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October 22, 2013
Study, model bill take different angle on accountability
A new study by two Boston College researchers, along with a model law drafted by a well-known Colorado education activist, lays out an alternative vision…
October 21, 2013
Why Indiana matters when it comes to education
(NOTE: Much has changed since this post was first published in October of 2013. This post has not been updated to reflect…
October 17, 2013
Handful of donors dominate contributions in key districts
Two wealthy men, both strong advocates of school choice and vouchers, have provided $140,000 of the $199,000 contributed to eight candidates in four contentious races for the Douglas County school board.
October 3, 2013
Remainders: Instead of lamenting TFA exit, a treatise on staying
A Teach for America alum says he stayed after two years because he liked the challenge. (Get Schooled) The principals union is upset…
October 2, 2013
In a first, Englewood hires Generation Schools to overhaul district
Englewood School District has signed a year-long partnership with the non-profit Generation Schools, a non-profit whose model includes extended learning time, increased teacher collaboration and smaller class sizes.
September 26, 2013
O’Brien, Kiley and Poston argue conflict of interest, Amendment 66
Updated - In the second live-streamed DPS debate, Denver's city-wide school board candidates Michael Kiley, Barbara O'Brien and Joan Poston wrangled over issues ranging from teacher evaluations, last year's bond and mill levy to candidates' conflict of interest.
September 10, 2013
Jeffco Board candidates stress teacher quality, engagement
Teacher quality and the coming wave of new standards, tests and regulations were on the minds of Jefferson County school board candidates Monday night.
May 23, 2013
Weiner supports co-locations, Catholic schools on first day out
Anthony Weiner's views on education policy became a little clearer on his first full day on the campaign trail, when he told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that he supports letting charter schools use space in public school buildings. The issue puts him at odds with several of his Democratic competitors for mayor, who have said they would impose a moratorium on the space-sharing arrangements. Co-location has induced tension in many school buildings, but it has also allowed the city's charter school sector to thrive, and whether to continue the practice is a major decision facing the next mayor. In fact, on the issue of school choice, Weiner suggested that his support extends well beyond the public school system. He proposed helping non-public schools — he cited cash-strapped Catholic schools in particular — with publicly funded support that they are already entitled to, including technology, health care and security. He first floated the idea in his 2009 policy book "Keys to the City," which he re-released last month.
May 16, 2013
After appellate court ruling, city finally hangs up 'turnaround' bid
The city is finally, officially calling off its quest to close 24 schools that a labor arbitrator ended nearly a year ago. After an arbitrator ruled that the city's plans to overhaul the schools using a process known as "turnaround" violated its contracts with the teachers and principals unions, the city filed suit, arguing that the issue wasn't fit for arbitration in the first place. A judge quickly ruled against the city, and the school closure plans were halted for the year. But the city appealed again, and today, the state's Appellate Court ruled again that the city's arguments were without merit. "The arbitrator neither exceeded his powers ... nor violated public policy in resolving the merits of the parties' disputes,” read the ruling by the panel of judges.
April 16, 2013
Number of charter school common apps nearly tripled this year
The number of families applying to city charter schools through an online system designed to ease the admissions process doubled this year, according to the New York City Charter School Center. This was the second year that the Common Online Charter Application, which the charter center developed, was open to all charter schools for use. The application deadline was April 1. The number of individual students who submitted the common application rose from 7,130 last year to 15,805 this year. Together, they submitted 58,117 applications, more than three times as many as last year, meaning that the average applicant applied to more schools this year. A total of 145 schools, up from 110 last year, accepted the common application. (Many schools also had their own applications, so the number of common applicants does not reflect all charter school applicants this year.) In offering a common application, the charter center is responding to criticism that having to fill out multiple schools' applications discourages all but the most motivated parents and effectively screens out needy students. The common application also enables families to apply easily to multiple schools — a data point the charter sector points to as evidence that the public wants more charter schools.
April 12, 2013
Civil liberties groups challenge Dougco voucher ruling
Three civil liberties organizations Thursday asked the Colorado Supreme Court to strike down Douglas County's Choice Scholarship voucher program.
April 4, 2013
ACTvF aims to avoid common post-founding principal struggle
On his first day as principal of the Academy for Careers in Television and Film in January, Edgar Rodriguez had his hands full. The two…
April 2, 2013
Q&A with Dougco’s newest board member
EdNews Colorado reporter Julie Poppen recently sat down with the newest member of Douglas County's school board, Carrie Mendoza.
April 2, 2013
School finance bill goes to House
Updated - The Senate has given 20-15 final approval to the proposed overhaul of the school funding system.
March 5, 2013
Voices: Appellate court was right on vouchers
The field director for Parent Led Reform celebrates a recent appellate court ruling that overturned a lower court's opinion that Dougco's school voucher program is unconstitutional.
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