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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.
January 18, 2018
Lack of requests for new schools hinders Denver charter network expansion plans
Some charter leaders said they're thinking about expanding beyond Denver, if they haven't already.
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.
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August 24, 2017
More Colorado charter schools are using weighted lotteries. Here’s why.
More Colorado charter schools are giving priority to educationally disadvantaged students, including those from low-income families, in their annual lotteries.
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 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.
May 1, 2017
Denver-based DSST named finalist for national charter school prize
Denver-based DSST Public Schools has been named one of three finalists for a prestigious national prize recognizing large charter school networks with records of high…
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 7, 2017
If DSST students do their part, CU Denver will guarantee their admission
DSST has similar partnerships with other campuses in the University of Colorado system.
February 23, 2017
Hundreds of education leaders from charter schools, nonprofits denounce Trump’s travel ban
Education leaders are increasingly open to weighing in on political matters that they think connect to their mission.
February 10, 2017
Charter schools band together to advocate major expansion in Denver Public Schools
In all, 27 letters of intent were filed in response to the district's annual call for new school proposals.
Questions of fairness
December 7, 2016
Aurora school board raises red flags about bringing DSST charter to district, but signs off on continuing negotiations
The school board for Aurora Public Schools discussed concerns including about the process of singling out one charter to invite into a partnership for a building.
money to grow
September 28, 2016
Denver’s DSST charter network, in the midst of major expansion, lands $4 million grant
The money will go toward expanding the growing network.
September 22, 2016
After latest test scores, some Denver schools celebrate success, while others wonder what went wrong
The difference illustrates the difficulty of drawing definitive conclusions from test results.
teacher prep 2.0
September 13, 2016
New teacher training favored by charters comes to Denver as critics sound off
The approach has drawn criticism from the teacher-preparation establishment, including in a brief published last week.
September 1, 2016
Denver catching up to state in test scores, though some schools slipped
DPS’s average scores still trail statewide averages -- but not by much.
August 18, 2016
Denver’s largest charter school network, DSST, eyes expansion to Aurora
Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn is proposing that the DSST charter network open a new school for grades six through 12 in northwest Aurora.
June 30, 2016
Five stories you should read about Denver’s DSST charter network and its CEO, Bill Kurtz
Bill Kurtz, CEO of the homegrown and high-performing DSST charter school network, was inducted this week into the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Hall of Fame.
asking the voters
June 16, 2016
Denver school board approves $628 million bond and mill package, new charter schools
“There’s a lot of good things in this proposal for schools, especially the hottest schools,” said board member Rosemary Rodriguez.
up for approval
May 19, 2016
Meet the 9 schools vying to open or expand in Denver
The Denver school board is expected to vote Thursday night on the expansion of one school before turning its attention next month to eight other proposals.
August 24, 2015
Five issues to watch as Denver Public Schools students return to the classroom
Denver Public Schools faces questions about equity, the makeup of its school board, the fate of a storied high school and more as the 2015-16 school year begins.
June 18, 2015
Denver board approves dramatic expansion for charter network DSST
The Denver school board approved its 2015-16 budget and a set of new school plans at its June board meeting.
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.
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February 3, 2015
DPS moves to address ‘crisis level’ teacher turnover
Universities, districts, and schools are turning their attention to the problem of teacher turnover.
June 2, 2014
DPS still unsure which programs will take over Kepner
Families and observers of Kepner Middle School are still a few days away from learning which new programs will take over the district’s lowest-performing school.
April 11, 2014
Kepner parents get sneak peek at new school models
Ricky Garcia, an eighth grader at STRIVE Prep Federal, told a committee of Kepner parents why he thought a STRIVE charter school at the Kepner…
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.
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