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On the right track
2 days ago
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.
3 days ago
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…
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…
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.
June 9, 2017
Aurora school board: Judge us by our actions, not one board member’s words
Board member Cathy Wildman's comments about immigrants have proved challenging for the board.
June 7, 2017
DSST charter network would open four new schools in Aurora under staff recommendation
The two proposed DSST 6-12 campuses for Aurora got a green light Tuesday night as the district recommended the board approve the charter applications.
June 6, 2017
Aurora school board member facing criticism for comments about immigrants: “We have rules for a reason”
Aurora school board member Cathy Wildman responded during a board meeting Tuesday to criticism of her comments on immigrants.
Follow the money
May 23, 2017
Aurora Public Schools is cutting funding to six schools with special autonomy while it figures out a long-term fix
Aurora Public Schools found six schools that were getting more money than others: pilot schools that have district level autonomy.
May 16, 2017
Aurora school board approves resolution to protect immigrant students, though some raise questions
The resolution largely affirms practices the district already uses in dealing with immigrant students such as prohibiting the collection of their legal status.
May 10, 2017
State Board finalizes path for Aurora Central, HOPE Online schools
The state board voted to finalize improvement plans for Aurora Central High School and HOPE Online charter schools, giving them until 2019 to earn higher state ratings.
April 26, 2017
Parents, students press Aurora school district to pass resolution assuring safety of immigrant students
A group of parents and students have written a proposed resolution for Aurora Public Schools to ensure immigrant students and families are safe in schools.
April 19, 2017
Proposed Aurora budget cuts not as drastic as originally thought
Aurora Public Schools officials gave the school board a preview of the full budget draft that will be presented next month.
A reason to HOPE?
April 12, 2017
HOPE Online charter school would dodge closure under state plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe
The meeting with the state board comes after HOPE failed to improve during the last seven years.
April 12, 2017
Stay the course: Struggling Aurora Central will not face drastic state-ordered changes
Wednesday the Colorado State Board of Education directed staff to finalize a recommendation to allow Aurora Central High School to continue with their innovation plan.
staying the course
April 10, 2017
Why state education officials think Aurora Central’s latest reforms deserve more time
Aurora Central High School, facing state sanctions for low performance, could be allowed to continue work on reforms rolled out in the current school year.
April 5, 2017
Aurora district considering consequences for low-performing charter schools
Aurora Public Schools is drafting a policy to address how to assess charter school performance and how to tie consequences to those schools that don't meet expectations.
March 30, 2017
Colorado schools soon will be judged by a new measure: How many students are chronically absent
Colorado's decision to make chronic absenteeism one of the factors it uses in gauging school success could push more districts to adopt or expand programs to address it.
Two for one
March 29, 2017
DSST doesn’t want to open a new school in Aurora. The charter network wants to open two.
DSST submitted a charter application this month to open two new schools in Aurora. The application was deemed complete and accepted this week.
March 22, 2017
New report bemoans state of education in Aurora, but superintendent begs to differ
A follow-up to a report published in 2015 criticizing Aurora Public Schools, states not much is changing fast enough. The superintendent, Rico Munn, disagreed.
February 21, 2017
Full-day kindergarten among possible budget cuts in Aurora
Aurora Public Schools must cut about $31 million from their budget for the 2017-18 school year and one of the many options is cutting kindergarten to half day.
February 16, 2017
Silence, empty seats and solidarity in Colorado schools for a “Day Without Immigrants”
Attendance was down at many schools across Colorado as communities took part in a nationwide protest called a “Day Without Immigrants” Thursday.
January 25, 2017
Aurora schools weighing a long list of possible budget cuts for next year
The district says the cuts are necessary in part because of an enrollment decline.
working on the weekend
January 20, 2017
Teacher by day, waitress by night: Colorado teachers work second jobs to make ends meet
Eroding salaries, skyrocketing housing costs and a chronic statewide school funding crunch have pushed a surprising percentage of Colorado teachers to take second jobs.
finishing high school
January 19, 2017
Colorado’s graduation rate hits six-year high, with both big spikes and declines in metro Denver
The state’s graduation gap between students of color and their white students also narrowed slightly.
January 18, 2017
State board increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals, prompting Colorado districts to rethink their role
Meeting records show that the state Board of Education is increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals that come to them for a hearing.
New school option
January 4, 2017
Mike Miles, former superintendent in Colorado and Dallas, opening charter school in northwest Aurora
Mike Miles and other educators are getting ready to open the Academy of Advanced Learning in Aurora this fall.
a second look
January 3, 2017
Two Colorado districts plan to ask state board to up their quality ratings to stave off sanctions
Aurora and Westminster public schools were the only districts that filed the necessary paperwork by Tuesday.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Changing city, changing suburbs: A look back at important demographic shifts in our schools
Rising housing costs are driving low-income families out of Denver -- and parts of Aurora, too.
Questions of fairness
December 7, 2016
Aurora school board raises red flags about bringing DSST charter to district, but signs off on continuing negotiations
The school board for Aurora Public Schools discussed concerns including about the process of singling out one charter to invite into a partnership for a building.
Too much too fast?
December 6, 2016
Key piece of Aurora Central High School’s reform plan not yet in place
Aurora Central High School has been working on changes from an innovation plan to improve the school, but the change to the school's learning model hasn't happened.
November 30, 2016
Fixes underway to remedy high lead levels in Denver, Jeffco and Cherry Creek school water
Three of Colorado's largest school districts are making plumbing fixes in some buildings to address high lead levels in school water.
up to standards
November 22, 2016
Aurora Public Schools hopes a new curriculum — plus a new way of thinking — will equal better math students
Twenty-eight teachers in Aurora are piloting new math curriculum that is expected to better align with state standards and improve understanding of math content.
November 18, 2016
‘You’ve got to be able to talk about it.’ Getting beyond taunts and walkouts after Trump’s victory
Colorado educators say many students responded to the emotionally fraught presidential election outcome with civil conversations and honest questions.
November 8, 2016
Aurora voters largely supporting tax measure to build new schools
This story will be updated as election results start coming in. Early results show voters in Aurora largely supporting a measure to raise their…
All about the green
November 3, 2016
What you need to know about marijuana tax money and Colorado schools
Your questions about Colorado pot money for schools answered including who gets any and what it's used for.
'oscars of teaching'
October 26, 2016
Surprise! Aurora third-grade teacher named winner of $25,000 Milken Educator Award
A third-grade teacher from Aurora's Elkhart Elementary School will get a $25,000 check as part of the Milken Educator Award.
October 25, 2016
Meet Lamont Browne, the man overseeing Aurora Public Schools’ boldest reforms yet
Aurora Public Schools hired Lamont Browne, a former charter school director, to lead the district's efforts with charter schools and the district's innovation zone.
October 6, 2016
Aurora’s shrinking enrollment: District blames gentrification, prepares to cut budget
Aurora schools have not enrolled as many students as expected this year and officials are blaming rising housing costs and gentrification.
October 5, 2016
More Aurora schools slip onto the state’s academic watch list
Aurora officials presented preliminary state ratings to the board, showing six schools are off the watch list for poor performance, while others were added to the list.
State test growth results
September 21, 2016
Long-struggling Aurora middle school shows gains, offering hope for broader district plan
Boston K-8 is part of Aurora's innovation zone, a strategy to improve low performing schools.
September 20, 2016
Latest Colorado test results provide long-awaited glimpse at how students are growing academically
Newly released state test results measuring students’ academic growth show strong progress for Denver Public Schools in English, slow going for Aurora Public Schools…
August 18, 2016
Denver’s largest charter school network, DSST, eyes expansion to Aurora
Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn is proposing that the DSST charter network open a new school for grades six through 12 in northwest Aurora.
Bond - school bond
August 17, 2016
Aurora Public Schools asking voters to approve $300 million bond package
The package includes a new Mrachek middle school, which will be built in part by a state grant.
August 17, 2016
Aurora school board censures embattled member Eric Nelson
An independent report in June found that Nelson falsified his academic history, was dishonest about his military background and embellished other parts of his resume.
August 3, 2016
Aurora school board limits embattled Nelson’s role, censure vote to come
Aurora school board Eric Nelson was stripped of his secretary title and will no longer be allowed to use a district credit card for expenses.
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