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

Community input, teacher voice drive overhaul at a struggling elementary school

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on March 11, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Kate Schimel. Read here.   When district officials threatened to replace the entire staff of Ashley Elementary, Donna Simms went with other parents to the school board to protest. “The way they came in and said, ‘this is what’s happening and this…

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Carroll: Douglas County’s dubious mutiny over Colorado school testing

Originally Posted by The Denver Post on February 14, 2014. Copyright © denverpost.com. Written by Vincent Carroll. Read here.   If someone had predicted a few years ago that Douglas County would emerge as the center of backlash against Colorado’s system of annual standardized testing, you’d have scoffed — and maybe offered a primer on education…

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Teachers union sues Denver Public Schools over measure in reform law

Originally Posted by The Denver Post on January 29, 2014. Copyright © denverpost.com. Written by Zahira Torres and Kevin Simpson. Read here.   A class-action lawsuit filed by the Colorado Education Association on Wednesday challenges the state’s teacher effectiveness law, citing concerns with a provision that it says has allowed Denver Public Schools to edge out…

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Thoughts on choosing a good school

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on January 27, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Van Schoales. Read here.   I’ve written before about the odds of getting into schools that have consistently high test scores. These are generally schools where parents are lining up to get their kids in—some even hiring consultants to help them navigate…

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Caldwell: Two new school boards’ mysterious agendas

Originally Posted by The Denver Post on January 25, 2014. Copyright © denverpost.com. Written by Alicia Caldwell. Read here. So many people showed up for a school board meeting in Loveland last month they had to sit on the floor and stand along the walls. Many of the roughly 400 people in attendance were angry,…

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Manual High principal out amid performance decline at Denver school

Originally Posted by The Denver Post on January 17, 2014. Copyright © denverpost.com. Written by Kevin Simpson. Read here. Denver’s beleaguered Manual High School named former middle school principal Don Roy to take over leadership a day after Brian Dale abruptly left the school, apparently at the district’s request. Dale has overseen the latest version of…

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Denver ‘innovation’ schools show mixed results

Originally Posted by Colorado Public Radio on January 14, 2014. Copyright © cpr.org. Written by Jenny Brundin. Read here. Public schools in Colorado that have greater control over hiring teachers, setting the school calendar and budgeting show slightly higher levels of student academic growth and high levels of teacher empowerment, according to a CU Denver report…

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Turnaround grants not paying off

Originally Posted by the Pueblo Chieftain on January 13, 2014. Copyright © chieftain.com. Written by Gayle Perez. Read here. Some of the state’s lowest performing schools — including several in Pueblo City Schools (D60) — are in worse shape today than before they received more than $60 million in federal grant money to improve achievement, a…

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Innovation schools showing mixed results in DPS

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on January 13, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Nicholas Garcia. Read here. Denver innovation schools aren’t outperforming similar campuses tied to district bureaucracy, according to a report released today. Students at Denver Public Schools that operate under “innovation” agreements showed higher level of academic growth, the most highly scrutinized measures…

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Press Release: Innovation Schools in DPS

News Release  Monday, January 13, 2014 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org Year Three Innovation Schools Study shows small differences in school culture, student achievement and workforce capacity between Innovation schools and comparison group  A+ Denver, Colorado Education Association, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, and Denver Public Schools released part three of an evaluation…

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