These posts are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of A+ Colorado.

May Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

New Colorado Graduation Requirements A+ Denver has been a strong advocate for linking a high school diploma to some authentic measure of competency instead of seat time.  More than half of the 2013 graduating seniors in Denver will require remediation if they choose to go to college and about a third of them are academically underprepared…

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Shouldn’t a Diploma Mean Something?

Originally Posted by Denver Post on April 21, 2013. Copyright © Denverpost.com. Written by Vincent Carroll. Read here. What’s a high school diploma worth? By itself, almost nothing. Colleges have long known this. So has the military. That’s why both rely on independent tests. Possessing a diploma is no doubt better than the alternative, but mainly because if…

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Press Release: Denver Citizens Group Releases Sharp Critique of Denver and Aurora High Schools

For Immediate Release April 11, 2013 at 6:00AM MST Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org Denver Citizens Group Releases Sharp Critique of Denver and Aurora High Schools A+ Dever calls for radical redesign of urban high schools Despite reports that more Denver and Aurora students are college-bound, a brief issued today…

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Press Release: Landri Taylor named newest DPS Board Member, steps down from A+ Denver Board

For Immediate Release Monday, March 18, 2013 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org Landri Taylor named newest DPS Board Member, steps down from A+ Denver Board Today, DPS School Board President Mary Seawell announced the appointment of Landri Taylor to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Nate Easley in…

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March Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Mark your calendars! A+ will be issuing a report on the state of high schools in Denver and AuroraPublic Schools in early April. Following the release of the report we will be hosting an Urban High School Summit on April 24th with leaders from DPS and APS to talk about the findings from the report. We will be…

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Denver is a great city and needs a great school board

Originally Posted by Denver Post on February 17, 2013. Copyright © Denverpost.com. Written by Van Schoales and Terrance Carroll. Read here. The future of Denver as a thriving and appealing urban center depends not on high profile projects like the light rail expansion and Five Points renewal project, but on something much more mundane, something you’d probably never…

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February Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Mark your calendars! …for February 20th, 5pm. Evan Stone, one of the co-founders for Educators 4 Excellence, will join us to talk about teachers making an impact on policy. E4E is a teacher led organization with chapters in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles that works to ensure the voices of teachers are included in…

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Playing the school choice odds

Originally Posted by EdNewsColorado on January 22, 2013. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. Written by Van Schoales.  Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, says it’s become so hard to get into Denver’s top schools that a change may be in order so that parents of means don’t have an unfair advantage over those lacking resources. In 2011,…

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2012 Public Education Game-Changers in Denver

We want to wish all of you warm holiday wishes. 2012 has been a remarkable year for change at A+ Denver. We’ve grown from a staff of two to a staff of five with the latest addition of Sari Levy as Senior Advisor. We have engaged in key areas of reform, including Innovation schools, enrollment…

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November Newsletter: Turnarounds, Innovation Schools, and Arts

I want to wish you all a warm Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. My family gathers in Los Angeles with old and new foods and friends. We always have traditional foods like roast turkey, mashed potatoes and Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry relish. This year, the Persian side of the family will add some tasty lamb appetizers to…

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