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Aurora Public Schools
2 days ago
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…
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.
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