- Divided community panel picks district-run option over charter to replace closing Denver school
- > Jun 9, 6:45 AM: A group of community members tasked with recommending which of two applicants should take over low-performing Amesse Elementary in far northeast Denver when it closes next spring is backing an application submitted by
- DSST charter network would open four new schools in Aurora under staff recommendation
- Jun 8, 6:20 AM: High-achieving Denver-based charter school network DSST is one step closer to expanding into Aurora after school district staff recommended school board approval of four new schools.
- When closing a Denver school, engaging the community to help can prove a balancing act
- > Jun 6, 6:09 AM: Comprised of parents and community members, the board will carry a strong voice in deciding which school — either McGlone or STRIVE — takes over low-performing Amesse Elementary in far northeast Denver, slated to be closed
- This Colorado conservative is taking a bigger role in expanding school choice across the nation
- > Jun 1, 5:08 AM: For the past two years as Colorado state director of the conservative political group Americans For Prosperity, Michael Fields has advocated at the statehouse and the ballot box for free-market policies, including
- Inside one Denver charter school operator’s push to serve all students
- > May 31, 5:32 AM: That changed in part because of an unusual effort by Denver Public Schools to get its charter schools to serve their fair share of high-needs students. It also changed because STRIVE embraced the new challenge, part of a
- Colorado to give charter schools ‘equal’ share of local public education funds
- May 26, 5:51 AM: In a move with little national precedent, the Colorado legislature approved a bill this month that requires school districts to share money raised from local tax increases with charter schools.
- These 20 schools just won approval from the Denver school board
- May 22, 6:44 AM: The Denver school board Thursday unanimously approved 11 new elementary charter schools, all of which are part of charter networks that already have a presence in the city.
- Denver Public Schools’ glaring conflict: both authorizing and operating schools
- > May 19, 5:22 AM: In a district that has long supported charter schools, it is charter schools that are leading the criticism. Even after DPS took extra steps this year to address the operator/authorizer conflict, charter operators are
- Denver charter applicant alleges school isn’t getting a fair shot because of ‘prior controversy’
- > May 19, 5:16 AM: The leader of a Wyoming-based charter school is asking the Denver school board to reject a recommendation that his application to open a school in the city be denied, saying he suspects it’s based on “prior controversy”
- New state laws to impact school funding
- > May 17, 6:36 AM: In addition to local efforts, new state laws will impact local school district funding in the future. The state Legislature rammed through two education bills before the session closed. One is likely to evoke cheers from
- School districts can create brand-new innovation schools, state high court rules
- > May 15, 6:46 AM: In a win for Denver Public Schools, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled the state’s largest school district didn’t break the law when it approved “innovation plans” granting more flexibility around staffing, curriculum
- “Historic” Colorado charter school funding measure headed for governor’s signature
- May 11, 4:49 AM: A bipartisan charter school funding bill that backers termed “historic” is headed for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature after passing the State Senate Wednesday.
- Lawmakers kill bill to send more tax money to Colorado charter schools, separate charter bill survives
- May 10, 6:36 AM: Opponents Tuesday cheered the defeat of a controversial measure that would have funneled more money to Colorado’s charter schools from voter-approved mill levy overrides.
- Two Colorado Springs charter schools prepare to swap buildings
- May 10, 6:00 AM: In a somewhat unusual turn of events, two charter schools in Colorado Springs are preparing to swap buildings.
- Tensions mount in Colorado House as debate continues on charter school funding deal
- May 9, 5:47 AM: The fate of a proposed compromise that could send more funding to charter schools was unclear Monday night as lawmakers in the Colorado House of Representatives battled over the issue.
- Colorado Democrats block charter school funding mandate in larger spending bill
- > May 8, 6:24 AM: Colorado Senate Democrats, aided by a rural Republican, stripped away a contentious amendment from this year’s school funding bill that would have mandated school districts share local tax increases with charter schools.
- Charter school funding fight — and a contentious amendment — shake up Colorado school finance debate
When state Sen. Owen Hill proposed an amendment to Colorado’s annual school funding bill, he told his colleagues on the Senate Education Committee no less than three times that the language was a carbon copy of another >
May 5, 5:47 AM:
- Amendment to school finance act leads to squabble
- May 1, 6:08 AM: The Democrats voted against the measure because of an amendment that would require districts to equally distribute funds to traditional schools and charter schools in their jurisdiction.
- Charters appeal to a growing number of families
- > Apr 27, 5:25 AM: Although Colorado is already a state in which parents have the option to enroll their children in public schools outside of their neighborhood, charters add an additional, attractive option for parents. Less regulation
- Democrats kill attempt to provide tax credits for private education
- Apr 25, 6:00 AM: A backdoor attempt to institute an education voucher-like program in Colorado was struck down Monday by Democrats in the state Legislature.
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