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

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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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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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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Stay Sharp Newsletter: December 2018

As the we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, A+ asks some hard questions reflecting on education throughout the state, before things become quiet as students and educators get the much needed break they deserve before 2019 takes off. A+ Updates November Education Policy Networking Series: What’s Next for Denver Public…

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The Open System Podcast: Restoring Dignity to Students

A version of this post originally appeared on the blog The Open System. As some readers know, I regularly publish podcasts on my website The Open System. The podcast and website explores themes of family engagement, feedback loops between systems and communities and ways to make our education system work for the communities they serve. This…

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From The Principal’s Perspective: A New Superintendent? What We Need Now.

By Guest Blogger: John Youngquist, East High School Principal  For over a quarter of a century I have served in Denver Public Schools, and beyond, as a teacher, principal, mentor and coach, area superintendent and chief academic officer. As a proud alumnus of a Denver Public School, I have experienced many successes that many of my fellow…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, we hope everyone gets a well deserved break while gathering with friends, family, and neighbors to cook, eat and reconnect. Many of us will be traveling far with Mama Stamberg’s cranberry relish (you must give it a try) and having friendly arguments on whether the stuffing should have chorizo (we’ll have a veggie version).…

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Can We Finally Fix Colorado’s Broken School Finance System?

In spite of the largest blue wave to hit Colorado in many decades, voters turned down Amendment 73, the tax measure to increase funding to public education. How can this be? Many school districts across the state are clearly struggling for funds. Few have full-day kindergarten for all students. Colorado currently has one of the…

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A Reflection on A+ Colorado’s Many Languages, One Future Report Release

By Guest Blogger: Dan Lutz On October 30 at Bear Creek High School, several of us on the A+ Action Team attended the A+ report release and presentation regarding the status and progress of English language learners in schools and districts around Colorado.  It was an impressive event about an arena that is important to me.…

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