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Detroit Story Booth
July 19, 2017
This Detroit educator used a sense of community and mentorship to help a student through a personal tragedy
Wright told her Detroit school story as part of Chalkbeat's Story Booth series, which began last spring with our storytelling launch event at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
November 4, 2016
Why the new changes to the color ratings for Denver schools have me red in the face
The district's newfound concern for schools that will see their ratings fall underscore the real consequences of that system — one that has hurt schools I've worked at.
Put to the test
August 5, 2015
Data from ACT and DPS shows that Hispanic students aren’t college ready
A majority of U.S. Hispanic students planned to enroll in college last year, but nearly half weren’t ready for college level courses, according to a report from ACT.
July 27, 2015
Students in college readiness program say they find more than academic support
Local students participated in the AVID Summer Institute, a national conference for educators who teach college-readiness skills, in Denver this month.
The social network
July 21, 2015
How social media gives voters insight into candidates’ campaign styles
The DPS Board of Education candidates’ activity on social media can provide voters an insight into each candidate’s campaign.
Science and Social Studies
July 16, 2015
In Denver, big swings in some schools’ scores, even as district follows state trends
DPS scores on science and social studies assessments track state trends, but some schools are thriving while others struggle.
July 14, 2015
Denver Board candidate Kristi Butkovich: Decisionmaking needs to include community
Kristi Butkovich, candidate for school board in southeast Denver, talks about the upcoming race and her stances on education issues in Denver. 12 hours ago
February 23, 2015
DSST boosts long-term growth goal to 22 schools by 2021
DSST has proposed four new campuses with middle and high schools.
January 15, 2015
DPS approves additional bond spending on technology, buildings
The DPS board approved new spending plans targeting technology, buildings, and other improvements.
June 26, 2014
Incoming high school freshmen get taste of college life
For about 55 Denver incoming high school freshman, the idea of using engineering software and a 3-D printer to transform their drawings into three-dimensional models…
Make it so
June 6, 2014
Southwest Denver parents rally, want better schools
Members of Stand for Children and Padres y Jovenes Unidos, along with other community members, held copies of new report, yelling, "Ya basta," Spanish for "Enough is Enough," during a rally for better schools in southwest Denver.
December 10, 2013
For parents, a long wish list for new Oakland elementary school
A track and field day, a holiday potluck for community members, gym classes and sports team, school plays and more homework. That’s what parents…
November 12, 2013
Rise & Shine: Dougco board member wants to make friends after election
Your morning education headlines for Nov. 12, 2013.
September 24, 2013
Find your Denver school’s 2013 district rating
Search our interactive database to find your Denver school's rating on the 2013 School Performance Framework, released in September.
September 19, 2013
Closure at East High School raises questions of security decision-making
East High School's decision to release students early in response to a reportedly gang-related threat highlights the complex calculus schools perform in deciding what will keep students, staff and faculty safest.
September 17, 2013
More schools slip in Denver school rankings
Eleven new Denver schools have slipped to the lowest tier on Denver's school report cards, a ranking that means added scrutiny and likely intervention for the schools.
September 6, 2013
East High School closed due to threat
A “credible threat” closed Denver’s East High School on Friday afternoon. Manual High School also was closed early, according to 9News. School officials released…
August 30, 2013
DPS moves up a notch in state ratings
The Denver Public Schools have been rated as “accredited with improvement plan” by the state, up one level from the “accredited with priority improvement…
August 26, 2013
DPS opens school year with more kids, new programs
Students in the Denver Public Schools, where enrollment is expected to grow about 5 percent over last year, trooped back to school Monday, some of them to nine new schools.
February 27, 2013
DPS board cuts candidate list to three
In a meeting that resembled a “Survivor” episode, the Denver school board whittled down nine candidates for a vacant seat to three.
February 25, 2013
New pilot to aid struggling Denver teachers
A new pilot program in DPS should make the process of supporting and possibly dismissing struggling teachers more efficient, less expensive and less nasty.
February 19, 2013
Role of police redefined in Denver schools
Denver police and DPS officials have signed a revised agreement defining the role of police in schools.
February 15, 2013
A+ Denver surveys DPS board candidates
Find out where the nine finalists for an open DPS board seat stand on issues ranging from the school turnaround to school finance.
February 12, 2013
No board member backed Hispanic candidates
Two Denver school board members backing protests against a lack of Hispanic finalists for a vacant seat did not vote for any Hispanic finalists.
February 8, 2013
Meet the finalists for DPS board vacancy
A marathon eight-hour session gave Denver school board members the opportunity to quiz the nine applicants for a vacant board seat.
February 6, 2013
Latino group criticizes DPS board finalists
Leaders of the Colorado Latino Forum aren't happy that there are no Latinos on the list of finalists for the empty DPS board seat.
February 3, 2013
25 DPS board hopefuls to be whittled to nine
More than two dozen people are vying for the vacant DPS board seat, including parent activists, community leaders and previous board candidates.
January 18, 2013
DPS board bids Easley farewell
The Denver school board officially accepts Nate Easley's resignation and starts plotting a course to find his Northeast Denver replacement.
December 10, 2012
DPS plans triple use of new building
Emily Griffith Technical College, DPS staff and a charter school will move into 1860 Lincoln St., district and city leaders have announced.
December 5, 2012
Denver lands $4 million for ‘charter compact’
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced DPS will get $4 million to help charters and traditional schools share best practices.
June 11, 2012
Report: Denver schools lack PE, recess, breakfast
A group tracking health trends among students of color wants DPS to expand recess before lunch and to boost gym classes, among other ideas.
June 6, 2012
“Thousands” of test answers changed
A state probe has found “significant testing violations” at Denver’s Beach Court Elementary, and the principal has been fired.
June 6, 2012
Shock, anger and tears
The scene outside Beach Court Elementary Wednesday evening was as gloomy and angry as the clouds gathering overhead.
May 16, 2012
LEAP a big step for teachers in DPS
Backers are banking on LEAP, Denver's pilot teacher evaluation program, to represent a substantive shift in the way teachers are reviewed and professionally supported.
April 19, 2012
Ask an Expert: School choice and changing addresses in DPS
A parent wonders whether her child can remain in her neighborhood school for the year even though the family is moving into a neighborhood outside the school's boundary. Find out how to handle this situation from a DPS choice expert.
March 12, 2012
DPS’ SchoolChoice worked – for most
Nearly 70 percent of Denver families who used a new enrollment system got into their top schools, but a small number was shut out
February 13, 2012
DPS board briefed on latest innovation plan
Denver Public Schools are the biggest users of the innovation schools law and more applications are on the way.
November 22, 2011
DPS SchoolChoice plan set to go
The Denver Public Schools' new streamlined “one form, one timeline, all schools” enrollment system now has the participation of every district charter.
September 29, 2011
DPS unveils streamlined enrollment
Denver Public Schools will launch its streamlined school enrollment program next month, reducing its choice processes from 62 to one.
September 22, 2011
DPS board awards Boasberg bonus
The Denver school board agrees to $17,500 bonus for Superintendent Tom Boasberg and, at his request, delays his raise. Expanded story
August 15, 2011
Middle schools rile DPS board
Middle schools, student discipline and teacher effectiveness were all on the table at a sometimes-contentious Denver school board meeting Monday
August 8, 2011
Education compact being built in steps
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's proposed city-district-community "education compact" will be built one step at a time.
June 17, 2011
Broader review of credit recovery sought
Denver school board member Jeannie Kaplan has asked Superintendent Tom Boasberg to request an expanded state review of the district’s credit recovery programs.
June 10, 2011
Dynamics fluid in DPS at-large race
Competition is ratcheting up for the at-large seat on the DPS board, with another candidate joining the race and a well-known politician eying it.
June 8, 2011
Hancock renews promise of schools focus
Denver Mayor-elect Michael Hancock Wednesday reaffirmed he’ll be paying close attention to the relationship between city hall and Denver Public Schools.
July 9, 2010
Fewer DPS teachers placed in poorest schools
Changes in Denver Public Schools' teacher-placement policy mean fewer are assigned to the city's highest-poverty and lowest-performing schools
January 26, 2010
Report: Students in poverty increase
Colorado's K-12 enrollment is up again this year but the number of students in poverty is growing even faster
December 12, 2009
Transforming Rishel, Part 2
Part 2 of Ed News' video series on space-sharing at Rishel Middle School takes at closer look at Denver's first teacher-led school.
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