“Colorado students began leaving their desks to make political statements in September. The first protests were in Jefferson County, but students across the state followed suit over the next few months.
“Wednesday’s panel included students from Jeffco, Boulder, Denver, and Mancos. (Keep your eyes out early next week for full audio from the event and a list of speakers.)
“While each group of students was focused on a different issue, one thing united them: They were organizing because they felt they had no other way to express their opinions and bring about change.
“Colorado students aren’t alone. Across the country are leaving their classrooms in similar fashion to protest new standardized exams, as students in Boulder and Mancos did. And the Denver students who protested were tied to other groups focused on racial disparities and law enforcement.
Read 5 takeaways from Chalkbeat’s discussion on student protests on the Chalkbeat blog.
~Photo by Nicholas Garcia