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Denver board nears finalized strategic plan with focus on “great schools in every neighborhood”

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on June 4, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Nicholas Garcia. Read here.   The 2014 Denver Plan, still in draft form, is just eight pages long — one-tenth the girth of the last iteration of the Denver Public Schools strategic governing document. But DPS board members believe the scaled-down and…

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May Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Dear Friends:  As summer break approaches, Denver’s school board faces a busy season of new school deliberations and strategic planning. The planning will no doubt be influenced by recent disappointing results on 3rd grade reading TCAPs and college remediation rate improvement. District Updates 3rd Grade Reading TCAP Scores  Given the emphasis in recent years on…

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New report finds low performance pervasive in southwest Denver schools

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on May 15, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Kate Schimel. Read here. Few of southwest Denver’s high school graduates go on to college and even fewer have the preparation they need for college courses, according to a new report. The report was compiled by local education advocacy and research…

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Teachers fight back against Denver Public Schools in court

Originally Posted by Westword on April 10, 2014. Copyright © westword.com. Written by Melanie Asmar. Read here. At 55, Cynthia Masters wasn’t ready to stop being a teacher. The energetic single mom had come to the profession late in life but had quickly grown to love it. She was drawn to working in high-needs schools…

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After five years of Boasberg administration, cheers and jeers have piled up for Denver schools

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on March 25, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Nicholas Garcia. Read here. Superintendent, observers reflect on five years of successes, struggles; leader optimistic of work ahead with new board “If I’ve done a decent job, Tom will do an even better job.” — U.S. Sen Michael Bennet When former Denver…

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Announcing: The A+ Denver 2013 Game Changers!

Correction: In our original note, we incorrectly cited that GVE moved from “Red” to “Green,” when in reality it moved from “Yellow” to “Blue.” A remarkable feat. Our apologies for the mistake. —– While we often talk about how Denver schools need improvement, we also happily acknowledge that there are incredible developments underway.  Our 2013…

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Announcing: The A+ Denver 2013 Game Changers!

Correction: In our original note, we incorrectly cited that GVE moved from “Red” to “Green,” when in reality it moved from “Yellow” to “Blue.” A remarkable feat. Our apologies for the mistake. —– While we often talk about how Denver schools need improvement, we also happily acknowledge that there are incredible developments underway.  Our 2013…

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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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February Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

What’s happening around town Bouts over new state standards, tenure Two issues at the heart of education tensions across the country are the Common Core and teacher tenure. Colorado, New York, and Los Angeles are all engaged in very public debates and lawsuits over these issues. We raise these issues again here (you heard from…

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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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