Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat

Yesenia Robles

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Denver, CO, United States

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

Recent articles by Yesenia:

To reduce dropouts, Adams 14 will change how it supports ninth graders

With a four-year $91,000 grant, officials are planning a four-day freshman academy and are creating a warning system to track students who may be at risk of dropping out. → Read More

Adams City High School to get new principal as management company makes moves

Adams City high school will now be led by Interim Principal Paul Sandos, who has most recently served as principal of the district’s smaller, alternative high school. → Read More

Five takeaways from Colorado’s 2019-20 student census

Enrollment this year grew by less than 0.2%, with 913,223 students enrolled this year — 1,687 more than in 2018-19. It’s a slightly bigger increase than last year. → Read More

Aurora students want bus passes to put more college classes and internships within reach

Aurora students asked their district to pay for bus passes for high school students who take part in internships, or who take concurrent enrollment. → Read More

Aurora’s bonus experiment was mixed for teachers, promising for school psychologists and nurses

Aurora Public School officials called the retention improvements for nurses and psychologists “significant,” in a final report. → Read More

The Aurora school board has a new president, in surprise challenge, and she’s a district critic

Kayla Armstrong-Romero, who until now has been the most frequent voice of dissent, won support from three new colleagues to become president of the Aurora school board. → Read More

Across borders, through detention, and into Colorado classrooms: The journey of solo children

In the past year, the number of unaccompanied children getting released to a parent, relative, or other sponsor here in Colorado has more than doubled. → Read More

Colorado’s state board gives Aurora Central one year to improve its ratings

The state says it is giving Aurora a year to improve, but the new rating that it will consider will be based largely on state tests students take this spring. → Read More

Will Aurora Central’s small improvements be enough to fend off more drastic state measures?

This week, the State Board must decide whether to change its improvement orders for Aurora Central or allow the school to keep trying. → Read More

Union-backed candidates take spots on Adams 14 school board overseeing outside managers

The Adams 14 school district is in a period of major change. → Read More

Westminster leader named Colorado's 2020 superintendent of the year

In her time as leader of the district, Pam Swanson has overseen the rollout of the Colorado district’s unique competency-based model. → Read More

From biliteracy to bilingual: Adams 14 working on plan for English learners

The plan is still a draft, as district officials say they are working with the federal Office for Civil Rights before finalizing it. → Read More

Aurora school board approves superintendent contract extension

The district school board voted 5 to 2 Tuesday night to extend Superintendent Rico Munn’s contract. → Read More

Aurora used drug-sniffing dogs 28 times at schools — and community is asking why

In Aurora, 26 of the searches this year resulted in officials locating drugs — a significant increase from last year when only 3 of 26 searches resulted in a find. → Read More

Effort to reduce Colorado dropout rate may get $1.5 million boost

Gov. Jared Polis says one of his priorities is reducing the Colorado dropout rate. A bill that passed the House Education Committee would provide grants to support those efforts. → Read More

Adams 14 chooses a second group to manage its district, giving Mapleton an ultimatum

The board of Adams 14 passed a resolution asking Mapleton to agree to work with MGT Consulting, a Florida-based company, on the work of managing Adams 14. → Read More

One Sheridan school increased teacher retention and decreased students 'falling through the cracks' by adding mental health professionals

As state and national policy makers look at ways to increase mental health supports in schools, staff at Fort Logan Northgate say the benefits are worth the investment. → Read More

Photo Gallery: Dogs of the Denver teacher strike, plus one lizard

Got a good photo of a Denver teacher strike dog? Or any other teacher strike companion animal? → Read More

Years of instability and division have put one Colorado school district’s fate in outside hands

This week, Adams 14 officials start the process of choosing an external manager, ushering in more uncertainty, and a measure of hope. → Read More

Aurora now has drafts for long-term plans that would affect school closure, and charter school relations

Aurora is looking at options for long term facility plans guided by educational priorities. → Read More