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

Rambles Issue No. 5: (In)Equality in Arts

(In)Equity in Arts By: Sari Levy Over the spring semester, we’ve been visiting schools (both public and private) and classrooms to see their arts programs. Hardly our first foray into arts education (see our previous report on the subject) these visits do help us broaden our understanding of what schools – and their arts education–…

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Rambles Issue No. 5: $1.64 Billion: Where Will It Go?

$1.64 Billion: Where Will It Go? By: Lisa Berdie “School finance” and “resource allocation.”  Two phrases that are probably some of the least inspirational in all of education.  But now that DPS’ decentralization is the talk of the town, I’m curious what autonomy will mean for schools’ funding.   When push-comes-to-shove, the success of this…

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Another View on Grad Rates: Peter Huidekoper

Another View #131 Peter Huidekoper, Jr. June 10, 2015 Higher graduation rates? A word of caution before we celebrate In our state, the high school graduation statistics tell us little about what that degree means—in terms of a graduate’s knowledge and skills.  Last week’s 2014 Legislative Report on Remedial Education again makes that clear: (http://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Reports/Remedial/FY2014/2014_Remedial_relJune03.pdf).…

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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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Rambles Issue No. 4: Tilting toward Dystopia

Rambles Issue #4: Tilting toward Dystopia Written by: Van Schoales Colorado’s 20-year record of steady (if slow) improvement may be dashed in coming weeks if political leaders do not stand up for accountability. We’re one of many states in the midst of a series of critical education policy battles that could send us back to…

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Rambles Issue No. 4: Reimagining the Yellow School Bus

Rambles Issue #4: Reimagining the Yellow School Bus Written by: Lisa Berdie The results of the first round of SchoolChoice are in for the 2015-2016 school year. SchoolChoice participation in Southwest Denver, with its two new shared enrollment boundaries, jumped dramatically from 67% last year to 91% this year. Yet, thousands of parents in the…

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Rambles Issue No. 4: Looking for the Forest through the Trees

Rambles Issue #4: Looking for the Forest through the Trees By: Sari Levy No one wants to be asked to defend testing. In Boulder, where I live, anti-testing fervor is almost as strong as the pro-organic-gardening-fervor. To prove their point, 84% of students at Boulder Valley High opted out of the last fall’s science and…

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Another View: Peter Huidekoper

Another View #129                                                                                                     Peter Huidekoper, Jr. April 8, 2015 Evidence of success from the charter world – smaller high schools From “Denver and Aurora High Schools; Crisis and Opportunity”(A Plus Denver, 4/2013) “With the exception of DSST, we have had little success in creating high schools that are mission-driven toward a specific outcome (like…

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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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