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June Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Dear Members and Friends,  School is almost out so our newsletter will be taking a little vacation. We’ll be back around the same time as those Staples back-to-school commercials. DPS News Paradigm Shift For the first time, DPS schools will be asked to “opt in” to rather than “opt out” of district supports like curriculum,…

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Denver Teacher Compensation Brief

Denver Teacher Compensation Brief ProComp: A History ProComp, Denver’s teacher compensation system, was collaboratively designed by DPS and DCTA. It was developed to incentivize and reward teachers who set and reach high learning expectations for students, creating a differentiated compensation structure that moved beyond teacher tenure and level of education by providing a pay-for-performance incentive system.…

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Raising Awareness of Pension Inequality

  Dear A+ Members and Friends, We are writing to make you aware of legislation that could save Denver Public Schools over $20 million per year. This funding would greatly benefit both district run and charter schools. House Bill 15-1391 would lower Denver Public School’s employer contribution rate into the state pension system by matching…

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April Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Dear Members and Friends,  Welcome back from spring break! Hope you ate, drank, slept in, and caught up on YouTube cat videos. DPS News New Structures  Things in Denver Public Schools have been shifting in recent weeks. At the home office, a big reorg is taking place, with lots of shifting jobs and reporting structures.…

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An Open Letter to the Colorado General Assembly and Governor John Hickenlooper

April 6, 2015 An Open Letter to the Colorado General Assembly and Governor John Hickenlooper. As parents, community leaders, educators, and civic and business leaders, we are writing to show our support for reducing the amount of testing in K-12 schools while maintaining our state’s nationally recognized accountability system. SB-223 undermines the core of why…

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February Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Dear Members and Friends, Another big congratulations to 2014 Game Changers Anne Jacobs, Brian Eschbacher, Rosemary Rodriguez. See the past awardees they join from 2013 and 2012. Accountability whiplash: We don’t have to break the news to you that there is some major grumbling going on about Common Core, PARCC, testing in general, or some…

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A+ Denver’s SchoolChoice Panel Discussion Recap

Over sixty people joined the conversation about SchoolChoice in Denver at a panel we hosted on January 22nd.  Our panelists included Betheny Gross, Research Director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education and the lead author on the latest report on SchoolChoice released by A+ Denver; Brian Eschbacher, Director of Planning and Enrollment at DPS;…

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Announcing: The A+ Denver 2014 Game Changers

Stepping out: The A+ Denver 2014 Game Changers A+ is pleased to announce the Game Changers of 2014, three people we think deserve recognition for their exceptional work in changing the landscape of Denver’s public schools. A+ Denver would like to recognize: Anne Jacobs, Principal at DCIS at Fairmont: The success rate for turnaround schools,…

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2015 School Choice Evaluation Report

Denver’s SchoolChoice System shows consistent improvement in participation and outcomes, but critical obstacles remain for some families A+ Denver and University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) release third-year findings of Denver’s unique school choice system Denver’s pioneering school choice system is working remarkably well for families, but gaps remain in the availability…

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December Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Happy Festivus! Dear Members and Friends: This is the holiday issue, which means that we hope you are reading this from your living room–hot cup of cider in hand–or while you’re killing time waiting in line at the mall.   Who has been a Game Changer for Denver’s Kids in 2014? As we reflect on…

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