Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat

Melanie Asmar

Chalkbeat

Denver, CO, United States

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Recent:
  • Chalkbeat
Past:
  • The Denver Post
  • Chalkbeat Indiana
  • Chalkbeat Colorado

Recent articles by Melanie:

Denver school board to parents: It’s important to store guns safely at home

Board members called their resolution “a first step” in preventing gun violence. → Read More

Denver school board mandates all-gender restrooms in schools and district facilities

“It is time for us to lead with bold actions,” school board member Tay Anderson said. → Read More

Denver school choice: What are enrollment zones? And are they working?

For Denver families who live in what the district calls "enrollment zones," school choice is all but required. → Read More

Denver’s Rosedale school has sat vacant for 15 years. Now someone wants to buy it.

The offer has set in motion a public conversation about what to do with the school. → Read More

Denver’s Rosedale school has sat vacant for 15 years. Now someone wants to buy it.

The offer has set in motion a public conversation about what to do with the school. → Read More

Five things we heard at Chalkbeat’s 2020 legislative preview

What's on tap for education policy in Colorado's 2020 legislative session? → Read More

A new Denver school board takes a softer tone with low-performing schools

The Denver school board is moving from an inflexible strategy that closed struggling schools to a more collaborative one that gives them time to turn around. → Read More

New Denver school board member says he will sit during the Pledge of Allegiance

On the eve of his first monthly meeting Thursday, newly elected Denver school board member Tay Anderson said he would remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance. → Read More

This year’s Denver school board election was the most expensive in history

Candidates and outside groups spent a combined $2.28 million, campaign finance reports show. → Read More

Denver’s newly elected school board vice president is seeking a seat in state legislature

Jennifer Bacon said she’s running for state office but plans to keep her board seat. → Read More

‘Flipped’ Denver school board elects former teacher as president, after new members sworn in

Carrie Olson is the new president of the Denver school board. → Read More

Denver to change curriculum that educators said ‘eliminates the Native American perspective’

Denver’s eighth-grade social studies curriculum asked students to identify the challenges faced by settlers as they moved West in the 1800s. → Read More

Denver charter school network STRIVE Prep to close northwest high school

STRIVE Prep — Excel high school will merge with STRIVE Prep — Smart high school next year. → Read More

Eight tips for school tours: What to look for and what questions to ask

What exactly should parents look for on a school tour? What should they ask? → Read More

Far fewer Denver students handcuffed in first months of school under new policy

Denver campus safety officers handcuffed only three students in the first three months of school, an 87% reduction from last year, when officers used handcuffs 23 times in the first trimester. → Read More

Far fewer Denver students handcuffed in first months of school under new policy

Only three students were handcuffed in the first three months of school, an 87% reduction from last year. → Read More

Why the Denver school board ‘flipped’ and what might happen next

Candidates opposed to policies that made Denver a national exemplar for education reform now control the school board. → Read More

New school board, same superintendent: Denver likely to give Susana Cordova a chance to lead

One of the chief jobs of a school board is to hire and fire the superintendent. → Read More

Fact checking Denver school board attack ad that attempts to tie candidate to flag incident

One mailer attempts to tie him to an incident in which an American flag was desecrated. → Read More

With three weeks to go, spending in Denver school board races has topped $1.3 million

The election is Nov. 5. → Read More