From turnaround to meeting expectations: A Denver charter success story
From turnaround to meeting expectations: A Denver charter success story
Johnny Kampis | October 28, 2016
“You no longer get to say our students are poor. Our students don’t speak English. We have a mobile population,” she said. “I think that’s the story and that’s the lesson. What does a school do and what does a district do to get excuses out of the way and focus on what schools can control?”
Will Colorado voters amend state constitution to boost tobacco taxes?
Will Colorado voters amend state constitution to boost tobacco taxes?
Erin Clark | October 27, 2016
When states go looking for cash, the pockets of smokers is a favorite place to start. Now Colorado is adding a wrinkle to that hardy perennial. When Centennial State voters head to the polls Nov. 8, they will vote on an initiative — Amendment 72 — that would impose $315.7 million in new taxes on […]
Survey looks into health factors at Colorado schools
Amelia Hamilton | October 12, 2016
A school health survey looked at how Colorado schools attend to the physical well-being of the students they serve.
How a failed infrastructure project dragged down five cities
Contributor | October 11, 2016
By Joshua Sharf Special to Watchdog.org Eight years ago, it won an industry award for innovative problem-solving. Now, it may bankrupt the power authority it was intended to save. In 2004, the member cities of the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) – a small regional power authority encompassing seven small towns on the plains of […]
San Antonio homes in on $250K Portland consultant
San Antonio homes in on $250K Portland consultant
Kenric Ward | October 10, 2016
Embarking on municipal housing initiatives, San Antonio officials are purchasing advice from an Oregon consultant promoting new waves of dense development with a random racial rant.
Innovation, transparency crucial to evolving charter school application process
Innovation, transparency crucial to evolving charter school application process
Heather Kays | October 10, 2016
As charter school opponents struggle to stem the tide of support for educational choice, they're scrutinizing school application forms in search of "exclusionary" language.
More Colorado schools added to academic watch list
Amelia Hamilton | October 05, 2016
While six Aurora, Colorado, schools have been removed from the state’s academic watch list, seven others have been added. Nineteen Aurora schools have been flagged so far this year for low test scores, more than three times the number that were on the watch list three years ago, when Superintendent Rico Munn was hired. Munn said it is “too […]
Colorado school’s apprenticeship program provides ‘jobs with potential’
Amelia Hamilton | September 27, 2016
A Colorado high school has created a program to give kids work experience before graduation through an apprenticeship program. Last October, Wiggins High School students partnered with area businesses to allow students to work part-time for both pay and school credit in conjunction with job-skill classes. “The idea is that they’re getting soft skills, they’re getting […]
Colorado’s largest charter school pushing creativity in new facility
Colorado’s largest charter school pushing creativity in new facility
Johnny Kampis | September 22, 2016
“We want to make sure the first question [teachers] ask and the last question they ask is what’s best for the students,” Cochran said.
Educators promote healthier lifestyles in Colorado’s public charter schools
Educators promote healthier lifestyles in Colorado’s public charter schools
Johnny Kampis | September 16, 2016
“We’re having a completely different conversation than we were 13 years ago,” Wikstrom said. “We’ve been able to raise awareness. We’ve been able to connect schools to training.”