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

Coalition Letter on Teacher Prep

September 4th, 2013 Secretary Arne Duncan U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC, 20202   Dear Secretary Duncan: We, the undersigned, are again writing to convey our strong support for the Obama Administration’s teacher education reform strategy as described in “Our Future, Our Teachers” and urge you to advance your policy through…

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August Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Welcome back from summer break. School’s back in session, TCAPs are coming out tomorrow morning, a high profile school board race is gaining speed, common core is here, and taxpayers are considering whether to overhaul school finance.  Here’s what’s been going on at A+: Board Watching Depending on who you ask, DPS school board meetings…

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Press Release: A+ Denver Applauds Ruling to Uphold Innovation School plans

News Release July 16, 2013 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 A+ Denver Applauds Ruling to Uphold Innovation School plans A district judge ruled in favor of supporting many of Denver’s Innovation school plans, a move that will mean higher levels of autonomy for several new schools. “While more flexibility over staffing,…

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Press Release: A+ Denver supports ballot measure to enact School Finance law

For Release July, 12 2013 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org A+ Denver supports ballot measure to enact School Finance law DENVER, CO – A+ Denver, a nonprofit organization committed to improving student achievement in Denver schools, came out in support today of a ballot initiative to fund SB13-213, a bill…

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July Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Back to School Members Meeting We know summer has just barely begun, but mark your calendar for an A+ members meeting onSeptember 4th from 8am – 10am (location TBD). We will meet with Superintendent Boasberg to reflect on the past school years progress, hear the focus for the coming years and have a chance to…

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The long and winding road to school finance reform in Colorado: five key lessons

Originally Posted by Democrats for Education Reform on June 27, 2013. Copyright © dfer.org. Written by Van Schoales. Read here. Colorado is on the brink of having one of the most carefully devised and unique school finance systems in the country. After a perilous journey, Senate Bill 213, CO’s recently passed school finance bill, was finally signed into…

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Voices: Is today’s high school diploma the equivalent of Weimar republic money?

Originally Posted by EdNews Colorado on June 19, 2013. Copyright © ednewscolorado.org. Written by Van Schoales. Read here. Just a few weeks ago, thousands of Colorado high school students donned black gowns, heard their names read, and proudly walked across a stage to take hold of their high school diploma. But what is the value of that diploma?…

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Voices: Good high schools – choice and opportunity

Originally Posted by EdNews Colorado on June 13, 2013. Copyright © ednewscolorado.org. Written by Van Schoales. Read here. Most parents want their kids to go to college. A poll released last week by Harvard, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Public Radio found that nine of 10 black families want to send their kids to college, and half…

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May Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

New Colorado Graduation Requirements A+ Denver has been a strong advocate for linking a high school diploma to some authentic measure of competency instead of seat time.  More than half of the 2013 graduating seniors in Denver will require remediation if they choose to go to college and about a third of them are academically underprepared…

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Shouldn’t a Diploma Mean Something?

Originally Posted by Denver Post on April 21, 2013. Copyright © Denverpost.com. Written by Vincent Carroll. Read here. What’s a high school diploma worth? By itself, almost nothing. Colleges have long known this. So has the military. That’s why both rely on independent tests. Possessing a diploma is no doubt better than the alternative, but mainly because if…

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