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

Stay Sharp Newsletter: August 2018

Many districts and universities started school yesterday, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of a new year of learning and opportunity for Colorado students. A+ Colorado has been busy this summer on multiple fronts and firmly believes this year will be one one of the more interesting years in our education history (New…

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Janus Could Help Make Teacher Unions Stronger, Not Weaker

Many on the right and left believe that the Janus Supreme Court decision will have a significant impact on reducing the teacher union role in public education and union political power in general. The decision overrules a former Supreme Court decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, in 1977 that held that (primarily blue states) public…

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A Search Our Kids Can Be Proud Of

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association and A+ Colorado join together to support respectful and open processes for choosing the next Denver Superintendent This week, the Denver Public Schools Board of Education began its discussion around how the Board chooses the next superintendent. The opportunity to select a new superintendent should be a moment in our…

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Elevating Expectations in the Mile High City: How Tom Boasberg Reshaped Denver’s Schools

“Choice, first and foremost, should be about having a great school in your neighborhood and making sure all of our schools serve all of our kids.” — Tom Boasberg NPR Ed, 2017 I’ve been an active observer of Denver Public Schools (DPS) for 20 years, through the vantage point of consultant, funder, researcher, charter school…

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Boasberg Rolls the Dice

test When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon and marched towards Rome, a (likely) apocryphal story had him saying: Alea iacta est. The die is cast. The phrase has marked for centuries momentous turnings of fate and deep uncertainty about what would come next. In Denver this past week, Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced he was rolling the…

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A Note on DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg

DENVER — Yesterday on July 17th, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced he would be departing after almost 10 years of leading the district. Here at A+ Colorado we are deeply grateful for Superintendent Boasberg’s service and dedication to Denver’s students. During this time, student performance in the district moved from the bottom quartile…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: June 2018

There has been a lot happening in education in Colorado since the end of school. Catch up on our updates as well as some of our reports from the past spring. We’ll be taking a break from our newsletter for the month of July. We’ll be back in August with some exciting updates! A+ Updates…

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The Relevant High School Diploma

By Guest Blogger: Elaine Menardi Are Students Ready for the Future? Rising graduation rates imply that high school educational achievement is the highest it has ever been in the United States. Educators at all levels have collectively concentrated their efforts to ensure as many graduates as possible earn the coveted credential that sets them on…

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A Broken Compact

  The decision of the DPS School Board to press “pause” on the School Performance Compact should cause concern and honest reflection from all education observers and advocates in the city. Community groups who engaged with the district on this policy over the last three years were taken by surprise by the sudden decision. This is…

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Denver: Past, Present and Future – Moving Forward and Building Bridges

Guest Blogger: Kristin Barnes I am the proud mama of three boys who attend our Northwest Denver neighborhood elementary school. When my oldest son started ECE there in the fall of 2012, I co-founded a PTO and immediately became more involved in the school. I later joined the Collaborative School Committee (CSC) and after that…

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