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Aurora Public Schools
December 17, 2014
Aurora board takes half-step to help cashless charter school
While several board members aired their skepticism about granting a one-year extension to the school, the board unanimously agreed to allow the district and AXL to further develop a plan that would close a $632,000 shortfall and set the charter school on a path toward fiscal and academic prosperity.
dollars and sense
December 16, 2014
Aurora school board to decide fate of cash-strapped charter school
According to the AXL Academy charter school officials' remarks at a recent APS school board meeting and in subsequent interviews with Chalkbeat Colorado, it appears most of the school's leaders, its board, and district officials were kept in the dark about the student and financial shortfall until after the state's official count day in October.
December 4, 2014
Aurora schools ramp up truancy interventions to keep students out of court
Aurora Public Schools students who rack up more than four unexcused absences are considered truant. At Aurora Central High, the average student is likely to miss six times as many days, according to attendance data collected by the state. The school, mostly poor students of color with limited English skills, has the tenth highest truancy rate of any school in the entire state.
November 25, 2014
Aurora OKs boundary lines for new school; most students will be behind grade level
At least half of the students who are expected to attend new combined elementary and middle school will be below grade-level in language arts and math, according to a sample compiled by Aurora officials. They will also be mostly Latino and poor.
learning on the move
October 21, 2014
Fresh air, exercise and a dose of learning
A growing program called The Walking Classroom allows Colorado students to listen to podcasts on standards-aligned academic content while taking a walk outside.
Dial 'R' for Resilience
September 4, 2014
Aurora breaks ground on new school and hopes it struck gold with ‘resilient’ model
District and school officials broke ground at the new school's campus Wednesday evening. So as crane operators and construction crews begin to lay the physical foundation, school principal Carrie Clark is laying the instructional foundation blocks away in a nondescript office.
August 20, 2014
Charter school for teen parents finalizes location in northwest Aurora
A new charter school for pregnant and parenting teens will open in the fall of 2015 in a new building that will be constructed on the site of a former bowling alley on the west side of Aurora.
August 6, 2014
Some districts shine, others falter in coupling of learning and online media
School districts around Colorado are taking a variety of approaches to balance two sometimes competing concerns: how do you meet students’ and teachers’ need for increased access to educational technology and online media while simultaneously protecting their privacy?
Who ya gonna call?
August 5, 2014
A bureaucratic shuffle in Aurora to help schools get the support they need
The decision to restructure the district's support services and link schools in communities that serve various grades has been months in the making. The impetus came from an informal listening tour hosted by APS's newest academic executive, Youngquist, and research from the University of Washington. The aim is to boost student achievement and make life a little easier for school principals and teachers.
August 1, 2014
New programs for teen parents on the way in Aurora
Three new programs for pregnant and parenting teens will unfold over the next 12 months in Aurora with the goal of expanding educational opportunities for a group with historically low graduation rates.
Chart(er)ing a new path
June 18, 2014
In Aurora, new charter school signals change in headwinds
When Montessori del Mundo opens Aug. 18 it will be the first charter school to open within the Aurora Public Schools boundaries since 2008.
March 13, 2014
Denver releases new opt-out guidance for schools after parent conflict
Denver Public Schools officials on Wednesday evening issued new guidelines for how schools should treat families who have opted-out of state assessments after a conflict between a parent and the principal at a Hilltop neighborhood middle school.
Politics & Policy
March 3, 2014
For low-performing schools, a crucial roadmap
A Unified Improvement Plan, whether for an individual campus or an entire district, is meant to be a living document often referred to during conversations between school leaders and teachers, central administrators and board members. The intent is to keep focus on those goals educators believe will dramatically increase student performance and let all else fall by the wayside, said John Youngquist, Aurora's chief academic officer.
February 27, 2014
New school-based clinics in Aurora
Obamacare is best known for efforts to expand health insurance coverage, but the Affordable Care Act also provides capital funds for school-based health clinics. Aurora…
January 30, 2014
New program reduces disciplinary infractions, but racial disparity persists
Aurora Public Schools officials are celebrating its implementation of restorative justice. Since the district began using the program suspensions and expulsions have dropped by 2 percent a year. However, African American students are still being suspended and expelled at a higher rate.
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