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Jeffco Public Schools
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.
job on the line
December 20, 2016
Jeffco school board to vote next month on superintendent search
The Jeffco Public Schools board will vote on whether to launch a superintendent search to replace Dan McMinimee at their board meeting in January.
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.
Lights - camera - action
July 11, 2016
Relive the Jefferson County school board recall in 12 minutes
The new documentary is part of a series examining the nation's political divide.
June 3, 2016
Jeffco teachers have a new long-term contract, but unrest remains
According to a new survey released at the same board meeting, fewer than half of all Jeffco Public Schools employees reported a healthy work climate.
May 11, 2016
Jeffco, teachers union reach tentative five-year deal
The new Jefferson County teachers union contract includes more than $20 million in raises.
March 15, 2016
Jeffco parents, wary of middle school options, ask for more help for students with autism
The parents’ request for more middle school services highlights an ongoing debate about what types of help students with special needs should receive,
Pay Day! May Day!
February 25, 2016
Jeffco teacher contract talks to focus on merit pay and competitive salaries
While the negotiations likely will be less contentious — thanks to a new school board elected with teachers union backing — there is still plenty to butt heads on.
January 15, 2016
Jeffco board OKs financing of new construction, holds off on bonuses
Because of a bleak financial forecast from the state, district officials want money on hand for “flexibility.”
$15 million question
January 13, 2016
New Jeffco board to reconsider school construction, budget issues Thursday
The likely votes would be the first to roll back decisions by the recalled Jefferson County school board members.
December 24, 2015
Teachers unions gave huge sums of seed money to Jeffco recall, new records show
Jeffco United raised nearly $300,000, most from local, state and national teachers unions. But the nonprofit maintains the recall was led by parents.
December 17, 2015
Nonprofit that gave big to successful Jeffco school board recall effort broke state law, judge finds
The nonprofit Jeffco United was fined $1,000 and ordered to register with the secretary of state as a political committee and disclose its donors within 10 days.
December 4, 2015
Libertarian think tank leads donations in Jefferson County school board recall, election
Independence Institute gave a combined total of $170,000. That’s nearly $2 for every $8 raised among 17 different political committees and candidates.
Transfer of power
November 19, 2015
Jefferson County school board switches hands, but rhetoric remains
The Jeffco transfer of power is the product of the recall election of three school board members and the regular election of two other board members.
law and order
November 16, 2015
Jeffco board attorney resigns in wake of recall
Recall organizers portrayed the conservative board majority’s hiring of Miller at $90,000 a year as wasteful and unnecessary.
In this together
November 12, 2015
Jeffco coalition to teachers: you teach, we’ll take care of poverty
A coalition in Jeffco wants to boost student achievement by focusing on family services, after school programs and parent enrichment.
November 5, 2015
How things might change in Jeffco Public Schools after the recall
Teachers will likely get a long-term contract. But they shouldn't hold their breath for raises.
November 4, 2015
Why Colorado conservative education reformers lost Tuesday
All the elections had their own quirks, players and storylines. But common themes bound the losses together.
RISE & SHINE
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