Leadership & Management

Rico Munn was the 2019 Colorado superintendent of the year. He will transition to a “support role” in Aurora Public Schools starting in January.
“You already took our land,” one student said. “Why are you trying to take our school?”
“The reality is, at several points in the near future, we’re all going to have to make unpopular decisions,” Superintendent Alex Marrero said.
The Denver school board rejected a pared down recommendation to close just 2 schools. Members called for more community engagement even as budget questions loom.
“The rescission of the policy allows the board to give Marrero a new direction,” Denver board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said.
The Denver school board is set to vote on the school closure recommendations on Nov. 17.
A Chalkbeat analysis found that Denver schools opened at a rapid pace as enrollment climbed. Now school closures are looming.
Two of the systems are related to special education. The other two are related to the central office and the role of the school board.
The 5280 Freedom School plans to open next fall with kindergarten and first grade, and add grades each year up to fifth grade.
Community members usually have weeks to review applicants for board member vacancies. This time, Adams 14 withheld names until the last minute.
Schools without air conditioning in Denver and around Colorado cancel classes as temperatures rise to high 90s.
Montbello Career and Technical High School would close and the growing Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy would take over the building.
The Denver school district and teachers union are renegotiating the teacher contract for the first time since a 2019 strike. Here’s where they disagree.
The wage gap between Colorado teachers and other college-educated workers is larger than in any other state, a new study finds.
Superintendent Alex Marrero lays out a vision that emphasizes belonging and community alongside academic achievement. Denver’s last strategic plan expired in 2020.
After being turned down by the Denver school board, the 5280 Freedom School appealed to the State Board of Education and won.
Many Colorado school districts say the fall hiring frenzy is similar to previous years. They’ve raised pay, but competition with the private sector and other districts is stiff.
“The power struggle will overshadow the board doing anything,” one observer said.
Districts have seen a drop in applications during the pandemic, but families will need them again this school year.
The Adams 14 school board will accept applications for replacing Ramona Lewis after declaring her board seat vacant.
A controversial March decision had unintended consequences that limited some innovation school flexibility, board members argued.
It took nine rounds of voting and several tense exchanges to fill the District 5 vacancy.
The charter schools proposed to replicate the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, provide an education that centers Black students, and offer an arts option for elementary students.
Intense political rhetoric seems to be driving pessimism about public schools, a Magellan Strategies poll found, but many voters still like teachers and want to pay them more.
Unions representing Denver school custodians, food service workers, and aides want an $18/hour pay hike, but district officials say that is not sustainable.
Metrics for evaluating the superintendent say he should identify at least two “enduring systems of oppression” within the district to be dismantled.
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