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Denver Public Schools prepares to close schools as enrollment declines

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Denver Public Schools prepares to close schools as enrollment declines

Denver Public Schools is moving forward with its plan to close schools in anticipation that the district will continue to see enrollment in its K-12 schools fall in coming years, Superintendent Alex Marrero said during Thursday’s school board meeting.

The district will form a committee, made up of families and other community members, to determine what criteria should be used to determine if a school closes or consolidates. Applications for those interested in joining the committee will be available online starting Friday, he said.

DPS expects to announce which schools will close by the end of next year, with the closures going into effect during the 2024-25 academic year, according to Marrero’s presentation.

But it’s possible some schools will close sooner because they already are struggling, he said.

“There are some who are on life support now,” Marrero said.

Enrollment in public schools has fallen statewide during the pandemic, with the state Department of Education reporting Wednesday that there were 1,174 fewer K-12 students enrolled last fall compared with the previous year. The state saw a larger decline in enrollment during the 2020-21 school year, when more than 20,000 students left.

DPS, the state’s largest school district, saw enrollment in preschool through 12th grade decline by 172 people to 88,889 students in October, according to the education department.

More children are being home-schooled during the pandemic, and some families have moved out of state during the pandemic. A declining birthrate also is attributed to fewer students, according to education officials.

Marrero, in an interview before the meeting, also blamed gentrification and Denver’s high cost of living for the enrollment declines, which he said affects the ability of families and DPS employees to remain in the city.

“Many of the families we have traditionally served as a community can longer live here,” said Nicholas Martinez, executive director of Transform Education Now, who spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting.

When students go, so does money allocated to districts and schools. For example, the loss of 6,000 students would result in the loss of $78 million, Marrero said.

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Who Is Sophie In The Staircase

The latest episode of The Staircase left the audience dangling with many questions, one of the “what is justice?”. Episode put forward a character that has been in the limelight since the start, and she was a definitive figure to put forward the jury’s questions like justice, fate, and liberty of the audience. You already know whom we are talking about, silver-haired mystery Sophie Brunet.

HBO Max’s The Staircase is based on real-life occurrences circling the death of Kathleen Peterson in 2001. Colin Firth (Michael Peterson) finds his life in turmoil when he finds his wife, Toni Collette (Kathleen), unconscious at the base of the stairs. Turns out she’s dead, and Michael is the sole suspect. The show revolves around Michael’s relationship with his wife and how media engulfs his life, despite his pleas for purity and innocence.

Who is Sophie?

Juliette Binoche is playing the character of Sophie Brunet. It was in the 4th episode when their true identity of Sophie came to light. We see Sophie Brunet is connected to the true-crime documentary on which this show is based. She operated as an editor on the 2004 original documentary on the case. You can find her name on the IMDb site under people who worked on the film.

She was introduced in the first episode, and she is the only one in the present timeline with Michael Peterson as there is no clue if other Petersons are in contact with their father or not, or so it looks like. We got to know more about her enigmatic aura when she was put in front of Jean’s camera for an interview.

According to her IMDb, she has worked on other projects such as Blue is the Warmest Colour, Call My Agent and Jeuxd’ influence.

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Are Michael And Sophie Related?

We saw Sophie writing the letter to Michael, behind bars, at the end of episode 4. And it came to light that they exchanged many letters while her working on the documentary, and Michael was making rounds to courts and prisons.

They were in a relationship for 12 long years, but in 2019, the couple split because Michael was too old to move to French with Sophie and start a new life. It was also not easy for Sophie to move as they wanted to stay close to each other and their families.

 Where To Watch The Staircase?

It is streaming exclusively on HBO Max. The first 3 episodes debuted on 5th May, and the following episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays till 9th June.

 Total Episodes & Runtime

The miniseries have 8 episodes, and each of them is 60 mins long.

 Docuseries 2004 Version

Netflix has the Documentary version of The Staircase, 2004. It has 13 episodes and features the case very closely, including original courtroom interviews, video footage, and more. This 2004 documentary inspired the 2022 new miniseries.

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DT Travis Jones is second in Ravens’ 2022 draft class to sign rookie contract

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Ravens defensive tackle Travis Jones has signed his rookie contract, the team announced Friday.

Jones, a third-round pick, and running back Tyler Badie, a sixth-round pick, are the only players in the Ravens’ 11-man draft class who have signed. The projected value of Jones’ deal, according to salary cap website Spotrac, is $5.3 million, including a $1 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-4, 327-pound Jones had 47 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 11 games for Connecticut last season before impressing at the Senior Bowl and NFL scouting combine.

“He’s a bigger guy,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said after taking Jones No. 76 overall last month. “When you guys see him, he’s going to kind of harken back to some of the guys we’ve had come through here, some of the big guys we’ve had. He’s a legit 335-pound guy — carries his weight very well. And saying that, he’s got unusual quickness for his size. There’s a lot of development that can take place and will take place with our coaches.”

Still unsigned are safety Kyle Hamilton (first round), center Tyler Linderbaum (first), outside linebacker David Ojabo (second), offensive tackle Daniel Faalele (fourth), cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (fourth), tight end Charlie Kolar (fourth), punter Jordan Stout (fourth), tight end Isaiah Likely (fourth) and cornerback Damarion Williams (fourth).

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Bob’s Burgers Season 12 Finale: May 22 Release, Time, Where To Watch And Plot Speculations

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Bob’s Burgers Season 12 Finale: May 22 Release, Time, Where To Watch And Plot Speculations

For now, the Journey of Mr. and Mrs. Belcher is coming to an end. Season 12 is ending on May 22, 2022. But there is little to be disappointed in knowing this since a Bob’s Burgers movie is scheduled to release on May 27, 2022. Not only that, there is news of another season of Bob’s Burgers, so we have Season 13 to look forward to.

Ever since Loren Bouchard created this animated series in 2011, it has been garnering fans worldwide fans. The plot remains simple, and we get a glimpse into the everyday life of Mr. and Mrs. Belcher, who run a burger restaurant. However, we see more in this sitcom since every episode brings something unique.

What To Expect From The Last Episode Of The Season?

Well, the quick answer is that we can’t guess. Long-time fans would know that each episode brings something new to the table for us to gobble. Anyone who is either new to this series or has been watching a song doesn’t have to know what happened in the last episode to relate to the news.

A long-standing trait of this show has been the portrayal of real life, in the sense that it mimics the holidays and other things, which makes it relatable. So, whether it is Halloween or Christmas, you know that they will be celebrated in the show when the time comes.

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The Humor And the Weird

Since the first episode, which was titled “Human Flesh,” the show has been weird and full of humor at the same time. Who would go and deliver a huge ventriloquist dummy head in their right mind? Bob and Teddy would do the job and might as well convert it into a road trip.

And every once in a while, we get a horror-themed episode. The basic plot remains the same: friends, family, and much everyday stuff. Bob and Linda are still fighting, and its always heartwarming to see them in their peppy selves.

Increasing Popularity Since 2011

The show didn’t receive good ratings initially, but the positive ratings slowly started overtaking the negative ones. So much so that the hype around the upcoming movie is crazy, and it is always good for the fans that the series do well economically too.

The last episodes of season 12 should be enough to keep us waiting till then. The Belcher family has witnessed a productive season for themselves. The finale should accentuate the hearty emotions that we have witnessed along the way.

Let’s hope that we won’t have to wait much for season thirteen, and even if something like the pandemic occurs, the creators will know how to deal with it. We didn’t see any issues with season 11 or 12, so there is no reason to worry. Right?

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