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Preparing for college can be an exciting and terrifying time for students in their senior year of high school. The expectations can be high and the reasons for going are many. Wesley Neemer is a senior at Basalt High School and a member of the Andy Zanda Youth Empowerment program's youth broadcasting class. He spoke to some of his peers about their expectations for college.
Over the past decade, state funding for higher education has continually dwindled. Many colleges and universities around the state rely on those dollars to provide affordable, quality education to Colorado's students. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, cuts proposed in yesterday's state budget could be worse than expected.
Starting this week, KDNK News is starting a series looking at higher education in Colorado. But first, we're going to look at the road to college. Local students are feeling more and more pressure to perform in the K to 12 system, and many are expected to be thinking about college earlier than ever before. Last week, a group of students, educators, and parents came together to discuss the issue. KDNK's Mathew Katz was there.
The principal of Ross Montessori School in Carbondale is resigning from his post. KDNK's Mathew Katz has more.
Children face new pressures in today's education system. A film out last year called Race to No Where is coming to the Roaring Fork High School's Auditeria in Carbondale. The idea is to spark conversation about how to best foster change in the Valley's education system. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Julie Oldam, who's bringing the film to Carbondale.
Colorado is expected to nearly double in population by the year 2050. But the number of people living in eastern Colorado has been dwindling for decades. While some communities have managed to grow ... many others have aging communities and little new growth.
This poses an ongoing challenge for local schools who are struggling to stay open with fewer students each year. KDNK's Bente Birkeland tells us one lawmaker's plan to try and turn things around.
Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, schools face an increasing need to diversify their curriculum to meet the needs for all their students. And that's a relatively new thing, especially for public schools. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke about those challengs with Dr. John Maloy, superintendent of the Aspen School District.
Colleges and universities across Colorado are asking the state for permission to raise tuition beyond 9 percent for the next school year. The state legislature gave schools more flexibility to increase tuition in the face of steep budget cuts. But as KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education still needs to approve the proposals.
Carbondale-based Solar Energy International recently wrapped up two courses aimed at helping educators teach green technology at a the most basic level. The class last week took on solar electricity, natural building techniques and designing green communities. Hands-on activities simplify the complex principles and make them fun and easier to grasp, from college level down to middle school and even younger. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason sat in on a class and brings this report.
Yampah Mountain High School is an alternative public school that encompasses a rare teen parenting program. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason visited the program and spoke with mothers. Today she brings the story of one young mother balancing the complexities of school, life and parenting.