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Adams 14 School District
June 21, 2018
Denver area charter prepares to expand into the suburbs, bringing a new option to Adams 14
KIPP is now designing the proposed preschool-12th grade school with Adams 14 parents.
June 13, 2018
Board president of troubled Adams 14 school district abruptly resigns
Timio Archuleta was part of a majority on the five-member board that has supported Superintendent Javier Abrego.
June 12, 2018
Adams 14 could get a grant to replace Commerce City elementary school with safety problems
Adams 14 must still figure out some details of how to come up with their $14 million match for the grant.
May 25, 2018
Adams 14 proposing expanding mindfulness and other programs for student well-being
The mindfulness program and a Random Acts of Kindness curriculum is already being used at a few schools.
May 24, 2018
Special education in tumult as Adams 14 faces resignations, parent complaints
Parents of students with special needs in Adams 14 say their children aren't receiving appropriate services.
May 9, 2018
Group studying Adams 14 recess recommends 20 minutes, training, and new equipment
The recess committee was convened after complaints about reduced time for recess this year.
May 7, 2018
Adams 14 keeps recess recommendations private ahead of board meeting
The Adams 14 school district won’t release recommendations on elementary school recess that were finalized in April.
On the Agenda
April 12, 2018
Adams 14 school board votes to give superintendent a raise with no prior notice
The board president cited a raise given to administrative staff in describing the raise for the superintendent.
March 15, 2018
Slow progress, many challenges: How Colorado schools on improvement plans are doing
Only some of the schools, including Adams City High School, must show improvement this year.
March 6, 2018
Adams 14 parents and community organizers want the school board to replace the superintendent or face consequences
Organizers say they will file petitions and gather signatures to recall three board members.
January 24, 2018
Parents will get face time with teachers in a Colorado district that had done away with conferences
The calendar for the 2018-19 school year was approved by the Adams 14 school board Tuesday and includes scheduled times for parent-teacher conferences.
January 18, 2018
Denver students taking longer to graduate, even as other districts report improvements
The Aurora and Westminster school districts are among those that posted some gains, while Denver Public Schools saw a decrease in the on-time graduation rate.
No time to play
January 12, 2018
Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.
A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid to devote more time to instruction.
January 10, 2018
There are more students from low-income families in many Denver area districts
Look up your Colorado school district's enrollment demographics for the 2017-18 school year.
year in review
December 21, 2017
Need for improvement drove many changes in Adams 14 in 2017
The Commerce City based Adams 14 school district is pushing changes that officials think will help drive up achievement soon.
a new plan
December 20, 2017
This Colorado school district was supposed to be a model for advancing biliteracy. Now it’s scaling back
The Adams 14 school district is ending its expansion of the biliteracy pathways that were expected to go from kindergarten through 12th grade.
November 10, 2017
No more parent-teacher conferences: Why one Colorado school district is going with an online data system instead
Parents in the Commerce City district of Adams 14 are concerned about the district's elimination of parent teacher conferences this year.
September 8, 2017
From passionate to politics-free, here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision
The response shows how school districts view their responsibilities when a divisive national policy change carries implications for many Colorado students and families.
August 30, 2017
Aurora Public Schools improves enough to dodge state action, mixed results elsewhere in new preliminary state ratings
Colorado released preliminary school and district ratings Wednesday showing some low-performing districts such as Aurora and Adams 14 improving.
August 29, 2017
Adams 14 district to keep closer eye on each school as part of state improvement plan
Adams 14 officials created a school monitoring tool that will have top district leaders visiting schools every week to keep track of how schools are doing.
On Close watch
August 17, 2017
State’s lowest performing schools and districts taking hard look at this year’s test data
School districts and schools that ran out of time on Colorado's accountability clock and are now on state improvement plans had mixed performance on state tests.
on to the work
June 15, 2017
State Board signs off on Adams 14, Adams City High School improvement plans
The Adams 14 School District will move forward with their plans to partner with Arizona-based Beyond Textbooks.
June 14, 2017
Adams 14 school improvement plan is back — with revisions — for key State Board of Education vote
The Colorado Board of Education is scheduled to hold a final vote on the Adams 14 district and high school improvement plan Thursday.
May 11, 2017
State board gives initial support to plan for struggling Adams 14 district and high school
Adams 14 received initial approval for a plan to partner with an Arizona-based company to improve district schools, but has to better define the company's role.
May 9, 2017
To counteract years of instability at Adams City HS, local and state officials are planning big changes
While balancing a need for change and a need for stability, lots of changes in store for the struggling Adams City High School in Commerce City.
May 1, 2017
How Adams 14 plans to give an outside company authority over some school management
The Adams 14 School District will use Beyond Textbooks to help run three schools next year.
April 25, 2017
Commerce City students march to district building asking for a voice in their struggling school’s future
Students from Adams City High School walked out Tuesday asking for the district to pick a principal for their school and to give them a voice in school plans.
March 24, 2017
How the Adams 14 school district is empowering parents to join the classroom
The Adams 14 School District started a pilot this year to help train parents to teach kids to learn to read and provide a path for them to become paraprofessionals.
year in review
December 19, 2016
Movers and shakers: Significant comings and goings in Colorado education in 2016
Turnover in the education commissioner job, a sabbatical for Denver's schools chief and upheaval in suburban school district leadership marked 2016.
December 13, 2016
Adams 14 will retain low rating, setting district up for state sanctions
The state will not change the performance rating for the Commerce City school district meaning the state will have to take action soon.
December 5, 2016
Search for new leader for struggling Adams City High School will continue
Adams 14 will reopen the search for a new principal at Adams City High School after failing to choose from three finalists.
November 16, 2016
Adams 14 district seeks input to pick principal for low-performing high school
Among the three finalists for the principal job of Adams City High School is Mark Roberts, the former principal of Aurora Central High School.
October 19, 2016
New Adams 14 school board member pledges open communication, transparency
An Adams County Sheriff’s deputy detective who years ago graduated from Adams City High School will be the newest board member for the Adams 14…
September 30, 2016
Another challenge for the Adams 14 school district: filling a board vacancy
The Adams 14 school board is taking applications to fill an empty seat on the five-member board.
September 30, 2016
New Adams 14 superintendent: We need to bring along our English language learners — quickly
The new superintendent for Adams 14, Javier Abrego, talks about his priorities for improving the district. First, he says, ELL students must master English in two years.
August 23, 2016
Why a group of Commerce City teachers spent a day asking parents how they could do their jobs better
The teachers are pushing for the district to adopt the “community school model,” which in part calls for more partnerships with nonprofit groups.
who's the boss?
July 13, 2016
Commerce City school board chooses Arizona educator to lead struggling district
The Adams 14 school board on Wednesday appointed Javier Abrego on a unanimous vote.
April 28, 2016
Adams 14 chief sole finalist for top job in Bay Area
Sanchez’s Adams 14 administration has recently come under fire from a community organization calling itself VozCatorce, or Voice14.
seal of disapproval
February 11, 2016
State board votes down resolution supporting new ‘seal of biliteracy’ on high school diplomas
Several board members said they support biliteracy, but cited a litany of concerns that led them to vote no.
Who's In Charge
January 30, 2015
Adams 14 moves to regain control of state-authorized charter school
The district had surrendered the school to the state Charter School Institute in 2011, but now hopes to bring it back into its control.
A new twist in turnaround
July 10, 2014
8 struggling schools opt in to Colorado’s new turnaround network
The state's first attempt to turnaround individual schools with chronic low performance launched quietly last month with a meeting among state, district and school officials. The group will meet quarterly to track progress.
June 23, 2014
Despite rosier state finances, many districts still face cuts
Districts around the state are finalizing their budgets and, despite an increase in funding, some are still facing cutbacks. According to the Colorado…
November 10, 2011
Free school breakfasts for all worth the cost, experts say
Increasing numbers of school officials throughout Colorado are concluding that free breakfast-in-the-classroom programs not only make good sense nutritionally, they make good sense financially and academically as well.
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