Colorado school looks to raise scores by forgoing test prep
Amelia Hamilton | August 01, 2016|   0
M. Scott Carpenter Middle School, which serves 550 students in Colorado, will soon find out if a bold strategy to raise test scores has paid off. Under pressure to raise scores or face drastic changes, the school focused on more personal teaching and jettisoned traditional test prep. “I’m not nervous,” said principal Chadwick Anderson. “I like our […]
Aurora charter tops list of most-challenging high schools in Colorado
Aurora charter tops list of most-challenging high schools in Colorado
Johnny Kampis | August 01, 2016|   0
“We will continue to grow and inspire our scholars with our S.T.E.A.M. and college-prep curriculum and by meeting the needs of every scholar who enters our doors,” she said.
Unsung Hero: Former school board president fights for public records — and wins … sort of
Unsung Hero: Former school board president fights for public records — and wins … sort of
Arthur Kane | July 29, 2016|   0
A former school board member wanted to see what teachers and staff were paid and got a five-month battle instead.
Colorado opens door to online education
Colorado opens door to online education
C.S. Boddie | July 28, 2016|   0
Colorado has cracked open the door to multi-district online learning a little wider. The Colorado State Board of Education approved certification for two schools at its June meeting at Pueblo Community College, at the same meeting where it recognized three teachers and a counselor for excellence in blended and online education. Parents and students can […]
Colorado House candidate promotes school choice at RNC
Colorado House candidate promotes school choice at RNC
Heather Kays | July 22, 2016|   3
Casper Stockham, who is running for Congress in Colorado’s 1st District, worries that Centennial State voters don’t fully understand the benefits of school choice. He hopes to change that. In an interview with Watchdog while attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, the Air Force veteran and radio talk-show host conceded that Colorado conservatives love […]
Charter advocates hope favorable report leads to more equitable funding
Charter advocates hope favorable report leads to more equitable funding
Johnny Kampis | July 21, 2016|   4
“I think it’s an affirmation of what we’ve been saying this past legislative session,” Schaller added. “There’s no reason these schools should be funded any differently.”
Colorado delegate backs Trump, but doesn’t like continued criticism of state’s process
Colorado delegate backs Trump, but doesn’t like continued criticism of state’s process
Heather Kays | July 19, 2016|   29
CLEVELAND – Jimmy Sengenberger, an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention from Colorado, runs a charity called the Liberty Day Institute that aims to teach fifth graders about the Constitution. He wants to help kids understand their political system. He wants to help presidential candidates do the same. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump continues to take pot […]
Denver to strip nearly 50 teachers of tenure
Amelia Hamilton | July 15, 2016|   0
A Colorado educator-effectiveness law could mean that 47 Denver teachers will lose their tenured status and the protections it provides. These teachers have been rated ineffective at their jobs for two years in a row. Some worry that this will lead to higher turnover as teachers fear for their job security and choose to resign […]
Over-regulation threatens school choice in Colorado
Over-regulation threatens school choice in Colorado
John Bicknell | July 12, 2016|   7
School choice is under threat in Colorado, according to three advocates for public and private choice who spoke during a workshop at the recent Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Brittany Corona, director of state programs and government relations for the Friedman Foundation for Education Choice, Tilley Elvrum, president of Public SchoolOptions.org, and Laura Boggs, formerly a member […]
There’s HOPE for five Aurora charters, as state board overturns local closure
There’s HOPE for five Aurora charters, as state board overturns local closure
Johnny Kampis | July 08, 2016|   2
Board Member Pam Mazanec, a Republican, said she couldn’t “in good conscience close the door to this option for these students.”