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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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Denver Public Schools Progress Report: Big Gains, Big Gaps, Big Ideas.

Welcome to Denver Public Schools’ annual checkup, where A+ Colorado (formerly A+ Denver) takes an in-depth look at student achievement in our state’s largest district. Now that the Denver 2020 Strategic Plan is in place, DPS has a clear set of achievement targets against which it can be measured. This report reviews progress toward each…

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A Retrospective on Arts Education in Denver

Just over three years ago, A+ Denver convened a group of arts experts (the 2012 Arts Task Force) to examine the state of arts education in Denver Public Schools (DPS). They initially met for two reasons: 1) arts education appeared to be on shaky footing in DPS, despite a healthy conservatory program that few DPS…

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