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October 26, 2017
One guarantee in Aurora’s school board election: Change is on the way
The school board race in Aurora Public Schools is seeing new voices, new issues and new money, as the direction of the district is on the line.
September 22, 2017
Aurora Public Schools’ principals more racially diverse this year, but district still lagging behind
Educator diversity hasn't increased much in Aurora, but small increases have been made in the number of principals of color leading Aurora schools.
August 30, 2017
Aurora Public Schools improves enough to dodge state action, mixed results elsewhere in new preliminary state ratings
Colorado released preliminary school and district ratings Wednesday showing some low-performing districts such as Aurora and Adams 14 improving.
Lease for scholarships
July 6, 2017
Aurora Public Schools, CSU online degree program hammering out details of new partnership
Seven months after voters backed the project as part of a $300 million bond package, Aurora Public Schools and Colorado State University are negotiating…
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.
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 22, 2017
New report bemoans state of education in Aurora, but superintendent begs to differ
A follow-up to a report published in 2015 criticizing Aurora Public Schools, states not much is changing fast enough. The superintendent, Rico Munn, disagreed.
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.
Be bold and be honest
July 8, 2016
Great teachers are experts at difficult conversations. Here’s their advice to America on talking about race.
As Americans struggle to talk about racism this week, who better to ask for advice than teachers? We spoke with seven educators and compiled their suggestions.
July 8, 2016
Aurora superintendent: Schools can’t fix nation’s race problem alone
Munn, one of the state's only black superintendents, shared how schools can respond to larger societal issues.
June 27, 2016
The Aurora school district couldn’t save this elementary school. Now a charter network gets a chance.
The Rocky Mountain Prep charter school network will begin operating a preschool at Fletcher this fall.
One More Year
June 8, 2016
Aurora may grant reprieve to struggling elementary school facing charter takeover
The school board raised a variety of concerns and asked the district and charter to return to its June 21 meeting with an updated charter application and contract.
June 1, 2016
Why Aurora’s superintendent wants to close HOPE Online’s campuses in his district
Munn’s proposal raises a decade-old question in Colorado and around the nation about the quality of instruction that online schools provide.
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.
aint over til its over
May 11, 2016
State board approves Aurora school redesigns, but Aurora Central isn’t off the hook
The meeting also set up a new debate about how the state will address dozens of failing Colorado schools that have reached the end of the state’s accountability timeline.
meet the new boss
April 25, 2016
Interim principal tapped to lead Aurora Central on permanent basis
Before taking over Aurora Central on an interim basis last this fall, De la Garza previously spent nine years as principal at North Middle School.
last piece of the puzzle
April 20, 2016
Aurora school board OKs overhaul for fifth school
Pending expected approval by the State Board of Education next month, Aurora West will join four other schools in Aurora to form the district’s first “innovation zone.”
A new wrinkle
April 6, 2016
Struggling Aurora elementary school may be turned over to a charter network
Superintendent Rico Munn told his school board that APS officials had done all they could to improve the school and it was time to look outside the district.
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 26, 2016
Teachers at three struggling Aurora schools approve redesign plans
Teachers at a fourth, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, rejected a similar plan.
February 23, 2016
Teachers at four Aurora schools will vote on redesign plans this week
Aurora Central teachers, needing time to understand changes, will vote in March.
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.
February 2, 2016
Munn poised to lead Aurora schools for two more years
Extending Munn’s contract, which expires this summer, would signal that the board broadly approves of Munn’s efforts to improve Aurora’s poor academic performance.
September 28, 2015
Poll: Aurora voters support a tax increase even if the district isn’t doing enough to boost achievement
Like many school districts along the Front Range, Aurora has struggled in recent years with a growing at-risk student body.
September 16, 2015
At Aurora’s newest school, students taught life skills to become better learners and writers
Writing is hard. But at this new school in Aurora, students will be taught the social and emotional skills to over come pesky writer's block.
August 31, 2015
Aurora’s school board will decide whether teachers at one school can be paid more than others
Paris Elementary School has suffered from some of the district’s highest teacher churn rates during the last five years.
E pluribus unum
January 21, 2015
Students to lead the way in Aurora while accountability clock ticks
The suburban school district's new plan calls for every student to have an academic plan, develop a set of skills, and earn credentials toward their college or career.
November 19, 2013
Superintendents ponder the path forward
State policymakers got a message Tuesday from some key Colorado superintendents – time and flexibility are needed to effectively implement education reform programs.
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