the highest percentage of students of all races classified as gifted and talented among the 20 largest school districts in the state, a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis has found, but the numbers tilt toward white students.

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Segregation of Latino Students Within Denver Schools an Ongoing Concern

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Latino students in Denver Public Schools are arguably more segregated in predominantly Latino schools today than black students were in black schools during the era prior to court ordered busing.

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Recruiting, Retaining Minority Teachers Problematic for State School Districts

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Educators and academics say that having a teaching staff that mirrors the student body’s racial composition makes a substantial, positive difference for kids and schools alike. In DPS and other large districts, that's proving easier said than done.

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Lake Mead Drops 12 Feet per Year as ‘Structural Deficit’ Strengthens Grip

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As drought continues in the Colorado River basin, the math is simple, according to a new report from the Colorado River Research Group. Lake Mead receives 9-million acre feet of water annually, but it loses 10.2 million. Something has to give.

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2015 Drought's Direct Costs to California Agriculture: $1.84 billion

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Although California is in the fourth year of punishing drought – with the last two years being among the hottest and driest on record a new analysis by the University of California shows surprising resilience in the state’s agricultural economy to go along with eye-popping losses.

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