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September 10, 2014
Memphis school improvement efforts in spotlight as Duncan finishes back-to-school tour
"I moved to Memphis thinking I’d change lots of lives every year. But really, my life has been drastically changed," said teacher Brittany Ordue.
Steel City Turnaround
August 18, 2014
New Pueblo leader pledges to go through TCAP scores “child by child” in order to make gains
While the state is still months away from releasing its official ratings of schools and school districts, careful observers would note there isn't much good news in Pueblo's recent data.
August 14, 2014
Special Report: The struggles of Steel City’s turnaround
Pueblo City Schools officials will meet with the State Board of Education Thursday to discuss the district's improvement efforts. Here's a look at some of the issues.
Steel City Turnaround: Part 3
August 14, 2014
Facing a leadership transition and a looming deadline, an uncertain future for Pueblo
The handoff of responsibilities from one superintendent to another has highlighted the uncertainty that many Puebloans feel as officials stare down an extremely tight deadline — an uncertainty that’s been compounded by a lack of clarity around exactly what state intervention, which few in Pueblo would welcome, would look like if the city schools fail to pick themselves up.
Steel City Turnaround: Part 2
August 13, 2014
Cascading middle school crises at center of Pueblo’s challenges
Despite a renewed focus on the schools, today much of the district’s struggles to lift itself out of the red zone in the state’s accountability system can be traced to the dismal state of its middle schools. Three of the city’s six middle schools are on the state’s accountability watchlist, including Roncalli, which is now the lowest-performing middle school in the state.
Steel City Turnaround: Part 1
August 12, 2014
As the state’s accountability clock ticks down, a district struggles to move forward
Pueblo City Schools, which enrolls nearly 18,000 students, is the largest in the state to near the end of the state's accountability clock. Unless Pueblo’s most recent test scores — which will be released later this week — reflect significant gains, officials will have just a year to get the district into the state’s safe zone.
Say You'll Be There
January 31, 2014
On an upward trajectory, Adams 14 reaches out to community to earn back trust
Commerce City school officials hope by proving they've put in the initial work to boost academic achievement, the community will follow. They want the community's help in creating the necessary political and social environment to push the district over the finish line as it races to beat the Colorado "accountability clock."
January 24, 2014
Report: Colorado needs more, better turnaround leaders
Finding principals to successfully lead turnaround efforts in Colorado schools is proving difficult, according to a report issued this week by the Donnell-Kay…
January 14, 2014
Green Dot prepares to “transform” first school in Memphis
A conversation with Green Dot's Megan Quaile about why Green Dot chose Memphis, about finding the right people to turn around a high school, and on why Green Dot prefers to refer to it as "transforming" rather than "taking over" a school.
January 13, 2014
Tennessee earns mixed reviews on national education report card
Tennessee schools ranked low in academic achievement and school finance, but high in other policy areas in Education Week‘s annual Quality Counts report, released last week. Meanwhile,…
January 10, 2014
Pueblo City Schools’ superintendent to retire
Pueblo City Schools Superintendent Maggie Lopez will retire at the end of the school year, the district announced today. The retirement marks the end of…
December 18, 2013
Report: Poor oversight on Colorado turnaround effort
Fewer than half of all schools that received federal grant money in the first three years of the School Improvement programm outperformed the state average growth percentile, or how the state measures academic progress by students and their academic peers, a report from A+ Denver found.
November 13, 2013
State board to hear options for turnaround schools as ‘clock’ runs short for two
For the first time, the State Board of Education is hearing specific recommendations about its legal options and mandates when a school district is deemed failing for five years.
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.
May 16, 2013
After appellate court ruling, city finally hangs up 'turnaround' bid
The city is finally, officially calling off its quest to close 24 schools that a labor arbitrator ended nearly a year ago. After an arbitrator ruled that the city's plans to overhaul the schools using a process known as "turnaround" violated its contracts with the teachers and principals unions, the city filed suit, arguing that the issue wasn't fit for arbitration in the first place. A judge quickly ruled against the city, and the school closure plans were halted for the year. But the city appealed again, and today, the state's Appellate Court ruled again that the city's arguments were without merit. "The arbitrator neither exceeded his powers ... nor violated public policy in resolving the merits of the parties' disputes,” read the ruling by the panel of judges.
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