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The Daily Churn: Wednesday


Updated & corrected 4:45 p.m.The Charter School Growth Fund is formally announcing a $160 million fund raising campaign today and has given a pledge of about $4 million to West Denver Prep and the Denver School of Science and Technology. The fund is based in Broomfield and is headed by CEO Kevin Hall, a former executive of the Broad Foundation. Its board includes corporate and foundation executives. According to an Associated Press story posted on Google News, the fund previously has given $85 million to charter school organizations.

The fund pledged $20 million to six charter management networks in four states, including the two charters that are part of DPS. Because we misread language in the AP story, an earlier version of Churn incorrectly reported that the two Denver schools would receive $20 million.

What’s churning:

It’s decision day in Las Vegas. By the end of the evening we will know, presumably, whether Colorado will need a new education commissioner. The Clark County, Nev. school board meets beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time to decide who will become the next superintendent of the fast-growing Las Vegas school system. Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones is vying for the job against Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. Check back here frequently this evening for updates, and follow us on Twitter for minute-by-minute developments.

Far northeast Denver has some of the lowest-performing schools in the city, or for that matter, in the state. Last night, after six months of work, a community committee heard recommendations from the district on how to set things right. The proposed plan calls for an audacious overhaul of most schools in the Montbello and Green Vally Ranch neighborhoods, featuring full turnarounds (new leaders new staffs) and sharing buildings between innovative new district models with strong charter schools. You can see the full plan here, and read a blog post by Alan Gottlieb on last night’s meeting here.

What’s on tap:

The Higher Education Strategic Planning Steering Committee town hall meeting set for today in Grand Junction has been rescheduled. It now will be held on Oct. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mesa State College in the multipurpose room of Grand Mesa Hall. (View the PowerPoint the panel is showing at these meetings.)

Good reads from elsewhere: