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November 13, 2017
‘All our dreams are on his shoulders.’ The stories that motivate a bilingual teacher
A bilingual teacher talks about how kids naturally merge two languages, why she uses drama to teach writing and what she learned from a parent-teacher conference.
November 7, 2017
Unity prevails: Jeffco incumbents easily beat back challengers
Jefferson County voters are deciding Tuesday on the need for unified or dissenting voices on the school board for Jeffco Public Schools.
November 4, 2017
Jeffco school board incumbents swamping opponents in campaign contributions
School board candidates updated their campaign finance reports Friday, in the last filings before Tuesday's election.
Colorado Votes 2017
November 4, 2017
A one stop guide to the 2017 Jefferson County school board race
Many people wait to vote, so we thought it’d be helpful to put our most essential coverage of races in Jefferson County all in one place.
Keeping the peace
October 31, 2017
Jeffco voters to decide whether school board will remain united or include dissenting voices
The campaign for this year's school board in Jeffco is much different than two years ago, but still centered on the memories of the past chaos.
How I Teach
October 31, 2017
No hiding: This Colorado teacher doesn’t hold back his feelings about how music moves him
A high school choir director talks about how vulnerability helps him teach, why he decided to switch his college major and what he does to encourage peer mentorship.
moving on up
October 23, 2017
Jeffco on track to move most of next year’s sixth-graders into middle school buildings
Most Jeffco middle schools are preparing to teach sixth through eighth graders starting next year.
21st century schools
October 20, 2017
Five takeaways from a panel with author David Osborne, champion of giving schools autonomy and holding them accountable
Osborne, an author and consultant who specializes in documenting public sector reforms, is an advocate of charter schools and giving schools greater autonomy.
October 18, 2017
Jeffco school board incumbents raise big money, challengers falling behind
Compared with two years ago, the election in the state's second largest school district is a sleepy affair.
October 13, 2017
Jason Glass’s inner circle: Meet the team seeing through the Jeffco superintendent’s vision
A look at the salary and duties of Jeffco's leadership team.
October 11, 2017
New superintendent’s vision for Jeffco: It’s not just what happens in school that matters
Jeffco Public Schools is unveiling a new vision document that will be turned into a strategy plan to lead the district for the next several years.
Colorado Votes 2017
October 5, 2017
We asked the 2017 Jeffco school board candidates seven questions. Here are their responses.
Two years after a high-profile recall election that saw the Jeffco school board completely turn over, only two seats up for election this year have a challenger.
September 18, 2017
Jeffco superintendent extends listening tour through event targeting multilingual community
Superintendent Jason Glass said he heard more questions about equity and language issues than he had on previous stops on his tour through the Jeffco district.
September 8, 2017
From passionate to politics-free, here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision
The response shows how school districts view their responsibilities when a divisive national policy change carries implications for many Colorado students and families.
September 1, 2017
Two last-minute challengers emerge to two Jeffco school board incumbents
Board president Ron Mitchell does not have an opponent.
August 29, 2017
Many parents praise — and some criticize — Jeffco superintendent’s statement on Charlottesville
Dozens of Jeffco parents praised the superintendent’s statement on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., while a handful of others criticized it.
August 28, 2017
New Jeffco superintendent calls a timeout on any more school closures
The new superintendent for Jeffco Public Schools wants to change the process for considering school closures to something that would take more factors into account.
August 18, 2017
These seventh-graders started the school year talking about Charlottesville and what they can do about racism
Mirroring conversations happening nationwide, a group of Denver seventh-graders this week delved into a discussion about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SCHOOL DAY
August 15, 2017
Colorado schools make plans to view — and teach — the solar eclipse
Schools throughout Colorado are setting aside time for students to view the eclipse, which is expected to reach 92.3 percent totality over Denver.
Talking it through
August 11, 2017
A gentler approach: Jeffco Public Schools emphasizing restorative practices as part of discipline changes
Jeffco Public Schools is increasing the priority on a roll out of restorative justice.
August 10, 2017
One Jeffco program is taking on a big problem: Many low-income students accepted to college never attend
This mentorship program hopes to address a problem that often flies under the radar: 40 percent of low-income students who have been accepted to college don’t show up.
How are you feeling?
August 7, 2017
With plan to focus on teen health, Adams 12 school district opens new clinic
The Adams 12 school district, Colorado’s sixth-largest, will open its first school-based health clinic this fall at Thornton High School.
August 4, 2017
A high-poverty Jeffco school is about to adopt a “community school” model. What does that mean?
The Jeffco school will be a hub for community organizations to provide services such as English language classes, job training and medical care.
July 11, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools diverging from state law on timeline for evaluating teachers
Although Jeffco is not following the timeline of the law, district leaders said it’s following the intent.
getting to know you
July 10, 2017
New Jeffco superintendent has more questions than answers in tour of district
Jason Glass, Jeffco's new superintendent, visited eight sites throughout the district to gather community feedback as he starts his new position.
digging into discipline
May 19, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools suspended an average of four young students a day last year — and district officials are paying attention
Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado's second largest school district, hands out many more suspensions to early elementary students than most other large districts.
May 16, 2017
Jeffco board unanimously approves three-year contract for new superintendent
Jason Glass will earn a salary of $265,000 a year, plus benefits.
May 15, 2017
How Jeffco’s pick for superintendent changed his mind about education reform
Jason Glass says his perspective on education changed while in Iowa when he was looking at international benchmarks.
The pick is in
May 1, 2017
Head of Eagle County schools named finalist for Jeffco superintendent post
Jason Glass has been outspoken on issues ranging from school finance to testing and recognizing bilingual students.
And then there were six
April 21, 2017
Jeffco school board narrows pool for superintendent search
The Jeffco school board spent several hours Thursday night reviewing superintendent applications and will start interviews next week.
April 7, 2017
Jeffco teachers would get pay raises under tentative agreement
Jeffco leaders have reached an agreement to raise teacher salaries next year if the union ratifies the agreement and board members approve it.
March 10, 2017
Dan McMinimee to get superintendent’s wages while serving as Jeffco board adviser
McMinimee would have been owed an entire year's salary if the district had cut him loose before the end of his contract.
March 7, 2017
One month after closure vote, uncertainty about what’s next for students at Pleasant View Elementary in Golden
Jeffco leaders are planning the transition for the closure of Pleasant View Elementary, but some big questions such as where to locate the preschool remain unanswered.
Keeping ‘advisory’ role
March 2, 2017
Dan McMinimee out as Jeffco superintendent, ending awkward period after board vote to search for replacement
McMinimee will continue in a yet-to-be-defined "advisory" role.
February 16, 2017
Silence, empty seats and solidarity in Colorado schools for a “Day Without Immigrants”
Attendance was down at many schools across Colorado as communities took part in a nationwide protest called a “Day Without Immigrants” Thursday.
one hurdle down
February 15, 2017
Charter school funding bill clears Senate Education Committee
The bill faces a cloudier future in the House.
February 10, 2017
Jeffco superintendent opening to post with $300,000 as base pay
The Jeffco school board gave the search firm guidance to start advertising for the superintendent position.
February 10, 2017
Jeffco board votes to close one elementary school in budget cuts, sparing four others
The district could be looking at closures again next year, however.
You have questions we have answers
February 9, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools’ budget crunch — explained
A few answers to questions about Jeffco Public Schools budget as the district prepares to vote on big cuts including a proposal to close five schools.
February 8, 2017
Why Jeffco hasn’t considered academic performance in picking schools to close
Parents at some schools are concerned that Jeffco Public Schools did not take their school's performance into account when recommending it for closure.
February 8, 2017
Gifted and talented center at Wheat Ridge High School on chopping block as part of Jeffco budget cuts
Cutting off district funding to a popular gifted and talented program at Wheat Ridge High School is one of the contentious steps Jeffco Public Schools has proposed to cope with its budget crisis.
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.
February 6, 2017
For Jeffco students with special needs enrolled at schools slated for closure, more questions than answers
The Jeffco school district might take up to a month to find a location for the center programs from five schools that could close if the board approves a district plan.
questions of equity
February 3, 2017
Disadvantaged students more likely to be impacted by Jeffco school closures
Low income students are over-represented in the students at the five schools Jeffco Public Schools has proposed for closure this year.
getting to graduation
January 24, 2017
How one high-poverty Jefferson County school saw a huge leap in its high school graduation rates
The graduation rate for students at Jefferson High School increased substantially in 2016.
January 23, 2017
Jeffco will propose plan to close schools to save money
Jeffco Public Schools will present a plan Thursday to close schools following the defeat of two school tax measures in November and a continued drops in enrollment.
finishing high school
January 19, 2017
Colorado’s graduation rate hits six-year high, with both big spikes and declines in metro Denver
The state’s graduation gap between students of color and their white students also narrowed slightly.
January 18, 2017
State board increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals, prompting Colorado districts to rethink their role
Meeting records show that the state Board of Education is increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals that come to them for a hearing.
January 12, 2017
Jeffco school board votes to launch search for new superintendent
The school board for Jeffco Public Schools voted to search for a new superintendent and part with Dan McMinimee who was hired by a previous board recalled in 2015.
January 11, 2017
His job on the line, Jeffco superintendent says he’s been given no hint of problems
The school board for Jeffco Public Schools will vote Thursday on whether to start searching for a new superintendent.
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