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

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…

Continue Reading …


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…

Continue Reading …


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…

Continue Reading …


New site, new digs, same goals

Hello Members and Friends, We have just launched our new website so you can get the latest news on A+ Denver and Denver Public Schools, check it out: www.apluscolorado.org. We will be updating it several times a week with news and resources related to our work.   If any of you are interested in regularly providing information…

Continue Reading …


Turnarounds, Technology and Tuning the Denver Plan

Hello Members and Friends, Please make sure you get your Denver ballot in by 7pm tonight. I know I’ll be happy to see this school board election season done. I want to give a warm congratulations to the three newly-elected DPS members. A+ members and I look forward to working with each of the new…

Continue Reading …


A national model and game-changer for Denver

Blog post by Van Schoales on Ed News Colorado, Oct. 24, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. View original post here. This week Denver Public Schools is rolling out “School Choice,” a new common enrollment process for all DPS schools, and a companion guide for families. It’s a bit surprising that there has not been more chatter about…

Continue Reading …


A critique of Brill’s “Class Warfare”

Blog post by Van Schoales on EdNewsColorado, Aug. 31, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. View original post here. It’s not often I would describe a book on education reform as a page-turner, but Steven Brill’s book Class Warfare kept me engaged late into the night. I thought “Wow, someone has finally described some of the political…

Continue Reading …


A+ Denver releases report- Denver School Performance by School Board Member Districts: Results and Trends.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Van Schoales Cell: 303.725.1151 Email: vschoales@gmail.com A+ Denver releases report- Denver School Performance by School Board Member Districts: Results and Trends. This A+ Denver report was developed in partnership with Padres Unidos, Get Smart Schools, Colorado Succeeds, Colorado League of Charter Schools and Metro Organization for People describes and shows the…

Continue Reading …


Candidates question A+ Survey

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Oct. 4, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. Read here. Written by Charlie Brennan. The A+ Denver education advocacy group has released results of a Denver Public Schools board candidate survey, but several candidates didn’t consider it a valid exercise. The lone incumbent on the Nov. 1 ballot, Arturo Jimenez, declined to respond to…

Continue Reading …


Denver school performance through a political lens

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Oct. 13, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. Read here. Written by Alexander Ooms. A+ Denver issued a new brief yesterday (and full disclosure – I helped crunch some of the numbers). It’s oddly not available (as of now) on their website, but it’s worth a look, so I’m posting here: SPF by…

Continue Reading …