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July 12, 2016
Who will land perhaps one of the toughest superintendent jobs in Colorado?
The Adams 14 school board on Wednesday is expected to choose between two finalists for the top job in the Commerce City-based district: Mark Payler and Javier Abrego.
Failure to launch
May 17, 2016
Freeing failing schools from bureaucracy hasn’t worked as hoped. So why is Colorado still doing it?
The state's 2008 innovation law was considered an education reform policy win.
April 28, 2016
Adams 14 chief sole finalist for top job in Bay Area
Sanchez’s Adams 14 administration has recently come under fire from a community organization calling itself VozCatorce, or Voice14.
Seal of approval
March 9, 2016
After some doubt, teachers and staff at Aurora Central approve overhaul plan
The plan to reboot Aurora Central High must still be approved by the school board and State Board of Education.
February 5, 2016
The plan to revitalize Aurora’s schools: Longer days, new curriculum and more teacher training
Teachers at Aurora Central High School would also forfeit tenure and work under one-year contracts.
December 3, 2015
State to Aurora: ‘Bold actions’ needed at Central to win support for innovation plan
The warning comes as teams of students, teachers, parents and community members are working to submit plans to the state they believe will improve struggling schools.
February 18, 2015
Aurora chief will propose changes for struggling Central high school
The district's goal: come up with a local solution that will better student outcomes before the state intervenes.
April 16, 2014
Colorado education department intends to create turnaround network
The State Department of Education hopes to lend more direct help to Colorado’s struggling campuses by forming a network of turnaround schools, it announced Tuesday…
Getting a headstart
March 5, 2014
To forestall intervention, a struggling rural district overhauls its model
In an effort to reverse years of low performance, Lake County School District, a central Colorado district that serves a slightly higher rate of impoverished students than Denver, is in the first stages of moving from a traditional academic model to an all-expeditionary learning approach in its elementary and middle schools.
December 18, 2013
Report: Poor oversight on Colorado turnaround effort
Fewer than half of all schools that received federal grant money in the first three years of the School Improvement programm outperformed the state average growth percentile, or how the state measures academic progress by students and their academic peers, a report from A+ Denver found.
November 13, 2013
State board to hear options for turnaround schools as ‘clock’ runs short for two
For the first time, the State Board of Education is hearing specific recommendations about its legal options and mandates when a school district is deemed failing for five years.
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