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Pueblo City Schools
May 2, 2018
Pueblo teachers are cleared to strike after state regulators decline to intervene
Teachers in Pueblo could be on strike as soon as Monday.
Steel City Strike
April 23, 2018
Why these Colorado educators are prepared to strike: ‘Teachers are walking into classrooms that are not funded’
The extraordinary vote to strike in Pueblo took place as teachers across the country have left their classrooms over demands for better salaries and more funding.
No time to play
January 12, 2018
Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.
A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid to devote more time to instruction.
Steel City Turnaround
June 15, 2017
Pueblo schools must give more authority to management group, state board says
Thursday’s final plan is not far off from what Pueblo officials had originally suggested to improve student learning.
Looking for options
April 24, 2017
State board raised questions over plan for Pueblo schools and management partners
The Colorado Board of Education asked state officials to bring them a different plan by mid-June so they can consider it against the district's plan for three schools.
Two for one
April 21, 2017
Schools in Pueblo, Greeley up next as state sorts out struggling schools
Like all the schools facing state intervention, the five before the state board Monday serve large populations of poor and Latino students.
March 30, 2017
Colorado schools soon will be judged by a new measure: How many students are chronically absent
Colorado's decision to make chronic absenteeism one of the factors it uses in gauging school success could push more districts to adopt or expand programs to address it.
Steel City Turnaround
October 6, 2016
Pueblo City Schools, with moments to spare, improves enough to avoid state intervention
But Pueblo City Schools still has three schools that are likely to face sanctions next year.
September 15, 2016
Pueblo’s plan: pour efforts into training and keeping teachers in struggling schools
The State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the district’s first innovation zone.
September 2, 2016
For Colorado schools on verge of state intervention, PARCC scores provide first clues of promise or peril
While it's still to early to tell, the latest round of data from the Colorado Department of Education offers schools the first clue about their fate.
who's the boss?
August 24, 2016
Pueblo City Schools’ interim leader failed to boost test scores at struggling middle school
Among Macaluso's new duties: convince the state that the southern Colorado school district should keep its accreditation after years of chronic low performance.
throwing a line
July 22, 2016
Colorado Education Department to Pueblo school district: Let us help
A letter Anthes wrote to the school board resembles one then-Commissioner Rich Crandall sent the Adams 14 school board after its superintendent left this spring.
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.
More free lunch
July 31, 2015
After hesitation, more Colorado districts join federal program to give out universal free meals
A one-year-old federal program that allows school districts to offer universal free meals at some or all schools is growing in Colorado.
November 12, 2014
Fewer Colo. school districts on watch list, but looming accountability tests remains for some
The number of Colorado school districts on a state accountability watch list dropped this year, but nine school systems still face looming sanctions if they don't improve soon.
August 28, 2014
Universal free meals coming to high-poverty schools in eight districts
Eight Colorado school districts, most small and rural, are participating in a new federal program that will allow them to offer universal free meals in some or all of their schools.
Steel City Turnaround
August 18, 2014
New Pueblo leader pledges to go through TCAP scores “child by child” in order to make gains
While the state is still months away from releasing its official ratings of schools and school districts, careful observers would note there isn't much good news in Pueblo's recent data.
August 18, 2014
Some districts take on the heat with altered schedules, calendars
Poudre School District in Fort Collins and Pueblo City Schools are two districts that have made schedule changes this year in the hopes of preventing problems due to hot weather.
August 14, 2014
Special Report: The struggles of Steel City’s turnaround
Pueblo City Schools officials will meet with the State Board of Education Thursday to discuss the district's improvement efforts. Here's a look at some of the issues.
Steel City Turnaround: Part 3
August 14, 2014
Facing a leadership transition and a looming deadline, an uncertain future for Pueblo
The handoff of responsibilities from one superintendent to another has highlighted the uncertainty that many Puebloans feel as officials stare down an extremely tight deadline — an uncertainty that’s been compounded by a lack of clarity around exactly what state intervention, which few in Pueblo would welcome, would look like if the city schools fail to pick themselves up.
Steel City Turnaround: Part 2
August 13, 2014
Cascading middle school crises at center of Pueblo’s challenges
Despite a renewed focus on the schools, today much of the district’s struggles to lift itself out of the red zone in the state’s accountability system can be traced to the dismal state of its middle schools. Three of the city’s six middle schools are on the state’s accountability watchlist, including Roncalli, which is now the lowest-performing middle school in the state.
Steel City Turnaround: Part 1
August 12, 2014
As the state’s accountability clock ticks down, a district struggles to move forward
Pueblo City Schools, which enrolls nearly 18,000 students, is the largest in the state to near the end of the state's accountability clock. Unless Pueblo’s most recent test scores — which will be released later this week — reflect significant gains, officials will have just a year to get the district into the state’s safe zone.
May 13, 2014
Pueblo City Schools names Florida educator new superintendent
A Florida school official has been named Pueblo City’s School new superintendent, pending contract negotiations. The southern Colorado school board voted this afternoon, 4-1, to…
Super Search: Pueblo Edition
May 6, 2014
Pueblo City Schools superintendent finalists meet public
Updated with analysis: Three finalists for Pueblo City Schools were interviewed by the school board in a public session Tuesday night.
April 28, 2014
Pueblo school board announces 3 finalists for superintendent job
Two Colorado educators and a third from Florida are finalists for the Pueblo City Schools superintendent position. The city’s school board made the announcement in…
Anatomy of a lesson
April 21, 2014
At Pueblo charter school, teaching literacy hasn’t changed much with new standards
Reading lessons may seem strikingly similar to lessons of yesteryear, even though this is the first year schools are supposed to be teaching to a new set of standards. For some Colorado districts, the new standards have meant a complete instructional overhaul. But at this Pueblo school, teachers began exploring the standards in 2010 and found that in most subjects, they only had to make slight shifts, said Natalie Allen, head of school.
April 10, 2014
Struggling districts share success with state board
Staff and elected representatives from the Adams 14, Pueblo City Schools, and Karval school districts met with the board as part of an ongoing conversation between the board and those districts that are nearing the end of the state's so-called "accountability clock."
January 10, 2014
Pueblo City Schools’ superintendent to retire
Pueblo City Schools Superintendent Maggie Lopez will retire at the end of the school year, the district announced today. The retirement marks the end of…
November 22, 2013
Rise & Shine: Pueblo students, parents expressed concern about teacher ‘sexting’
COLORADO Denver’s school board approved a boundary change for the Denver Green and Lowry schools last night. The new boundaries, which do not include a…
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