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January 7, 2015
First federal guidance on English learners in quarter century highlights access, communications
Districts and states must make sure English learners have access to all programs and are properly diagnosed with special needs.
what's the plan — stan?
August 19, 2014
As DPS looks to 2020, here are five things we’re watching for in the new Denver Plan
The Denver Plan, which comes in at just eight pages, is supposed to be more focused and community-friendly, district officials have said. This will be the third version of the plan, which was first published in 2005. The document, since the beginning, has meant to be equal parts road map and measuring stick for the urban school district.
August 19, 2014
DPS officials to unveil revised, slimmed down Denver Plan today
Superintendent Tom Boasberg, who will be flanked by community members, teachers, and students, is expected to present his district’s new strategic document this morning that will…
June 13, 2014
Boasberg shuffles leadership team
Denver Public Schools’ top boss has reshuffled his leadership team as the city’s school district moves toward rolling out its new strategic plan and after…
May 13, 2014
Tensions erupt at meeting to discuss future of embattled Denver high school
A proposal to turn the Manual High School campus over to a ninth grade academy for East and Manual students and a career and technical academy got an airing at a heated community meeting Monday night. Community members objected to the elimination of the current program and the impact on students.
Visit from the bigwig
May 8, 2014
Denver educators encourage Arne Duncan to cut bureaucracy, keep funding
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with teachers in Denver's pilot leadership program and some of the district's principals at Academia Ana Marie Sandoval in a whirlwind tour of some of Colorado's reform hot spots. Up for discussion were relations with teachers' unions, sustaining reforms beyond grants and cuts to government bureaucracy.
April 4, 2014
New Stapleton high school opens old wounds
The construction of a new high school in Stapleton has sparked a showdown between the district and one of the city's most vocal community. It has drawn attention to communication failures that other, less vocal communities have complained of for years.
March 25, 2014
After five years of Boasberg administration, cheers and jeers have piled up for Denver schools
As Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg heads toward the close of his fifth school year in office, five of his allies, critics and observers reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of his tenure.
January 22, 2014
Boasberg: Manual’s shortcomings are my responsibility
Denver's superintendent took full responsibility for the lackluster academic performance at a high school the district once promised would be the envy of reform efforts across the nation. "I own all of it," Tom Boasberg said in an interview with Chalkbeat Colorado. "I’m the leader of the school district. And Manual’s shortcomings are my responsibility."
Politics & Policy
January 10, 2014
Special Report: A promise unfulfilled at Manual High School
This special report on the past and present struggles of Manual High School was recognized as a finalist in an annual education reporting competition.
January 9, 2014
Missteps, red tape and lax oversight plagued Manual High School’s turnaround
Denver Public Schools has repeatedly taken actions to make it more difficult for Manual's staff to focus on their charge of building a strong school culture and boosting student achievement. The school district forced a rushed planning process to get the school off the ground, lost one school leader, and took a full school year to find a replacement, in the process leaving a vacuum that siphoned away early academic progress.
November 22, 2013
Reporter’s Notebook: The last laugh
There’s nothing unusual about a 4-3 vote for the Denver Public Schools board. The board’s current cohort, since 2011, has often found itself split along…
November 19, 2013
Superintendents ponder the path forward
State policymakers got a message Tuesday from some key Colorado superintendents – time and flexibility are needed to effectively implement education reform programs.
November 5, 2013
Supporters of DPS administration claim victory in board races
Updated. A lot. Denver voters decided the fate of DPS' reform agenda Tuesday when they cast their votes in four contests for school board.
October 30, 2013
A66 campaigns accelerate into final days
You may have more than trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell this week as Amendment 66 campaigners hit the streets for one last push. There’s also plenty of campaign chatter online, including a Halloween-themed video.
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