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Denver Public Schools
2 days ago
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.
pick a school
April 19, 2018
Denver touts record participation in school choice process
More than 27,000 families submitted school choices, up 17 percent from last year.
13 years of reform
April 13, 2018
Bennet and Boasberg: Denver schools needed big changes, and the work isn’t nearly done
The two men responsible for guiding Denver schools through dramatic changes over the last 13 years shared the same stage Friday and said their decisions…
April 13, 2018
Boasberg explains his decision to bring back Antwan Wilson: ‘He has so much to contribute’
Denver Public Schools contacted Wilson to gauge his interest in working as a consultant on CareerConnect, a career and technical education program.
April 12, 2018
Forced out as D.C. chancellor, Antwan Wilson is back working in the Denver school district as a consultant
Denver Public Schools has brought back the former school leader as a part-time consultant to help build a strategic plan for a career and technical education program.
Movers and shakers
April 11, 2018
Denver superintendent honored for serving Hispanic students
His nomination notes that graduation rates for Hispanic students increased from 30 percent in 2007 to 64 percent in 2017.
Nation's Report Card
April 10, 2018
Large achievement gaps in Denver highlighted by new national test data
This is the first year Denver’s scores have been broken out on the tests known as "the nation's report card."
Updated May 22, 2018
Denver has welcomed school autonomy, but some teachers are now saying no thanks
The votes against more autonomy come at a time when the Denver teachers union is gaining political power.
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.
Priorities and pushback
April 2, 2018
A heated debate over the desire for a traditional high school in far northeast Denver boils over
“Everything we do is threatened by the idea of opening a new high school in the far northeast."
March 28, 2018
Colorado lawmakers see a budget threat in the promise of early colleges
State budget analysts have raised a warning flag about the cost of programs that provide free college classes if they continue to expand.
March 20, 2018
Denver parents worry budget changes will hurt students with special needs, despite district assurances
“The improvements that they’re proposing to make, they’re all great. But don’t do it on the backs of kids with special needs.”
March 15, 2018
Strike vote by Denver teachers no longer imminent due to contract extension
District officials agreed to the union’s request to extend the current agreement until January 2019.
On the brink
March 14, 2018
Denver teachers union leaders vote to call for a strike vote if pay negotiations fail
“Teachers don’t think the district is taking them seriously."
March 13, 2018
Inside one of three Denver schools serving as a national model for how to do discipline differently
Restorative justice is an approach to school discipline that focuses on repairing harm rather than doling out punishment.
Updated March 12, 2018
Colorado’s high court: There’s no such thing as teacher tenure
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled against Denver teachers in a dispute over the district putting them on unpaid leave.
Movers and shakers
March 8, 2018
Former Colorado speaker Terrance Carroll to work for Denver Public Schools
Carroll will start on April 2 as the district’s chief legal and external affairs officer, a new position.
How I Lead
March 7, 2018
A scooter, a reflection journal, and no surprises: One Denver principal’s approach to leadership
A Denver principal talks about his "no-surprises" approach to staff feedback and why his school emphasizes restorative justice practices.
March 5, 2018
Interim Manual High principal named as district begins search for permanent leader
School board member Jennifer Bacon called for “a true study” of what led to the previous principal's departure.
‘Why I Left’
March 3, 2018
Former Manual principal resigned after learning of hostile work environment allegation
“The job of a principal in our current climate is not for the faint of heart."
March 2, 2018
Manual High principal resigns along with chair of booster group
The resignation of Nickolas Dawkins took many community members by surprise. He had said his vision was to "change the narrative" of the storied but struggling school.
intent to apply
February 28, 2018
These new schools want to open in Denver
Denver's annual "Call for New Quality Schools" did not include any specific requests this year.
February 27, 2018
Denver should seize on this moment to better integrate schools, report says
The report from A Plus Colorado offers several recommendations for how to do that.
February 26, 2018
Why this Denver elementary school has replaced detention with yoga
“I want to create a space where they can embody all these beautiful things of life."
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