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August 14, 2018
How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys
Test scores were rising at Fuller Elementary School when Marilyn McCottrell took over in 2016. Yet troubling trends loomed behind the numbers.
a matter of time
April 4, 2018
Newark Teachers Union calls for end to extended-school-day programs, citing contract violations
At about 30 schools, teachers agree to work longer hours in exchange for extra pay.
September 25, 2015
Opening a new chapter, a Denver elementary school on the rebound changes its look and feel
As part of an ongoing effort to lift student achievement, Trevista at Horace Mann in Denver is changing its look and feel as it starts a new era as an elementary school.
October 17, 2013
National Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour kicks off in Denver
Mayor Hancock and his staff showed mayors from Sacramento, CA and Providence, RI around northeast Denver's Evie G. Dennis campus today. The event kicked off a national tour of city school systems, which is an effort to connect education-minded mayors and share ideas about reform.
July 20, 2012
Bloomberg says this year's test scores call for more charters
(Credit: WOR) Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning that the test scores announced this week, which showed charter schools had out-paced district schools, are proof enough why the city should be expanding charters. "There's a reason people want to send their children to charter schools," he said during his weekly morning appearance on the John Gambling radio show. The average proficiency rate for charter schools students improved 7 percentage points on the state reading tests and 3.5 percentage points on math. The city's district schools also improved but at a slower pace. Bloomberg blamed the teachers union contract for the districts schools' inability to duplicate the success of privately-managed charter schools, which have longer days and greater flexibility in hiring decisions. But instead of making points about issues such as teacher tenure or seniority-based layoff laws, Bloomberg invoked more salacious news items. "The union keeps protecting people that shouldn’t be in the classroom that touch, have sex, whatever it may be," he said. "It embarrasses other teachers."
May 15, 2012
DOE's argument for lawsuit focuses on potential hiring delays
City lawyers have filed their response to a union lawsuit that seeks to derail plans to move forward on 24 school closures. Both sides are due in court tomorrow to argue their case about whether a temporary restraining order on the closures should be extended. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the Department of Education from following through on its decision last month to "turn around" 24 schools at the end of the school year. The plans include the replacement of up to 50 percent of the teaching staffs at the schools. Lawyers for the principals and teachers unions filed the lawsuit last week, and the DOE agreed to halt all hiring until Wednesday's hearing as part of the restraining order. As we reported last week – and as the city's response below argues – one problem the city has with the motion is that further delay to its plans could "cause disruption" to the hiring process.
April 24, 2012
Grant spurs big changes in tiny Center
Part 3 of a series examining the effort to turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools, with snapshots of three Colorado campuses.
April 24, 2012
SIG dollars flow as school budgets cut
Part 3 of a series analyzing the nation's effort to improve its lowest-performing schools looks at SIG dollars in light of education funding cuts
April 20, 2012
Charting a new course in Sheridan
Part 2 of a series examining the effort to turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools, with snapshots of three Colorado campuses.
April 20, 2012
Teacher evaluation requirement has wide impact
Part 2 of a series analyzing the nation's effort to improve its lowest-performing schools focuses on the mandate to overhaul teacher evaluations
April 16, 2012
Growing pains at Denver’s Lake campus
Part 1 of a series examining the effort to turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools, with snapshots of three Colorado campuses
April 16, 2012
Verdict still out on school turnarounds
Two years into the nation's nearly $5 billion effort to turn around its worst-performing schools, there's still no verdict on its effectiveness
January 27, 2012
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Time running out on Denver's SchoolChoice - Calculating cost of high school dropouts - Winners, losers in DPS private giving - Lafayette's Sanchez Elementary looks to become a turnaround story - Bill would make CPR a grad requirement in Colo. - Education apps at your fingertips - Students, teachers and social networking.
September 22, 2011
Bullying expert to headline Denver parenting institute
Learn more about the Parent Leadership Institute happening Saturday in Denver. It's free and open to all parents of Denver Public Schools students. Keynote speaker is well-known bullying expert and author Barbara Coloroso.
May 9, 2011
City: decision on school improvement plans coming this week
The city and teachers union still have not reached an agreement on how to overhaul more than 30 struggling schools. But city school officials said that, deal or no deal, they will announce those plans at the end of this week. Though the original due-date for submitting school improvement plans was today, state education officials granted the city's request to postpone the deadline to Friday. That leaves the city and teachers union four days to reach an agreement on which of three federal improvement strategies each of the schools should undergo. Of the 43 schools that are eligible for school improvement grants, but have yet to begin using them, 31 are waiting to be told if they’ll be transformation, turnaround, or restart schools. Under each of these three plans being considered, schools would receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money. A spokesman for the city's Department of Education, Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld, said that the city had asked for an extension in part to have more time to negotiate with the union. Last week, union officials said they were hopeful a deal would be reached by today, but that has not happened.
May 5, 2011
Worried union talks will fail, city plans to "restart" schools
Days before the deadline to decide how it plans to overhaul low-performing schools, the city is considering going in a new direction. Over the last year that the city has been deciding which of four federally mandated school improvement strategies to use in these schools, it has only publicly discussed two plans: transformation and turnaround. Both of them call for major changes in school personnel and how schools use time, meaning that both of them have to be negotiated with the teachers union. But with the deadline for the city to submit its proposal only four days away, and the city yet to reach a deal with the teachers union, the Department of Education is considering a third option. Known as the "restart" model, the plan involves closing a school and reopening it under new management — either as a charter school or as a district school run by a school management organization (for example, New Visions). Because this plan does not require the city to fire teachers or principals, it can be used without the union's cooperation. "We would obviously love an agreement on those two models [transformation and turnaround], but we felt we had to cover our bases and be prepared to do restart," said DOE spokesman Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld.
January 28, 2011
Week of 1/24/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
Special ed resource fair Saturday; Big changes for Falcon district; Good news in science ed; Obama calls out Denver school; Fort Collins school saved by a vote; Fate of cursive in schools; Aurora hunts truants; State's smallest district ponders future.
November 5, 2010
Find your school’s new state rating
State officials this week unveiled the ratings for 2,080 schools or programs under the Education Accountability Act of 2009. Only those ratings agreed upon by state and district officials have been released. Another 99 campuses are still being reviewed. Check out this neat-o search function at Education News Colorado created by EdNews staff writer Nancy Mitchell.
November 4, 2010
State releases new school ratings
More than 80 percent of Colorado schools meet minimum state expectations while the lowest 11 percent have five years to improve or face closure.
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