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John Frank
12 hours ago - News

Colorado's students lag behind pre-pandemic learning levels

Data: Chalkbeat; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Pandemic learning loss in Colorado is real.

Driving the news: Colorado students posted lower scores in most grades and subjects on statewide standardized tests compared to 2019, according to an analysis by our partners at Chalkbeat.

Alayna Alvarez
18 hours ago - News

Needed moisture in Colorado lowers risk of wildfires

Map courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor

As fall fast approaches and downpours persist, it appears the smoky summer Coloradans have been bracing for may not come.

Why it matters: Coloradans — and the nature spots they love — could use a break.

Alayna Alvarez
18 hours ago - News

Denver Art Museum brings back its "Singing Sinks" exhibit

Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum's "Singing Sinks" piece is back after a five-year hiatus.

Details: The faucets — found in the bathrooms of the Sie Welcome Center on Level 2 of the freshly renovated Martin Building — belt out a harmonious chorus of "Row Row Row Your Boat" as you wash your hands.

John Frank
18 hours ago - News

Colorado districts are short teachers and bus drivers ahead of school year

Illustration of a golden apple on a stack of books.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Just days before the new school year starts, Denver Public Schools and districts across Colorado are scrambling to fill positions.

By the numbers: Denver schools need 150 teachers, 275 paraprofessionals and more than 45 bus drivers, our education reporting partners at Chalkbeat write.

John Frank
18 hours ago - News

Where Colorado teacher pay ranks nationally

Reproduced from EPI; Map: Axios Visuals

Colorado teachers are getting shortchanged, a new report argues.

By the numbers: The pay gap between public school teachers and others with college degrees in Colorado is the largest in the nation, at 35.9%, according to the Economic Policy Institute, which advocates for fair pay for low- and middle-income workers.

Trump legal adviser ordered to testify in 2020 election probe

Jenna Ellis, a member of former President Trump's legal team, in Lansing, Mich., in 2020. Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis was ordered Tuesday to appear before the Georgia special grand jury investigating the efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Prosecutors are interested in the role Ellis, an attorney who represented former President Trump during and after the 2020 presidential election, played in coordinating legislative hearings in Georgia and other states where false claims of voter fraud were made, per AP.

Police body cam footage released after LoDo shooting that injured 6 bystanders

Video screenshot via Denver Police Department LoDo shooting July 17
Video screenshot via Denver Police Department

Body camera footage from a July 17 police shooting released on Tuesday depicts a chaotic scene as Denver officers opened fire on a man seen raising his hands before turning his back to draw his handgun and throwing it to the ground.

Why it matters: Dozens of people were standing in front of downtown Denver's Larimer Beer Hall seconds before the gunfire. At least two officers have said they believed they had a clear shot at the suspect without passersby behind him, Denver police Cmdr. Matt Clark said during a press conference last month.

Grand jury called to investigate Denver police shooting

In this illustration, a plastic baggie is labeled with the word "evidence" as a police badge rests inside.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann on Tuesday said her office will ask a grand jury to investigate the July 17 police shooting in Lower Downtown Denver that left six injured bystanders and a man targeted by police.

Why it matters: The investigation has the potential to lead to charges against the officers involved in the incident.