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

Community EdData Hub in Action: Your Community, Your Schools

A+ Colorado recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the African Leadership Group on their new report, Your Community, Your Schools as part of our new initiative, the Community EdData Hub. We invited Juliet Sebold, Associate Director of the African Leadership Group, to share some thoughts about her experience: As an organization, we understand that…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: February 2019

Winter is either winding up or winding down depending on who you ask in Colorado, and the education news is no different. From our perspective, after major stories in Denver and across the state for the past two months, there is no lack of news. A+ Colorado is busy with the release of a 6-part…

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A+ Answers: How Do Colorado’s Teacher Salaries Compare To Teacher Salaries Nationwide?

In 2017, Colorado ranked #47 of 51 (states and D.C.). The rankings here show interesting trends across time. While the average salary has gone down since 2000, nationally, there are a few states that increased their average salaries significantly. Not only was the U.S. in an economic boom in the year 2000, but the Great…

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Think Bigger on Incentives to Close the Denver Achievement Gap

Teachers, the teacher union, district leaders, the school board and community leaders are unanimous in calling for an effort to close our deplorable achievement gap yet the outcome of the current teacher compensation impasse (and possible strike) will likely determine what happens to the achievement gap. We need to think far bigger about how we…

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A+ Answers: Which school district has the highest average salary for teachers?

  A note on using average salaries to understand relative teacher pay. Average salaries are often more a measure of average teacher education levels and experience than of pay. The vast majority of school districts use a salary schedule defined by “steps and lanes” to determine teacher pay, meaning that teachers get more money for…

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Nearing An Agreement Or A Strike?

By Lisa Berdie, Policy & Research Director, A+ Colorado DPS and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) are staring down a January 18th expiration of the current ProComp agreement, and, potentially, a strike if an agreement is not reached. Where DCTA and DPS will land on the system design and overall amount allocated to teacher…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: January 2019

Education has roared in like a blizzard as the new year kicks off with a huge teacher strike in Los Angeles and Denver teachers on the brink of walking off the job. We are hopeful that Denver district leaders and DCTA (Denver Classroom Teachers Association) can come to an agreement before Friday. Teachers deserve to…

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