Officials say fed program to ‘drive much-needed capital’ to projects in Aurora

Aurora’s Chief Innovation Officer Adrienne Holloway said the federal Opportunity Zones program could funnel "much-needed capital" to projects in the city. (City of Aurora) Aurora will be able to participate in a new federal program designed to increase long-term private investment in low-income areas. Opportunity Zones were established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and…

Colorado Education Association elects new president amid wave of teacher activism

Colorado’s largest teachers union chose Amie Baca-Oehlert, the current vice president, to take the helm starting in July. Colorado Education Association President Kerrie Dallman, who has led the 35,000-member organization since 2012, is term-limited. The CEA held its delegate assembly Friday night, after two days of rallies saw thousands of red-shirted teachers gather at the…

Amid national school walkouts, Denver students opt for low-key “Peace March” while Boulder kids make noise to mark Columbine anniversary

Dozens of Boulder-area students walked out of their schools on Friday, but most Colorado students stayed in class or participated in low-key, meaningful activities to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. Instead of leaving classes during a national protest against gun violence, students at Columbine spent Friday doing community service work.…

West Aurora superintendent says district will look at changing valedictorian system

West Aurora School District Superintendent Jeff Craig says he understands why some people would like to do away with the valedictorian system for graduating seniors. (Al Benson) West Aurora School District Superintendent Jeff Craig said he understands the desire to do away with valedictorian and salutatorian designations for graduating seniors. Sofia Partida, a student member…

Men’s assistant Ryan Rebsom takes over as head coach for Aurora University women’s basketball

New Aurora University women’s basketball coach Ryan Rebsom worked the past two seasons as an assistant to men’s coach Lance Robinson. (Aurora University) Aurora University officials may have conducted a national search, but found their new women’s basketball coach just down the hall. Ryan Rebsom, assistant to AU men’s coach Lance Robinson for the past…