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What’s at stake in the Denver school board election two years after a historic shift

Two years after a historic “flip” of the Denver school board, the teachers union is spending big in next week’s election in the hopes of hanging on to a political majority. That majority has allowed the current union-backed board to undo or halt controversial reforms put in place by its predecessors, including closing low-performing schools […]

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Fraught Douglas County School Board meeting follows federal judge’s ruling on masks

They’re sociopaths. They should resign. Nothing but dictators. They don’t care about kids, they just use them as political pawns. Those are a few of the comments slung at Douglas County School Board members and the district’s superintendent during an emotional, hours-long board meeting Tuesday. “They are possessed with the spirit of tyranny,” a man […]

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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 […]

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An end to Denver’s school reform era? Teachers union-backed school board candidates win big

The Denver school board is on the verge of a historic shift, with two candidates backed by the teachers union scoring decisive wins and a third holding a narrow lead. This marks the first time in a decade that candidates supported by proponents of education reform won’t have the majority on the Denver school board. […]

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State Board raises standards, making it harder for Colorado schools to earn a top rating

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado Hundreds of Colorado schools are likely to lose their top rating under changes approved by the State Board of Education Thursday, and those that still qualify likely will serve fewer students in poverty. Advocates of this change say it’s a step toward aligning Colorado’s school rating system with the realities of student […]

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Should Colorado teens get a vote in school board elections? These legislators think so

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado A coalition of youth advocates is pushing Colorado to allow most high school juniors and seniors to vote in school board elections. “Students are experts in their own education,” said Tezcatli Diaz, director of youth civic engagement for Student Voice, Student Vote, one of the groups calling for the change. […]