Leadership & Management

Some observers say the recent challenges are a sign that political winds have shifted in DPS.
17 candidates are on the ballot. It’s the first wide-open mayoral race in Denver in 12 years.
A teacher at KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy is fighting to start what he calls the Colorado Charter Teachers Association.
Supporters say raising pay will make serving easier for members who can’t afford to miss work or hire a babysitter.
“Clear communication with answers at meetings is going to be vital and imperative,” board member Carrie Olson said.
Denver school board VP Auon’tai Anderson sought a permanent restraining order against critic Brandon Pryor, but a judge didn’t think there was enough evidence.
Colorado’s school finance committee recommends increasing special education funding. A broader rewrite of Colorado’s school funding formula could still come later this session.
Board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson says an argument between him and Brandon Pryor at his workplace crossed the line into threats, a claim Pryor disputes.
STRIVE Prep - Kepner middle school will close at the end of this school year.
Colorado’s higher education leaders requested more money to help meet inflationary pressures and get students to graduation.
Colorado voters have turned down similar proposals before. Supporters hope the pandemic has helped the public see schools differently.
Rebecca McClellan will chair the nine-member State Board of Education and oversee a search for a new commissioner.
Denver Public Schools’ superintendent is recommending closing STRIVE Prep - Kepner middle school for low test scores. The school board is set to vote Jan. 12.
The Colorado State Board of Education will discuss the process for selecting a replacement early next year.
The Denver school board signed off on moving Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy from its office building location to the former Barrett Elementary.
The Aurora school board voted 4-3 this week to accept a transition plan. Rico Munn has led the district for more than 9 years.
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.
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