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13 years of reform
April 13, 2018
Bennet and Boasberg: Denver schools needed big changes, and the work isn’t nearly done
The two men responsible for guiding Denver schools through dramatic changes over the last 13 years shared the same stage Friday and said their decisions…
April 13, 2018
Boasberg explains his decision to bring back Antwan Wilson: ‘He has so much to contribute’
Denver Public Schools contacted Wilson to gauge his interest in working as a consultant on CareerConnect, a career and technical education program.
April 12, 2018
Forced out as D.C. chancellor, Antwan Wilson is back working in the Denver school district as a consultant
Denver Public Schools has brought back the former school leader as a part-time consultant to help build a strategic plan for a career and technical education program.
Movers and shakers
April 11, 2018
Denver superintendent honored for serving Hispanic students
His nomination notes that graduation rates for Hispanic students increased from 30 percent in 2007 to 64 percent in 2017.
January 17, 2018
What you should know about seven people who could be the next New York City schools chancellor
We’ve sorted through the rumors and political jockeying to handicap several contenders.
December 21, 2017
To succeed Carmen Fariña, her adversary Eva Moskowitz nominates 14 education leaders from across America
Moskowitz noted that not all of her nominees are charter school supporters.
September 25, 2017
Boasberg’s inner circle: The latest changes to Denver Public Schools’ top leadership team
Here are the eight DPS officials who report directly to Boasberg.
September 13, 2017
Boasberg to DeVos: ‘Use all the efforts of your office’ to protect DACA
DeVos may have skipped over Denver Public Schools during her spin through Colorado, but that didn't stop Superintendent Tom Boasberg from getting his point across.
Movers & shakers
August 16, 2017
Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes joins education advocacy group Chiefs for Change
The group has two-dozen members, including Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg.
August 2, 2017
After years of stagnation, Colorado’s innovation schools see breakthrough in improvement, data show
The quadrupling of schools that improved could bolster backers of giving schools greater decision-making authority, an experiment playing out across the nation.
March 14, 2017
Denver Public Schools retooling equity measure, presses forward on scoring schools
The reform-minded district is using the equity indicator to shine a spotlight on educational disparities and encourage change at the school-level.
taking a stand
January 20, 2017
Colorado education leaders sign petition asking Washington officials to protect undocumented youth
More than 1,500 education leaders across the country signed the petition.
hold up wait a minute
January 19, 2017
Colorado Latina lawmakers to Trump: Back off pledge to end protections for young undocumented immigrants
Colorado lawmakers are asking Trump to back off his promise to revoke temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who arrived here as children.
January 18, 2017
Denver Public Schools: Score change that sealed fate of Gilpin Montessori School “very normal”
But a vocal group of Gilpin parents and community members don’t think so.
January 17, 2017
Sen. Michael Bennet to Betsy DeVos: Come visit Denver, where school choice is different
Both Bennet and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg say Denver charter schools are vastly different from Michigan's.
December 9, 2016
Denver superintendent sheds light on school closure recommendations, what happens next
“People have respected that there is a clear and transparent process at the intellectual level -- and at the emotional level, they’re still very concerned."
November 16, 2016
To tackle teacher shortage, start with giving teachers the respect they deserve, superintendents say
Colorado school superintendents and business leaders gathered to discuss the burgeoning teacher shortage.
Memo from the Boss
October 24, 2016
Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg’s vision for giving more power to schools, annotated
Boasberg wrote a document detailing how most decisions should be made at the school level. We annotated it with explanations and links.
summer mix tape
August 30, 2016
Ten stories you might have missed over the summer (and should read now as a new school year begins)
There is no such thing as time off from covering education.
July 18, 2016
Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg on what he learned during his six months abroad
"It made us appreciate the extraordinary resources we have here."
July 6, 2016
Where’s Denver schools chief Tom Boasberg? Almost back from his 6-month sojourn
When Boasberg returns, he will face a full slate of pressing issues.
November 30, 2015
Who will be interim superintendent of Denver Public Schools?
The DPS school board has been tight-lipped about who it might pick to be interim superintendent. But there are three likely scenarios.
November 18, 2015
Why Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg landed an unprecedented six-month break
The uncommon stability of Denver Public Schools is what makes his respite possible. But some observers question whether the timing is right.
'great schools' - or the worst?
September 10, 2015
DPS eyeing tougher stance on poor-performing schools, with closures on the table
DPS is drafting a new policy to set clear expectations for poor-performing schools and give the district a roadmap to quickly close those that haven't turned things around.
August 24, 2015
Five issues to watch as Denver Public Schools students return to the classroom
Denver Public Schools faces questions about equity, the makeup of its school board, the fate of a storied high school and more as the 2015-16 school year begins.
January 9, 2015
Boasberg: DPS will stick with PARCC, but tests should be shorter
DPS superintendent Tom Boasberg says he'd like to see a significant reduction in testing time.
January 7, 2015
First federal guidance on English learners in quarter century highlights access, communications
Districts and states must make sure English learners have access to all programs and are properly diagnosed with special needs.
what's the plan — stan?
August 19, 2014
As DPS looks to 2020, here are five things we’re watching for in the new Denver Plan
The Denver Plan, which comes in at just eight pages, is supposed to be more focused and community-friendly, district officials have said. This will be the third version of the plan, which was first published in 2005. The document, since the beginning, has meant to be equal parts road map and measuring stick for the urban school district.
August 19, 2014
DPS officials to unveil revised, slimmed down Denver Plan today
Superintendent Tom Boasberg, who will be flanked by community members, teachers, and students, is expected to present his district’s new strategic document this morning that will…
June 13, 2014
Boasberg shuffles leadership team
Denver Public Schools’ top boss has reshuffled his leadership team as the city’s school district moves toward rolling out its new strategic plan and after…
May 13, 2014
Tensions erupt at meeting to discuss future of embattled Denver high school
A proposal to turn the Manual High School campus over to a ninth grade academy for East and Manual students and a career and technical academy got an airing at a heated community meeting Monday night. Community members objected to the elimination of the current program and the impact on students.
Visit from the bigwig
May 8, 2014
Denver educators encourage Arne Duncan to cut bureaucracy, keep funding
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with teachers in Denver's pilot leadership program and some of the district's principals at Academia Ana Marie Sandoval in a whirlwind tour of some of Colorado's reform hot spots. Up for discussion were relations with teachers' unions, sustaining reforms beyond grants and cuts to government bureaucracy.
April 4, 2014
New Stapleton high school opens old wounds
The construction of a new high school in Stapleton has sparked a showdown between the district and one of the city's most vocal community. It has drawn attention to communication failures that other, less vocal communities have complained of for years.
March 25, 2014
After five years of Boasberg administration, cheers and jeers have piled up for Denver schools
As Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg heads toward the close of his fifth school year in office, five of his allies, critics and observers reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of his tenure.
January 22, 2014
Boasberg: Manual’s shortcomings are my responsibility
Denver's superintendent took full responsibility for the lackluster academic performance at a high school the district once promised would be the envy of reform efforts across the nation. "I own all of it," Tom Boasberg said in an interview with Chalkbeat Colorado. "I’m the leader of the school district. And Manual’s shortcomings are my responsibility."
January 10, 2014
Special Report: A promise unfulfilled at Manual High School
This special report on the past and present struggles of Manual High School was recognized as a finalist in an annual education reporting competition.
January 9, 2014
Missteps, red tape and lax oversight plagued Manual High School’s turnaround
Denver Public Schools has repeatedly taken actions to make it more difficult for Manual's staff to focus on their charge of building a strong school culture and boosting student achievement. The school district forced a rushed planning process to get the school off the ground, lost one school leader, and took a full school year to find a replacement, in the process leaving a vacuum that siphoned away early academic progress.
November 22, 2013
Reporter’s Notebook: The last laugh
There’s nothing unusual about a 4-3 vote for the Denver Public Schools board. The board’s current cohort, since 2011, has often found itself split along…
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.
November 5, 2013
Supporters of DPS administration claim victory in board races
Updated. A lot. Denver voters decided the fate of DPS' reform agenda Tuesday when they cast their votes in four contests for school board.
October 30, 2013
A66 campaigns accelerate into final days
You may have more than trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell this week as Amendment 66 campaigners hit the streets for one last push. There’s also plenty of campaign chatter online, including a Halloween-themed video.
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