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Report Release – School Achievement in Denver: The Impact of Charter Schools

We are pleased to release our latest report, “School Achievement in Denver: The Impact of Charter Schools.” This report was created in response to one of many questions that were raised after we released “Start with the Facts: Strengthening the Denver Public Schools Pipeline”. We have disaggregated the school performance data for 2011 in the…

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Celebrating Denver’s Best of 2011 in Education

I wanted to take the time to celebrate a short list of people and organizations that have made a difference in education reform in Denver for 2011. It’s been a great year for Denver on so many fronts from the new world-class taco shop down the street, a brave new education reformy mayor and a…

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Innovation law doesn’t spark major change

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Dec. 15, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Read here. Written by Nancy Mitchell. Colorado’s first schools granted more autonomy under the Innovation Schools Act don’t look a lot different today than they did before – particularly in terms of curriculum and instruction. That’s because principals have chosen to move slowly and have…

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: School Turnarounds and Profiteers

Written by Van Schoales, Dec. 13, 2011. Also posted on DFER.org here. We recently did some research on the state of school turnarounds in Colorado. I was reminded of that great “spaghetti” western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. For those of you that don’t remember the movie, it was a tale of intrigue,…

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School Districts and Economic Development?

Written by Van Schoales. Also posted on EdNewsColorado.org, read here. Some of you may have seen an interesting article this week in Education Week about a recent study on the impact of Virginia Beach City School District on the economic development of the region. The study performed by a North Carolina State economics professor, Dr.…

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Report seeks better DPS data to evaluate reforms

Originally posted on DenverPost.com, Dec. 1, 2011. Copyright © Denverpost.com Read here. Written by Yesenia Robles. A new report complied by a coalition of local nonprofit groups is urging Denver Public Schools to press for better data and to evaluate reforms more closely. “There’s a challenge in terms of getting good data, and having publicly…

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Press Release: Start with the Facts: Strengthening Denver Public Schools’ Education Pipeline

News Release Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Media Contact Christine Rafanelli, Communications Director Colorado Children’s Campaign Office: (303) 620-4544, Cell: (720) 281-8175 Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKES STEADY GAINS IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, BUT OUTCOMES REMAIN BELOW STATE AVERAGES AND ACHIEVEMENT GAPS HAVE GROWN Start with the Facts Report Examines Student…

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Report highlights DPS progress, challenges

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Nov. 30, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Read here. Written by Charlie Brennan. Denver Public Schools students are making some gains in achievement, but available data is insufficient to know which of the reforms adopted over the past five years are – and are not – working, according to a report released…

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News Advisory: Education Advocacy Groups to Release Report TOMORROW on Gains Made by DPS in Improving Student Achievement and Growth

    The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization committed for over 25 years to creating hope and opportunity for all of Colorado’s kids. Backed by an extensive, statewide network of dedicated child advocates and the most trusted data on child well-being, the Children’s Campaign champions policies and programs that…

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Turkey, Mama Stamberg and Education Reform

Members and Friends, We are about to celebrate my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, where we reflect, eat, and welcome others to our family table.   As I was thinking about what new cranberry concoction to add to our family’s cranberry standards (we always have at least three: a basic freshly-cooked cranberry with sugar and orange, the…

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