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Denver Public Schools
state test results
2 days ago
With accelerated growth in literacy and math, Denver students close in on state averages
Still, fewer than half of Denver students in grades three through eight met state expectations in literacy, and only about a third met them in math.
3 days ago
College student, former candidate jumps into Denver school board race – early
Tay Anderson, 20, said he will run next November for the board seat currently occupied by Happy Haynes.
August 14, 2018
‘Who we are:’ Denver’s background statement for superintendent candidates, annotated
Read the full document here. We’ve also annotated it with explanations, context, and links to our previous coverage.
August 10, 2018
This search firm will help Denver find its next superintendent
The board has agreed to pay Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates $30,000 plus travel expenses.
August 8, 2018
Answering a call: Here’s who raised their hands to open a new middle school in Stapleton
Enrollment in the neighborhood is growing, and the Denver district needs a new middle school there.
August 6, 2018
State investigation: Denver violated federal rules, delayed services to students with disabilities
The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed on behalf of several Denver students.
August 2, 2018
Opposing groups call for all sides to play nice in Denver schools superintendent search
The statement quickly prompted a backlash on social media from community members who have been critical of the district.
July 31, 2018
The Denver school board is aiming to name superintendent finalists by October
But some community members are already skeptical of the process and timeline.
educators of color
July 30, 2018
Denver’s newest group of teachers is its most diverse ever
Hiring more teachers of color has long been a goal for the urban district.
July 27, 2018
‘You can do whatever you set your mind to:’ Three Denver students talk about their summer internships
Denver Public Schools has been running the internship program, called CareerLaunch, for three years.
July 25, 2018
New data, shifting plans: Denver district calls for new middle school in Stapleton
Six months after Denver district leaders opted not to seek proposals for new schools serving specific grades and neighborhoods, they changed course Wednesday, announcing plans…
July 18, 2018
Meet one possible successor to departing Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg
Susana Cordova, Denver's deputy superintendent, already led the district once before.
July 18, 2018
Denver community has lots of advice on picking a new superintendent – who will the board heed?
In the wake of news that Tom Boasberg will step down as Denver's superintendent, community members have begun to weigh in on what they want in the district's next leader.
July 17, 2018
Here’s how the local and national education communities are responding to Boasberg’s exit
As the news of Tom Boasberg’s departure ricocheted through the local and national education community, critics and champions of the Denver schools superintendent sounded off.
July 17, 2018
These 12 stories help define Tom Boasberg’s tenure leading Denver’s schools
Tom Boasberg leaves behind nearly a decade of high-profile debates and decisions that reshaped the city’s public school system and made local and national headlines.
End of an era
July 17, 2018
Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg is stepping down after nearly 10 years
Boasberg will continue to serve for 90 days, as his contract with the district requires.
Looking to the future
July 13, 2018
Why this standalone Denver charter school is considering joining forces with a network
Leaders from both Roots Elementary and Rocky Mountain Prep see a potential merger as mutually beneficial.
July 3, 2018
The first year of teaching is notoriously tough. Denver is experimenting with a new approach
“Associate teachers” will teach part-time in a high-poverty school and spend the rest of their time planning, observing, and learning.
June 29, 2018
Denver’s new plan gives its neediest students a shot at coveted schools, but waitlists could grow
“This is a real big step forward in enrollment equity,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said.
June 28, 2018
KIPP charter network launching biliteracy program at new Denver elementary school
KIPP officials heard from families in southwest Denver who wanted a bilingual education for their children.
June 27, 2018
Denver principals denounce family separation policies, reassure immigrants that schools are safe for their children
Principals of Denver schools say changes in immigration policy and enforcement have left their students traumatized and fearful.
June 27, 2018
AmeriCorps ‘volunteers’ in Denver schools were district employees, investigation finds
The district department that got the grant is barred from reapplying.
June 25, 2018
Colorado releases new childhood immunization data: See how your school measures up
Colorado recently released the second version of its school-by-school immunization database.
June 22, 2018
When Denver stopped lunch-shaming, debt from unpaid meals skyrocketed
After the Denver school district outlawed lunch-shaming last fall, debt from unpaid lunches ballooned.
June 20, 2018
Some see a victory in Denver pausing its school closure policy, others a ‘slap in the face’
“We know this is not a result of DPS coming to some enlightened position around school closures. We know this is directly related to communities organizing.”
June 19, 2018
The principal of Denver’s South High School is leaving due to health concerns
Bobby Thomas, formerly principal of Summit Academy, will be the interim principal for the 2018-19 school year.
June 18, 2018
Far northeast Denver gets campus upgrades, but not the traditional high school some want
“You can’t just dangle low-hanging fruit and believe that’s enough,” one school board member said.
a different model
June 15, 2018
Denver expands its experiment with more autonomous ‘innovation zones’
Innovation zones represent a different way of managing schools that is somewhere between the traditional approach and that of charter schools.
A new approach
June 12, 2018
Denver’s school board is taking a break from its school closure policy
The pause would be in effect for the 2018-19 school year.
coaching the coaches
June 11, 2018
Some of Denver’s top teachers will get training to better help their colleagues
Data shows teachers like the approach and their students benefit from it.
June 7, 2018
Denver’s DSST charter network is up for a $250,000 prize
Finalists were chosen based on factors such as test scores and progress toward closing achievement gaps.
May 31, 2018
Far from reaching its ambitious goals, the Denver district plans to ask for community input
“What I am hoping for is to test the path we’re on," the school board president said.
back and forth
May 30, 2018
Against a backdrop of protests, teacher contract negotiations in Denver get heated
Teachers argue that base salaries are too low and the bonuses make their paychecks unpredictable.
May 25, 2018
In Denver’s gentrifying neighborhoods, some middle-class parents are avoiding the school down the block
“Everybody wants schools to be more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. But the only control you have over that as a parent is to send your child there."
May 24, 2018
Denver approves more schools that will wait ‘on the shelf’ to open, despite pushback
Some Denver board members say this approach assumes other schools will close, something they hope won't happen.
May 21, 2018
Denver doesn’t graduate half of its Native American students. This charter school wants to change that
The American Indian Academy of Denver would be unlike any other school in the city.
Police in schools
May 18, 2018
The Denver school district is exploring the idea of creating its own police officers
This is not yet a formal proposal, but the idea is already generating pushback.
May 17, 2018
New state law forces Denver to change course on its ‘early colleges’
Lawmakers wanted to change the law because they feared the early college model would become too expensive.
Updated May 22, 2018
Three candidates, no new leader: Principal search at Denver’s Manual High to continue
The search committee is recommending the district name an interim principal for the rest of 2018.
Up and up
May 9, 2018
Number of Denver students earning a ‘seal of biliteracy’ continues to skyrocket
Students earned seals this year in 20 different languages.
May 9, 2018
Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last year
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that in Colorado last year, special education students in kindergarten through second grade received a disproportionate number of suspensions.
money money money
May 7, 2018
New tell-all budget document details how much the Denver school district spends on libraries, lawyers, and more
The goal, Superintendent Tom Boasberg said, is to be more upfront with taxpayers.
Updated May 22, 2018
Why these Denver charter schools are closing or delaying opening
Enrollment growth districtwide has slowed recently after years of rapid growth.
May 3, 2018
The number of Denver high school graduates enrolling in college is rising
“Students’ passion, dedication, and tenacity is inspiring."
May 1, 2018
Colorado was never ranked 46th for teacher pay. Does this change the debate?
The ranking has become a key feature of the school funding debate, and it’s unlikely to disappear from the public narrative anytime soon.
How I Teach
May 1, 2018
This award-winning Colorado educator teaches computer gaming (Shhh, it’s actually math)
A computer gaming teachers talks about what turned her into math-lover, why she builds forts with her students, and how off-task behavior is like a canary in a coal mine.
April 30, 2018
Three candidates are vying to become principal of Denver’s Manual High School
The three candidates include two who currently work for Denver Public Schools.
April 27, 2018
Investigation finds former Manual High principal Nick Dawkins violated district harassment policy, document shows
District policy defines harassment as “unwelcome, hostile, and offensive verbal, written, or physical conduct."
Updated April 27, 2018
Antwan Wilson no longer working as a consultant for Denver Public Schools
"He has informed us that he has other contracts that require his full attention.”
Special education reorganization
April 26, 2018
Only 33 black students with disabilities in Denver met expectations on state tests
Officials revealed those shockingly low numbers as further justification for a previously proposed reorganization of the special education department.
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