The new analysis also shows there are not enough good schools in all Denver neighborhoods.
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Colorado schools rank 21st in the country in Education Week's annual Quality Counts report released Thursday.
A Colorado lawmaker is proposing the state set up a commission of American Indians to judge whether school nicknames are offensive.
"We have a community that is completely fed up with being mistreated, with being brutalized," said panelist Lisa Calderon.
CPR's regular interview with Gov. John Hickenlooper covered TABOR refunds, how to make housing more affordable and "disappointing" news about the state's health exchange.
The Colorado School Grades rankings are designed to be an alternative to systems with "watered-down" information, but some have problems with the rankings.
]Students from at least a dozen Denver high schools marched to the state Capitol Friday, hoping to harness the energy of individual school walkouts in a productive way.
Opponents brought a lawsuit because they say that Douglas Count's program would allow taxpayer dollars to flow directly to religious schools, which they argue is unconstitutional.