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Douglas County School District
February 7, 2017
At-risk students in some big Colorado districts have a better chance of having an effective teacher than others
In Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, the gaps were even wider than state averages.
How I Teach
January 19, 2017
She became a special education teacher by accident. Then she fell in love with her job.
Douglas County special education teacher Anna Vick on connecting with students who have serious emotional disabilities.
a 'meaningful' education?
January 11, 2017
How a Colorado court case could change how public schools everywhere serve students with special needs
The case originated with a complaint by the family of a Douglas County child with autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
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.
Choice and consequences
November 29, 2016
Could school vouchers come to Colorado under a Trump administration? It’s a long shot.
All the stars would have to align.
Going going gone
August 17, 2016
Douglas County school board loses prominent conservative voice
Doug Benevento championed vouchers, pay-for-performance for teachers and other changes.
cracking the code
June 28, 2016
How Hillary Clinton wants to make computer science courses available to every kid in America
The presumptive Democratic nominee it promoting increased investment in STEM initiatives, but the political prospects (as usual) are unclear.
texas hold 'em
May 24, 2016
Controversial Douglas County superintendent to lead Texas school district
The Douglas County Federation of Teachers, the county's teachers union, used Fagen's announcement to pivot to the next school board election, in 2017.
Put to the test
April 29, 2016
How Colorado districts comply with state law speaks volumes about their views on testing
With the state’s official testing window closing, the coming months will provide a clearer picture of how the new testing law impacted participation and other issues.
April 20, 2016
State, Dougco split the difference in $4.6 million enrollment count dispute
The Douglas County School District will repay the Colorado Department of Education about $2 million — half of what it originally owed — to settle a long-running fight over enrollment counts.
back in court
Updated April 19, 2016
Lawsuit from conservative group challenges Douglas County voucher program barring religious schools
A conservative legal group representing three Douglas County families filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging a recently revamped school district voucher program that excludes religious…
March 15, 2016
New-look school voucher program approved by divided Douglas County board
The Douglas County school board is pushing ahead with a revised voucher program that bars religious schools from taking part.
try try again
March 10, 2016
Voucher program would be revived in Douglas County under proposal — minus religious schools
Members of the Douglas County school board's conservative majority are proposing an amended voucher program while continuing to make a legal case for the original.
December 11, 2015
Students in pockets of rural, suburban Colorado drove down PARCC participation
Participation rates on the first PARCC tests driven down by opt-outs in rural, suburban districts.
moving the bar
December 11, 2015
PARCC data provides glimpse at school and district performance, but low participation clouds picture
School- and district-level PARCC results are now public, but questions persist about their value given low participation numbers in some areas.
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