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Judge’s ruling may impact allegations

Three Douglas County residents who believe the Douglas County Educational Foundation violated its nonprofit status say a Denver judge’s recent ruling against the school district adds teeth to their allegations. An attorney for the DCEF says the … more

Local team excels at Robot Olympiad

After hauling away 22 awards from December’s International Robot Olympiad, the volunteers behind the Ameribotics team only have eyes for the future. “For the number of kids we brought to competition, statistically these were huge wins,” … more

Judge rules school district violated campaign act with report

A Denver judge ruled the Douglas County School District violated the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act when it sent a district-financed report to 85,000 parents and community members less than two … more

Library dropping fines on some kids' books

In a move aimed at deepening a childhood love of reading, Douglas County Libraries plans to stop charging overdue fines on many children's books. The new policy applies to illustrated juvenile books and takes effect Jan. 17. more

Teachers union VP promoted to top spot

New Douglas County Federation president Courtney Smith takes the reins at arguably the most difficult time in the union's history. The DCF, which represents both teachers and other Douglas County … more

Suicide intervention skills training provided

Learn the skills to help save someone from suicide. Participants of the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training sessions will gain more knowledge about suicide, learn the skills needed … more

Survey gives insight into students' mental, physical health

Nine in 10 students enrolled in the Douglas County School District feel safe at school. More than three-fourths of DCSD students have an adult to go to for help with a serious problem. Four in 10 … more

Scheffel wins race for state board of education

Democrat Tim Krug, of Franktown, and Republican Debora Scheffel, of Parker, were each vying for the state board of education seat for the 4th Congressional District in the Nov. 6 election. Scheffel … more

ThunderRidge students want an ‘oasis’ for mental health

Last year, Mia Hayden lost a close friend to suicide. Melanie Zhou’s mother was battling cancer. Then her school principal died of cancer. These life-changing experiences led the two ThunderRidge … more

School district to appeal judge’s finding

The Douglas County School District will appeal a judge's ruling that it violated the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act and attempted to influence the outcome of the recent school board election. more

Three Douglas County seniors ace ACT

Three Douglas County seniors scored a perfect 36 on their ACTs. The national college admissions test typically is taken in April, during a student’s junior year. Fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of those who take the national college … more

Douglas County school board to keep current policy on medical marijuana in place

Since Benjamin Wann started taking medical marijuana nearly three years ago, he hasn't had a seizure. Wann, a junior at Mountain Vista, was diagnosed with epilepsy at 3 years old. In 2014, Sarah … more

27 Douglas County students named National Merit semifinalists

Twenty-seven Douglas County School District students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, more than doubling the district's 12 semifinalists from a year ago. Fewer than 1 percent … more

Gubernatorial candidates talk education

School funding, achievement gaps, tax breaks and educating a diverse group of students were all topics Colorado gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton weighed in on Sept. 24 when … more

New Douglas County superintendent 'inspires people to have commitment’

Thomas Tucker’s grandparents, both sharecroppers in rural Arkansas, taught themselves how to read. Then they taught their children to read the Bible. They learned math so they could negotiate the … more

Signatures being checked for statewide school funding measure

Coloradans looking to bolster education funding throughout the state may be one step closer to their goal, as the Great Schools, Thriving Communities campaign turned in more than 170,000 signatures … more

School board set to revise district's 2018-19 budget

Following years of budget shortages and contention, the Douglas County School District is striving for transparency and financial efficiency, cabinet members say. Erin Kane, who took over as interim … more

District formalizes plans for committee to oversee additional funds

The Douglas County School District Board of Education is finalizing plans for a committee that will oversee the use of funds from two tax measures approved in the November election. A $250 million … more

Students honor 9/11 victims

A group of Highlands Ranch High School students placed thousands of small American flags in a grassy field near University Boulevard and Cresthill Lane. The 2,977 flags represent each victim of the … more

‘You want a building to be cared for’

When a prospective parent walks in the front door of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, he or she may see the 22-year-old carpet, chipped tile and cracks in the wall. If that parent isn’t … more
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