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Aurora Public Schools
2 days ago
New report bemoans state of education in Aurora, but superintendent begs to differ
A follow-up to a report published in 2015 criticizing Aurora Public Schools, states not much is changing fast enough. The superintendent, Rico Munn, disagreed.
February 21, 2017
Full-day kindergarten among possible budget cuts in Aurora
Aurora Public Schools must cut about $31 million from their budget for the 2017-18 school year and one of the many options is cutting kindergarten to half day.
February 16, 2017
Silence, empty seats and solidarity in Colorado schools for a “Day Without Immigrants”
Attendance was down at many schools across Colorado as communities took part in a nationwide protest called a “Day Without Immigrants” Thursday.
January 25, 2017
Aurora schools weighing a long list of possible budget cuts for next year
The district says the cuts are necessary in part because of an enrollment decline.
working on the weekend
January 20, 2017
Teacher by day, waitress by night: Colorado teachers work second jobs to make ends meet
Eroding salaries, skyrocketing housing costs and a chronic statewide school funding crunch have pushed a surprising percentage of Colorado teachers to take second jobs.
finishing high school
January 19, 2017
Colorado’s graduation rate hits six-year high, with both big spikes and declines in metro Denver
The state’s graduation gap between students of color and their white students also narrowed slightly.
January 18, 2017
State board increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals, prompting Colorado districts to rethink their role
Meeting records show that the state Board of Education is increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals that come to them for a hearing.
New school option
January 4, 2017
Mike Miles, former superintendent in Colorado and Dallas, opening charter school in northwest Aurora
Mike Miles and other educators are getting ready to open the Academy of Advanced Learning in Aurora this fall.
a second look
January 3, 2017
Two Colorado districts plan to ask state board to up their quality ratings to stave off sanctions
Aurora and Westminster public schools were the only districts that filed the necessary paperwork by Tuesday.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Changing city, changing suburbs: A look back at important demographic shifts in our schools
Rising housing costs are driving low-income families out of Denver -- and parts of Aurora, too.
Questions of fairness
December 7, 2016
Aurora school board raises red flags about bringing DSST charter to district, but signs off on continuing negotiations
The school board for Aurora Public Schools discussed concerns including about the process of singling out one charter to invite into a partnership for a building.
Too much too fast?
December 6, 2016
Key piece of Aurora Central High School’s reform plan not yet in place
Aurora Central High School has been working on changes from an innovation plan to improve the school, but the change to the school's learning model hasn't happened.
November 30, 2016
Fixes underway to remedy high lead levels in Denver, Jeffco and Cherry Creek school water
Three of Colorado's largest school districts are making plumbing fixes in some buildings to address high lead levels in school water.
up to standards
November 22, 2016
Aurora Public Schools hopes a new curriculum — plus a new way of thinking — will equal better math students
Twenty-eight teachers in Aurora are piloting new math curriculum that is expected to better align with state standards and improve understanding of math content.
November 18, 2016
‘You’ve got to be able to talk about it.’ Getting beyond taunts and walkouts after Trump’s victory
Colorado educators say many students responded to the emotionally fraught presidential election outcome with civil conversations and honest questions.
November 8, 2016
Aurora voters largely supporting tax measure to build new schools
This story will be updated as election results start coming in. Early results show voters in Aurora largely supporting a measure to raise their…
All about the green
November 3, 2016
What you need to know about marijuana tax money and Colorado schools
Your questions about Colorado pot money for schools answered including who gets any and what it's used for.
'oscars of teaching'
October 26, 2016
Surprise! Aurora third-grade teacher named winner of $25,000 Milken Educator Award
A third-grade teacher from Aurora's Elkhart Elementary School will get a $25,000 check as part of the Milken Educator Award.
October 25, 2016
Meet Lamont Browne, the man overseeing Aurora Public Schools’ boldest reforms yet
Aurora Public Schools hired Lamont Browne, a former charter school director, to lead the district's efforts with charter schools and the district's innovation zone.
October 6, 2016
Aurora’s shrinking enrollment: District blames gentrification, prepares to cut budget
Aurora schools have not enrolled as many students as expected this year and officials are blaming rising housing costs and gentrification.
October 5, 2016
More Aurora schools slip onto the state’s academic watch list
Aurora officials presented preliminary state ratings to the board, showing six schools are off the watch list for poor performance, while others were added to the list.
State test growth results
September 21, 2016
Long-struggling Aurora middle school shows gains, offering hope for broader district plan
Boston K-8 is part of Aurora's innovation zone, a strategy to improve low performing schools.
September 20, 2016
Latest Colorado test results provide long-awaited glimpse at how students are growing academically
Newly released state test results measuring students’ academic growth show strong progress for Denver Public Schools in English, slow going for Aurora Public Schools…
August 18, 2016
Denver’s largest charter school network, DSST, eyes expansion to Aurora
Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn is proposing that the DSST charter network open a new school for grades six through 12 in northwest Aurora.
Bond - school bond
August 17, 2016
Aurora Public Schools asking voters to approve $300 million bond package
The package includes a new Mrachek middle school, which will be built in part by a state grant.
August 17, 2016
Aurora school board censures embattled member Eric Nelson
An independent report in June found that Nelson falsified his academic history, was dishonest about his military background and embellished other parts of his resume.
August 3, 2016
Aurora school board limits embattled Nelson’s role, censure vote to come
Aurora school board Eric Nelson was stripped of his secretary title and will no longer be allowed to use a district credit card for expenses.
August 1, 2016
Aurora Public Schools investigated a school board member accused of lying on his resume. Here’s what they found.
The investigator’s report provides the most definitive proof that Nelson fabricated many lines on his resume.
hope for hope
July 7, 2016
HOPE Online gets reprieve from State Board, will continue operating in Aurora
State Board members said they voted to keep HOPE Online open in Aurora in order to respect parent choice.
June 22, 2016
Aurora school board approves charter school being eyed as replacement for struggling elementary
The seven-member board voted 4-3 to approve Rocky Mountain Prep’s charter application.
June 21, 2016
Principal tasked with improving — and closing — Aurora elementary school: I have to give teachers hope
Jill Lliteras, a district veteran, has been charged with improving and closing a struggling Aurora elementary school to be handed over to a charter school network.
June 20, 2016
Aurora school board president plans to call for resignation of embattled member Eric Nelson
Nelson said last week he has no plans to resign. He did not return a request for comment Monday.
June 14, 2016
Aurora school board to investigate member who allegedly misrepresented his education background
The board can censure members but not remove them.
One More Year
June 8, 2016
Aurora may grant reprieve to struggling elementary school facing charter takeover
The school board raised a variety of concerns and asked the district and charter to return to its June 21 meeting with an updated charter application and contract.
Out of time
June 7, 2016
Aurora school board votes to oust HOPE Online from district boundaries
The Aurora school board unanimously decided Tuesday to end its relationship with HOPE Online Learning Academy. But the charter will appeal to the State Board of Education.
June 1, 2016
Why Aurora’s superintendent wants to close HOPE Online’s campuses in his district
Munn’s proposal raises a decade-old question in Colorado and around the nation about the quality of instruction that online schools provide.
Failure to launch
May 17, 2016
Freeing failing schools from bureaucracy hasn’t worked as hoped. So why is Colorado still doing it?
The state's 2008 innovation law was considered an education reform policy win.
aint over til its over
May 11, 2016
State board approves Aurora school redesigns, but Aurora Central isn’t off the hook
The meeting also set up a new debate about how the state will address dozens of failing Colorado schools that have reached the end of the state’s accountability timeline.
meet the new boss
April 25, 2016
Interim principal tapped to lead Aurora Central on permanent basis
Before taking over Aurora Central on an interim basis last this fall, De la Garza previously spent nine years as principal at North Middle School.
last piece of the puzzle
April 20, 2016
Aurora school board OKs overhaul for fifth school
Pending expected approval by the State Board of Education next month, Aurora West will join four other schools in Aurora to form the district’s first “innovation zone.”
stuck in the middle
April 18, 2016
Can Aurora boost its lackluster graduation rate by improving its middle schools?
The stakes are high: A failure to engage students in the sixth and seventh grades often leads to more dropouts in high schools, research shows.
A new wrinkle
April 6, 2016
Struggling Aurora elementary school may be turned over to a charter network
Superintendent Rico Munn told his school board that APS officials had done all they could to improve the school and it was time to look outside the district.
a matter of time
March 30, 2016
Snow days: Children cheer, some parents jeer and schools make tough decisions about lost class time
With an unusually high number of snow days in some Front Range districts this year, administrators are grappling with how to make up for lost instruction.
double the fun
March 24, 2016
Can — and should — Colorado teachers serve on local school boards?
There's no law prohibiting teachers or school district employees from serving on their school board.
March 23, 2016
Why choosing the right principal is so crucial for Aurora Central’s future
The new Aurora Central principal will be tasked with navigating uncharted territory in the state’s fifth largest school district.
mind the gap
March 22, 2016
Denver and Aurora achievement gaps among nation’s widest, index finds
Both Denver and Aurora public schools were recognized for narrowing achievement gaps by one measure.
March 15, 2016
Aurora school board OKs overhaul at three at-risk schools
The Aurora school board has also scheduled a special meeting for March 22 to vote on the Aurora Central plan.
Seal of approval
March 9, 2016
After some doubt, teachers and staff at Aurora Central approve overhaul plan
The plan to reboot Aurora Central High must still be approved by the school board and State Board of Education.
March 2, 2016
To help more students graduate on time, this Aurora high school is staying open late
Hinkley High's on-time graduation rate is 60 percent. It's new night school aims to improve those numbers.
February 26, 2016
Teachers at three struggling Aurora schools approve redesign plans
Teachers at a fourth, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, rejected a similar plan.
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