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February 14, 2018
Five groups may present charter applications this year to open in Aurora
Last year Aurora Public Schools only considered one charter school application. This year there could be five.
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February 14, 2018
Pushing past assumptions: For this Colorado school psychologist, a language difference is not a disability
A Colorado school psychologist talks about how she distinguishes between a language difference and a disability, and how she reached a student tired of testing.
February 12, 2018
Aurora superintendent says no to charter school locating near marijuana shop
The site Vega Collegiate Academy picked to relocate to would be about 300 feet from a Starbuds dispensary in Aurora.
February 8, 2018
Report: Districts can do more to give black and Hispanic students access to college courses
The group's recommendations and a bill lawmakers are considering both seek to increase awareness of concurrent enrollment courses for high school students.
February 6, 2018
Aurora school board rejects superintendent’s proposal in first big decision on school turnaround
The school board for Aurora Public Schools rejected the superintendent's recommendation for a turnaround plan at Lyn Knoll Elementary.
February 2, 2018
New site announced for first Aurora DSST charter school
DSST's first Aurora school will now be located on the Fitzsimons campus, not next to Fletcher Community School.
Lost in Translation
January 29, 2018
Aurora parents who need translation services describe tears, missed connections, and a bureaucratic tangle
Parents in Aurora Public Schools are asking district officials to make changes that will make it easier for them to access translation and interpretation services.
January 19, 2018
Aurora recommends interventions in one elementary school, while another gets more time
Aurora Public School officials will recommend a turnaround plan for Lynn Knoll Elementary to hire an outside management company.
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.
January 10, 2018
Aurora school district has more money than expected this year
Aurora Public Schools officials plan to use the one-time unexpected money for curriculum, to increase reserves, and to pay for a teacher pay raise among other things.
January 9, 2018
Charter and online schools report the largest increase in students in Colorado
The number of students in Colorado's public schools this year increased compared to last year, but by a much smaller number than in previous years.
year in review
December 22, 2017
State leaders took a hard look at the teacher shortage in 2017
The problem of teacher shortages has plagued some Colorado school districts for years, but it reached a tipping point of sorts in 2017.
year in review
December 20, 2017
Aurora school district saw accountability, charter and budget changes in 2017
Here are some of the changes that topped the news from Aurora Public Schools this year with links to anything you might have missed.
December 15, 2017
I’m a black male teen in Aurora, and I see how the ‘achievement gap’ forms
A senior at Aurora's Rangeview High School describes how many teachers have stereotyped him about drugs, hip-hop and more — influencing how he thinks about school.
December 14, 2017
Struggling Aurora elementary school gets creative to improve — but bigger changes may be coming
Aurora Public Schools may recommend intervention plans as soon as next month for the district's lowest performing schools including Paris Elementary.
December 8, 2017
In election of big spending, winning Aurora candidates spent less but got outside help
School board candidates and outside committees filed their final campaign spending reports this week showing that Aurora's winning candidates individually were outspent.
December 7, 2017
‘Low pay and low prestige’: How Colorado superintendents want to lift the teaching profession
With a new state strategic plan out proposing solutions to teachers shortages in Colorado, the discussion is heating up.
making it official
November 28, 2017
New Aurora school board members sworn in, take over leadership positions
Aurora Public Schools has a new board after the four people elected earlier this month were sworn in on Tuesday.
November 20, 2017
Building a teacher pipeline: How one Aurora school has become a training ground for aspiring teachers
Aurora leaders are trying to create a teacher pipeline from a new partnership at Elkhart Elementary School that brings in student teachers with paraprofessional jobs.
terms of the deal
November 14, 2017
Aurora school board approves contract for district’s first DSST campus
The school board for Aurora Public Schools approved the contract for the first DSST campus outside of Denver.
raising the curtain
November 14, 2017
Aurora high school students started rehearsing a musical about an earlier time — and discovered ‘harsh truths’ about today
Performing arts students at Hinkley High School in Aurora found a place to discuss issues of race in America as they came together to prepare a performance of Ragtime.
November 8, 2017
Union-backed candidates prevail in Aurora — and all sides downplay prospect of big immediate change
Aurora Public Schools may see changes with the result of Tuesday's school board election, but for now officials say they're not concerned and will work together.
November 7, 2017
Aurora’s union-backed school board slate prevails, putting district on uncertain path
Tuesday's election results in Aurora will have a big impact on the school board of Aurora Public Schools.
referendum on reform
November 4, 2017
Aurora school board candidate dollars trickle in as most money in race is coming from outside groups
Although independent committees are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Aurora school board campaign, candidates' individual donations are slowing.
Colorado Votes 2017
November 4, 2017
Your one-stop guide to the 2017 Aurora school board races
Many people wait to vote, so we thought it’d be helpful to put our most essential coverage of races in Aurora all in one place.
November 3, 2017
Less is more: Aurora principals simplify their school improvement efforts
Five Aurora schools are working on more narrow goals this year as part of their improvement efforts and they're starting to see results.
October 31, 2017
Spending on Colorado school board races by outside groups surpasses $1.5 million
With seven days left until the election, here’s a look at how much money committees have spent on school board races in three Colorado school districts.
October 26, 2017
One guarantee in Aurora’s school board election: Change is on the way
The school board race in Aurora Public Schools is seeing new voices, new issues and new money, as the direction of the district is on the line.
October 25, 2017
Aurora school district looking at enrollment challenges, sees need for new plan
Aurora Public Schools will gather input to draft a strategic plan to guide the district as it deals with different enrollment and building capacity issues in the future.
October 18, 2017
Aurora school board campaigns pulling in money from big names
Aurora's school board candidates have raised almost $50,000 in campaign donations, including from some new funders who are longtime contributors in Denver.
Follow the money
October 17, 2017
Groups with a stake in Colorado’s school board elections raise $1.5 million to influence them
Teachers unions and education reformers are again throwing their efforts — and money — into high-profile races in Denver, Aurora, Dougco and elsewhere.
October 10, 2017
Aurora school enrollment continues sharp decline, but budget woes not expected
This year Aurora Public Schools has enrolled 867 students less than last year — almost twice the number of students lost between 2015 and 2016.
Colorado Votes 2017
October 5, 2017
We asked the 2017 Aurora school board candidates nine questions. Here are their responses.
Four of the seven seats on the Aurora school board are up for election, meaning the majority of the board could be new and could change the direction of the district.
October 3, 2017
Security measures at Aurora schools are supposed to protect kids, but are they scaring away some of their parents?
All Aurora schools this year are asking visitors to present a photo ID to enter a school.
September 27, 2017
In Aurora and Sheridan, differing visions of how school boards should represent
Aurora and Sheridan school districts have very different representation plans and each have faced their own challenges in making sure everyone is represented.
September 22, 2017
Aurora Public Schools’ principals more racially diverse this year, but district still lagging behind
Educator diversity hasn't increased much in Aurora, but small increases have been made in the number of principals of color leading Aurora schools.
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.
September 5, 2017
Four Aurora school board candidates win union endorsement
The Aurora Education Association is endorsing four new candidates for the Aurora school board in this November's election.
September 1, 2017
Aurora school board up for possible big changes with only one incumbent seeking re-election
Aurora voters will choose four school board members this November from seven new candidates and one incumbent.
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 22, 2017
How five Aurora schools in an “innovation zone” are making budget decisions to meet their own needs
Five schools in northwest Aurora in the district's innovation zone have a redesigned budget specific to their needs as they start a second year of innovation.
On the right track
August 17, 2017
Aurora state test results mostly moving in positive direction
Aurora schools showed improvements in growth and in the number of students meeting expectations on state tests, though they still have low numbers of proficiency.
August 17, 2017
Colorado state test scores inch up, but wide socioeconomic gaps remain
Three years after Colorado introduced new, more demanding standardized tests, student performance statewide is slowly ticking up, according to data released Thursday. Most students still…
August 14, 2017
New online map puts Aurora school information in one place
Aurora Public Schools launched a map on their website that points families to various information about each school they click on.
searching for leaders
August 9, 2017
How an Aurora high school in an “innovation zone” took a new approach to hiring a principal
Aurora West College Preparatory Academy got a new principal this year, and students, parents, teachers and staff members helped find her.
August 4, 2017
New Aurora union president: We need to look out for young teachers, improve relations with the district
Keeping and developing teachers are among Bruce Wilcox's top priorities.
Lease for scholarships
July 6, 2017
Aurora Public Schools, CSU online degree program hammering out details of new partnership
Seven months after voters backed the project as part of a $300 million bond package, Aurora Public Schools and Colorado State University are negotiating terms…
Follow the money
June 30, 2017
How much money does Aurora Public Schools spend and on what? New online tool has answers.
Aurora Public Schools launched a webpage to help the public learn about the district's budget in an interactive way.
A new responsibility
June 23, 2017
In first for Aurora, charter school to run center for special education students
Rocky Mountain Prep, the charter taking over Fletcher Community School, will operate the school's program for students with autism when the transition is complete.
June 20, 2017
Aurora school board votes to approve DSST charter schools
The school board for Aurora Public Schools voted Tuesday night to allow DSST to open schools in Aurora.
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