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Start with the Facts: Aurora Public Schools 2017

In 2015, A+ Colorado and a coalition of Aurora-based community groups came together to inform the Aurora community and offer recommendations in the report. Nearly two years later, many measures of student achievement have remained unchanged.

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The Outliers: The State of Colorado School Districts 2016

Welcome to The Outliers, A+ Colorado’s first annual report exploring how districts across the Centennial State are serving diverse student populations. We envision a state where every student has access to a high quality education: an education that provides students with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities needed for success in the 21st century. The intent…

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A Fair Share: A New Proposal for Teacher Pay in Denver

Just over ten years ago, Denver voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase to fund a system that promised major changes to how Denver Public School teachers are paid. Under the new Professional Compensation System for Teachers, or ProComp, teachers would be paid, in part, “for getting results with their kids,” as a…

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Mapleton Public Schools: Radical Change, Modest Gains

As education reform goes, it’s a dramatic story. Small, inner-ring suburban school district lands $2.6 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant and national attention. District’s model of radical restructuring causes constructive disruption, and attracts top talent. Where does Mapleton Public Schools stand just over a decade into its “Choices for Learning” reform effort? Have…

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