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May 2, 2019
Michael Bennet left a complex mark on Denver schools. Now he’s running for president.
Michael Bennet's commitment to education reform could draw fire from the left, but he's also been a sharp critic of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
May 31, 2018
How education reform became a wedge issue among Colorado Democrats this election year
This election season has the potential to change what’s considered mainstream Democratic education policy in Colorado.
13 years of reform
April 13, 2018
Bennet and Boasberg: Denver schools needed big changes, and the work isn’t nearly done
The two men responsible for guiding Denver schools through dramatic changes over the last 13 years shared the same stage Friday and said their decisions…
April 14, 2017
Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Betsy DeVos is an ideologue, not the face of education reform
Bennet also expressed fears about how the Trump administration might undermine the nation’s new education law, which he helped craft.
she said - he said
March 30, 2017
Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: DeVos ‘wrong’ about school choice in Denver
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado on Thursday fired back at U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for her criticism of Denver Public Schools’ nationally recognized…
Divided on DeVos
February 7, 2017
Gardner votes to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary, Bennet votes no
Gardner had been the target of opponents to President Trump's pick.
DeVos and Detroit
January 31, 2017
Senator: ‘Not a single person on this panel, if they could avoid it, would allow their kid to attend’ Detroit schools
Detroit schools have so many problems that a U.S. Senator charged Tuesday that his colleagues would never consider the city’s schools for their own kids.
Divided on DeVos
January 30, 2017
Colorado educators, lawmakers split on education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos
DeVos's first hurdle in the Senate is scheduled for Tuesday.
January 17, 2017
Sen. Michael Bennet to Betsy DeVos: Come visit Denver, where school choice is different
Both Bennet and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg say Denver charter schools are vastly different from Michigan's.
money to grow
September 28, 2016
Denver’s DSST charter network, in the midst of major expansion, lands $4 million grant
The money will go toward expanding the growing network.
Life after high school
September 16, 2016
Bennet rolls out bill to boost career and tech programs for low-income students
School districts could use the federal funds for a variety of purposes including beefing up STEM opportunities.
July 18, 2016
Five things to know about where Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stands on education
Hickenlooper has met with Hillary Clinton twice to discuss being her running mate.
Politics & Policy
January 10, 2014
Special Report: A promise unfulfilled at Manual High School
This special report on the past and present struggles of Manual High School was recognized as a finalist in an annual education reporting competition.
January 9, 2014
Missteps, red tape and lax oversight plagued Manual High School’s turnaround
Denver Public Schools has repeatedly taken actions to make it more difficult for Manual's staff to focus on their charge of building a strong school culture and boosting student achievement. The school district forced a rushed planning process to get the school off the ground, lost one school leader, and took a full school year to find a replacement, in the process leaving a vacuum that siphoned away early academic progress.
November 5, 2013
Supporters of DPS administration claim victory in board races
Updated. A lot. Denver voters decided the fate of DPS' reform agenda Tuesday when they cast their votes in four contests for school board.
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