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Tuesday Churn: Aurora grad vote tonight


What’s churning:

Aurora’s school board is scheduled to vote tonight on changing district graduation requirements, a move that could make it the first Colorado district to drop P.E. as a high school mandate.

That’s not the point of the new proposal – it’s aimed at aligning Aurora’s graduation requirements with entrance requirements at Colorado colleges and universities. But the P.E. issue has grabbed the spotlight, as the lengthy minutes from the last board meeting can attest.

You can read those minutes in the board’s agenda for tonight. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 1085 Peoria St. EdNews wrote about the issue in-depth in this story, “APS may drop high school P.E. mandate.”

Also meeting tonight is the Boulder Valley school board, and the buzz is likely to be Chris King‘s departure. In case you missed it, King announced Monday that he is resigning from the district after four years as superintendent.

King has created a transition plan that, if approved by the school board, calls for him to cease acting as head of the state’s eighth largest school district on June 30 – though he would continue to assist his successor through Jan. 12, 2012.

King, who has served 17 years in the district, wrote a letter to the community that states, “Timing is everything, and I believe the time is right for me personally and for BVSD.”

Read the news release and King’s comments here, and click here to see the proposed amendment to his contract.

The Boulder board meets at 6 p.m. at 6500 Arapahoe St. Here’s the agenda.

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