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Aurora Public Schools
October 3, 2018
Aurora school board commits to new goal to create a culture of collaboration in the district
The new goal is a result of board concerns over teacher surveys showing a lack of trust and communication.
September 28, 2018
Aurora charter’s secret to top scores: ‘We try to make being nerdy cool’
Vega Collegiate Academy had the state's highest math growth scores this year.
September 19, 2018
Aurora is rolling out new curriculum to catch up with how teachers teach writing
Aurora discovered that about 40 percent of its third-through-eighth-graders earned zero points on certain writing sections of the state test.
September 6, 2018
Shrinking here, expanding there, Aurora district wants to hear your thoughts on how to handle growing pains
The Aurora district launched an online survey and is hosting public meetings to talk about the future of schools.
August 29, 2018
Aurora school introduces out-of-the-box redesign with more electives, more teacher collaboration
The Aurora district has worked with School by Design to try to raise school achievement without increasing spending.
Highs and lows
August 27, 2018
Some Colorado schools brace for state intervention, while others cheer their progress
The next few years will serve as an ongoing test of how well this system of carrots and sticks works to help long-struggling districts.
August 24, 2018
Higher teacher pay and more school safety are up for a vote with November tax requests
Voters will have to decide on a statewide tax proposal, and in several communities, also on local measures.
August 24, 2018
Aurora to build $8 million building, swapping for college tuition discounts
The Aurora school board approved the lease for the deal with CSU-Global.
August 15, 2018
To close or evolve? As teen birth rates drop, school programs for teen parents face a new landscape
With record-low teen birth rates in Colorado, some school districts are downsizing or closing their teen parent programs. Others have worked to adapt to the times.
August 13, 2018
Aurora board to consider placing school tax hike on November ballot
The proposed tax hike is expected to generate $35 million for the district in 2019.
August 7, 2018
Aurora school district expands translation and interpretation in response to parent demands
The Aurora school district is centralizing and expanding language services for families this school year.
July 24, 2018
In Aurora, a math teacher led the way to offer students a seal of biliteracy
Few districts have taken on the work to offer a seal of biliteracy after the state passed a law last year.
June 20, 2018
Aurora superintendent is getting a bonus following the district’s improved state ratings
Superintendent Rico Munn said Wednesday he is donating the bonus.
June 20, 2018
Aurora school board approves the budget, but will continue transparency discussions to change the level of detail available
Tuesday's quick vote was in contrast to months of discussions over the transparency of the budget.
June 18, 2018
Aurora’s school district is testing out a stipend for hard to staff positions
Officials believe they will know if there's been an impact on recruitment and vacancies by August.
June 6, 2018
Aurora could get two new charter schools, both with a community focus
The Aurora school board will vote on the charter applications on June 19.
the new deal
June 5, 2018
Aurora teachers could get a pay bump in the fall, with a chance for more in January
The Aurora school board must still give final approval to the new teacher pay agreement.
June 4, 2018
Aurora’s principal training could get a boost to send 11 more schools through university program
The proposal is a $477,000 request in next year's budget.
May 14, 2018
Aurora school board to consider one-year charter contract for school with conflict of interest
The Vanguard Classical School is well-performing, but a new district review process has flagged conflicts of interest.
trading for tuition
May 7, 2018
New deal gives Aurora staff and graduates discounted college tuition at one online school
To get the discounts, Aurora Public Schools will pay for construction of a new building for CSU-Global.
May 3, 2018
Aurora school district’s draft budget for next year includes proposed salary increases and principal training
The final budget will be up for a board vote in June.
April 27, 2018
Parents in one Aurora high school are visiting classes and giving teachers feedback
The goal is to involve parents in helping close the school's largest achievement gap.
April 25, 2018
Language in contract for Aurora teachers changed conversations about walkouts
Aurora teachers have a cap on how many can take leave on any given day, which presented a challenge for this week's walk outs.
April 17, 2018
In renewing superintendent’s contract, Aurora board president says he didn’t run to ‘fire Rico’
The board had allowed a draft contract to proceed on first reading, but Tuesday was the first time they talked about it, just before their final vote.
April 13, 2018
Rico Munn’s inner circle: Meet the team leading Aurora’s district improvements
A final vote on Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn's contract extension is expected Tuesday.
April 12, 2018
As Aurora district is crafting next year’s budget, coaches who turn new technology into engaging lessons are going away
The district describes the change as a shift to embed the personalized learning into other roles.
April 7, 2018
What’s next for Colorado schools ‘on the clock’? This bill would show the way
Colorado's school accountability law is silent about what should happen if students still aren’t learning in the years following state intervention.
April 4, 2018
Responsibility for translation and interpretation can’t fall to students, according to new Aurora policy
The policy was written after parents asked the district and school board to improve services.
April 4, 2018
Aurora school board moves forward with two year extension for superintendent’s contract
The Aurora school board did not discuss the contract extension Tuesday but will vote at the next meeting.
April 3, 2018
7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students
As educators debate harsh school discipline nationwide, here's a look at which Colorado districts are suspending young children at the highest rates.
Q & A
March 30, 2018
Meet Aurora’s new chief academic officer, whose plans include more training for principals
Andre Wright was previously one of the district's learning community directors overseeing 10 schools.
March 28, 2018
To close persistent disparities in discipline, some Aurora teachers are confronting racial bias
The most focused work on the issue is led at 13 Aurora schools and paid for by the Denver Foundation.
March 21, 2018
Aurora’s superintendent will get a contract extension
The Aurora school board president made the announcement Tuesday. Details of the offer aren't yet available.
March 9, 2018
Struggling Aurora elementary must decide next steps on recommendations
The joint steering committee presented recommendations to the Aurora school board this week.
Give and take
February 26, 2018
Aurora district may start sharing local dollars with charters a year early, in exchange for higher fees
The plan would help the district comply with last year's law requiring districts share their local tax increases.
February 23, 2018
Aurora budget talks devolve into charter school spat
Things turned when the discussion morphed into speculations about Aurora's interest in charters.
February 22, 2018
House call: One struggling Aurora high school has moved parent-teacher conferences to family homes
Aurora Central High School has logged more than 400 home visits with parents this year.
intent to apply
February 14, 2018
Five groups may present charter applications this year to open in Aurora
Last year Aurora Public Schools only considered one charter school application. This year there could be five.
How I Help
February 14, 2018
Pushing past assumptions: For this Colorado school psychologist, a language difference is not a disability
A Colorado school psychologist talks about how she distinguishes between a language difference and a disability, and how she reached a student tired of testing.
February 12, 2018
Aurora superintendent says no to charter school locating near marijuana shop
The site Vega Collegiate Academy picked to relocate to would be about 300 feet from a Starbuds dispensary in Aurora.
February 8, 2018
Report: Districts can do more to give black and Hispanic students access to college courses
The group's recommendations and a bill lawmakers are considering both seek to increase awareness of concurrent enrollment courses for high school students.
February 6, 2018
Aurora school board rejects superintendent’s proposal in first big decision on school turnaround
The school board for Aurora Public Schools rejected the superintendent's recommendation for a turnaround plan at Lyn Knoll Elementary.
February 2, 2018
New site announced for first Aurora DSST charter school
DSST's first Aurora school will now be located on the Fitzsimons campus, not next to Fletcher Community School.
Lost in Translation
January 29, 2018
Aurora parents who need translation services describe tears, missed connections, and a bureaucratic tangle
Parents in Aurora Public Schools are asking district officials to make changes that will make it easier for them to access translation and interpretation services.
January 19, 2018
Aurora recommends interventions in one elementary school, while another gets more time
Aurora Public School officials will recommend a turnaround plan for Lynn Knoll Elementary to hire an outside management company.
January 18, 2018
Denver students taking longer to graduate, even as other districts report improvements
The Aurora and Westminster school districts are among those that posted some gains, while Denver Public Schools saw a decrease in the on-time graduation rate.
Aurora school district has more money than expected this year
Aurora Public Schools officials plan to use the one-time unexpected money for curriculum, to increase reserves, and to pay for a teacher pay raise among other things.
January 9, 2018
Charter and online schools report the largest increase in students in Colorado
The number of students in Colorado's public schools this year increased compared to last year, but by a much smaller number than in previous years.
year in review
December 22, 2017
State leaders took a hard look at the teacher shortage in 2017
The problem of teacher shortages has plagued some Colorado school districts for years, but it reached a tipping point of sorts in 2017.
year in review
December 20, 2017
Aurora school district saw accountability, charter and budget changes in 2017
Here are some of the changes that topped the news from Aurora Public Schools this year with links to anything you might have missed.
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