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Aurora Central High School
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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2016
Teachers at four Aurora schools will vote on redesign plans this week
Aurora Central teachers, needing time to understand changes, will vote in March.
February 15, 2016
Meet the three students trying to reshape Aurora Central High
The students hope students, teachers and families can work together to foster relationships and boost student achievement at the Aurora high school.
February 5, 2016
The plan to revitalize Aurora’s schools: Longer days, new curriculum and more teacher training
Teachers at Aurora Central High School would also forfeit tenure and work under one-year contracts.
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 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.
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.
Questions and Answers
July 24, 2015
Aurora Central’s new principal: ‘I want to help this community’
Gerardo De La Garza replaces Mark Roberts as principal at Aurora Central High School, one of Colorado's lowest performing high schools.
March 19, 2015
Aurora Central High students: we’re not a failing school
Three junior girls say the state should look beyond Aurora Central's test scores to see the true value of the school.
February 18, 2015
Aurora chief will propose changes for struggling Central high school
The district's goal: come up with a local solution that will better student outcomes before the state intervenes.
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