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Aurora Public Schools
January 26, 2016
College center, first of its kind in Aurora, puts students on path for life after high school
The center at Hinkley High School, the first of its kind in Aurora Public Schools, is supposed to take away the element of surprise when applying for college.
no holds barred
January 21, 2016
Aurora Central grad: ‘Stop feeling sorry’ for poor kids
Former Aurora Central student advocates for better student-teacher relationships and college prep courses.
January 12, 2016
At Aurora’s struggling schools, teachers say they don’t know how to teach state standards
Among the recommendations to fix some of Aurora's most at-risk schools: Give more planning time to teachers and rethink how English language learners are taught.
December 17, 2015
The cost of hiring an Aurora teacher away from another district school: $10,000
Aurora Public Schools officials hope their new and unusual policy will curb turnover after the start of school year.
moving the bar
December 11, 2015
PARCC data provides glimpse at school and district performance, but low participation clouds picture
School- and district-level PARCC results are now public, but questions persist about their value given low participation numbers in some areas.
December 3, 2015
State to Aurora: ‘Bold actions’ needed at Central to win support for innovation plan
The warning comes as teams of students, teachers, parents and community members are working to submit plans to the state they believe will improve struggling schools.
recipe for success
November 17, 2015
Principal of the Year on how standards, data and a social contract with her staff turned around a school
When Passchier arrived at Crawford in 2013, the school had been on the state’s academic watch list for three years. Since then, learning has improved.
November 4, 2015
Two incumbents, one newcomer win Aurora board seats
Aurora school board candidates Dan Jorgensen, Cathy Widman and Monica Colbert won seats on the Aurora school board Tuesday, beating out four other candidates.
November 3, 2015
Five things to watch on Election Day
Key issues to be decided in Tuesday's election include the Jefferson County recall, the makeup of Denver, Aurora and Douglas County school boards, and a Brighton bond.
On the trail
October 16, 2015
Aurora school board candidates, at forum, pitch few new ideas to improve schools
Few candidates were able to articulate any specific policy shift they would champion to reverse Aurora’s poor academic performance.
October 7, 2015
Coalition: Aurora could do more to improve chronically failing schools
“I hope this report helps the district,” an Aurora parent said. “I hope the district takes this seriously and does something. I really hope so.”
standing in the gap
October 1, 2015
Denver schools don’t have a lot of black teachers. Here are a few reasons why.
White students in Denver are 10 times more likely to be taught by a teacher of their own race than are either black or Latino students, records show.
September 28, 2015
Poll: Aurora voters support a tax increase even if the district isn’t doing enough to boost achievement
Like many school districts along the Front Range, Aurora has struggled in recent years with a growing at-risk student body.
September 16, 2015
At Aurora’s newest school, students taught life skills to become better learners and writers
Writing is hard. But at this new school in Aurora, students will be taught the social and emotional skills to over come pesky writer's block.
in the zone
September 8, 2015
Aurora officials moves forward with innovation plans, school board cautions for consensus
The idea is the Aurora schools will work together to boost student achievement at some of the district’s lowest performing schools.
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