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Aurora Public Schools
May 14, 2018
Aurora school board to consider one-year charter contract for school with conflict of interest
The Vanguard Classical School is well-performing, but a new district review process has flagged conflicts of interest.
trading for tuition
May 7, 2018
New deal gives Aurora staff and graduates discounted college tuition at one online school
To get the discounts, Aurora Public Schools will pay for construction of a new building for CSU-Global.
May 3, 2018
Aurora school district’s draft budget for next year includes proposed salary increases and principal training
The final budget will be up for a board vote in June.
April 27, 2018
Parents in one Aurora high school are visiting classes and giving teachers feedback
The goal is to involve parents in helping close the school's largest achievement gap.
April 25, 2018
Language in contract for Aurora teachers changed conversations about walkouts
Aurora teachers have a cap on how many can take leave on any given day, which presented a challenge for this week's walk outs.
April 17, 2018
In renewing superintendent’s contract, Aurora board president says he didn’t run to ‘fire Rico’
The board had allowed a draft contract to proceed on first reading, but Tuesday was the first time they talked about it, just before their final vote.
April 13, 2018
Rico Munn’s inner circle: Meet the team leading Aurora’s district improvements
A final vote on Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn's contract extension is expected Tuesday.
April 12, 2018
As Aurora district is crafting next year’s budget, coaches who turn new technology into engaging lessons are going away
The district describes the change as a shift to embed the personalized learning into other roles.
April 7, 2018
What’s next for Colorado schools ‘on the clock’? This bill would show the way
Colorado's school accountability law is silent about what should happen if students still aren’t learning in the years following state intervention.
April 4, 2018
Responsibility for translation and interpretation can’t fall to students, according to new Aurora policy
The policy was written after parents asked the district and school board to improve services.
April 4, 2018
Aurora school board moves forward with two year extension for superintendent’s contract
The Aurora school board did not discuss the contract extension Tuesday but will vote at the next meeting.
April 3, 2018
7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students
As educators debate harsh school discipline nationwide, here's a look at which Colorado districts are suspending young children at the highest rates.
Q & A
March 30, 2018
Meet Aurora’s new chief academic officer, whose plans include more training for principals
Andre Wright was previously one of the district's learning community directors overseeing 10 schools.
March 28, 2018
To close persistent disparities in discipline, some Aurora teachers are confronting racial bias
The most focused work on the issue is led at 13 Aurora schools and paid for by the Denver Foundation.
March 21, 2018
Aurora’s superintendent will get a contract extension
The Aurora school board president made the announcement Tuesday. Details of the offer aren't yet available.
March 9, 2018
Struggling Aurora elementary must decide next steps on recommendations
The joint steering committee presented recommendations to the Aurora school board this week.
Give and take
February 26, 2018
Aurora district may start sharing local dollars with charters a year early, in exchange for higher fees
The plan would help the district comply with last year's law requiring districts share their local tax increases.
February 23, 2018
Aurora budget talks devolve into charter school spat
Things turned when the discussion morphed into speculations about Aurora's interest in charters.
February 22, 2018
House call: One struggling Aurora high school has moved parent-teacher conferences to family homes
Aurora Central High School has logged more than 400 home visits with parents this year.
intent to apply
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.
How I Help
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.
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.
Updated November 9, 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.
Updated November 8, 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.
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