School boards

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.
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.
Montbello Career and Technical High School would close and the growing Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy would take over the building.
After being turned down by the Denver school board, the 5280 Freedom School appealed to the State Board of Education and won.
Aurora joined a handful of other districts where board members can soon receive pay.
“The power struggle will overshadow the board doing anything,” one observer said.
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.
Citing unintended consequences, a majority of Denver school board members support moving forward a proposal to overturn parts of a new policy limiting school autonomy.
Metrics for evaluating the superintendent say he should identify at least two “enduring systems of oppression” within the district to be dismantled.
The applicants are vying to replace Brad Laurvick, who will step down next month.
Among the uses: opening six community hubs serving students and families, raising hourly wages, and more.
The board is looking to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of member Brad Laurvick, who represents northwest Denver.
Spurred by student advocacy, the Denver school board is expected to pass a set of climate action policies that high schoolers co-created.
Brad Laurvick was elected in 2019 as part of a slate of union-backed candidates who “flipped” the Denver school board.
MGT Consulting is leaving the Adams 14 school district effective Friday after months of disagreements with Superintendent Karla Loría.
Campaign contributions and spending by independent committees in 2021 school board races approached $5 million.
In a 6-1 vote, the union-backed Denver school board renewed the district’s contracts with 16 charter schools.
Denver school board member sues Black Lives Matter 5280 and six people after sexual assault claims brought against him are found unsubstantiated
Chalkbeat asked Aurora Public Schools board candidates for the 2021 election to answer nine questions about education. Read their answers in this voter guide.
The Sheridan school board voted to allow its members to get paid, with one goal being to encourage more people to run.
The union-backed candidates in Jeffco — Paula Reed, Danielle Varda, and Mary Parker — have raised the most money in this year’s school board race.
The Aurora school board may vote as soon as next week on a proposal to allow board members to be paid. Denver’s board has also begun discussing the idea.
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