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Board members said Academy 360 deserves a chance to boost student test scores, especially considering that the school provides mental health support to students and families that one board member called essential.

Only the three new board members set to be sworn in later this month will be eligible for the higher pay. Sitting board members can’t vote to raise their own pay.

“Are we sure this is going to make things better?” one board member asked.

The board is set to vote on the proposal Nov. 16, after next week’s school board election but before new board members are sworn in.

Three of the seven Denver school board seats are up for grabs Nov. 7.

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Anderson says he is entitled to reimbursement for legal expenses related to a 2021 investigation. The district won’t release the terms of the agreement.

Slutzker said he believes it’s important for district decision-makers to listen to teachers. “They’re the experts,” he said.

Board President Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán said the limits are meant to respect the time of board members and Denver Public Schools staff.

De La Rosa will face incumbent Charmaine Lindsay and opponent Adam Slutzker to represent District 5 on the school board.

Board VP Auon’tai Anderson and two other board members had requested the board vote to suspend its policy barring board members from working for DPS.

Board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said he’d like to take a job with DPS before his board term ends in November.

For months, Denver fought to keep the meeting private. Here’s what the recording shows. 

The Aurora school board is scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss a discrimination complaint brought by former Superintendent Rico Munn. Two investigations reached different conclusions.

The board voted in public Wednesday after coming out of a closed-door session.

A judge had ordered DPS to release the recording at noon Monday, but the school district’s appeal puts the process on hold.

Colorado’s open meetings law says the ‘formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret.’

The district’s top leader is retiring. Since Pat Sandos’ announcement, the school board is dealing with accusations of bribery, petitions to speed Sandos’ departure, and a delay in naming a replacement.

He has advocated for curtailing school autonomy and bringing police officers back to schools.