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Aurora Public Schools becomes latest Colorado district to pay its board members

The Aurora school district will pay future board members a stipend of up to $450 a month, the board decided on Tuesday.  Serving on a school board to help guide a district in creating policy, setting goals, and hiring superintendents has traditionally been a volunteer position in Colorado. Board members say that it requires a […]

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Driving a decade of progress, Hispanic students in Colorado made huge gains in high school graduation

When Rosa Beltran was going through high school in the late ’90s in a small town in southern Colorado, she never expected to graduate. “My parents were very concerned about just working and trying to put food on the table. I don’t think I ever had that support from the school either,” Beltran said about […]

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Best laid plans: Years of planning haven’t spared Aurora from angst over closing schools

With students leaving one side of Aurora and new students showing up on the opposite end of the city, the Aurora school district needed a new plan to rearrange classroom space. It started collecting public opinion and crafting a long-term plan five years ago. Yet now many parents are upset, and school board members are […]

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Amid Colorado’s substitute shortages, school specialists are filling in while juggling their own work

When Amie Seese moved into a new job at Mrachek Middle School in Aurora last spring, the goal was for her to spend this school year improving special education programming. She created a spreadsheet and was eager to track which students were struggling the most and in what areas, after last year’s disruptive learning. She […]

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Sheridan School District is first in Colorado to pay its school board members

The school board in Sheridan, just south of Denver, voted Monday to allow compensation for board members, becoming one of the first in Colorado to do so. The five-member Sheridan board voted unanimously to allow its members to get paid $150 for a full day of board work — such as attending board conferences or […]

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Union-backed candidates in Jeffco are outspending school board competitors

As has been typical in recent school board elections in Jeffco, union-backed candidates are outspending opposing conservative candidates. To date, the seven candidates have reported a collective total of about $255,000 in contributions, but only about $30,000 of that is for the conservative slate of Theresa Shelton, Kathy Miks, and Jeffrey Wilhite, which is against […]

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Aurora and Denver school boards discuss pay for board members

Aurora’s school board could become one of the first in the state to pay board members, while Denver school board members have started discussing a similar proposal. In Colorado, school board members serve as volunteers, and have not been allowed to be compensated for their time. But a law passed in April changed that. Proponents of paying […]