Denver Public Schools loses another charter school appeal

The Colorado State Board of Education Wednesday rejected the Denver Public Schools board’s June denial of a charter school application centered on the needs of Black students and sent the application back to the district for reconsideration.

STRIVE, Rocky Mountain Prep leaders discuss pending merger

The impending merger of Rocky Mountain Prep and STRIVE, two of Metro Denver’s most successful charter school networks, is the most consequential change in the city’s charter sector in many years, if not ever. Read what the two people leading the transition have to say about the opportunities and challenges it presents.

Contentious meeting, survey results highlight ongoing DPS board divisions

Much of the current animosity appears to stem from board President Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán’s June media interviews, during which she accused Anderson and board member Scott Esserman of a mix of sexism, misogyny and racism for disrespecting and undermining her role as president.

How one charter school is working to counter Covid learning loss

Academy 360, a Denver charter school, has banded together with eight other charters using a state grant to use summer school to help stem Covid learning loss.

UPDATED: DPS board to vote June 16 on restoring some innovation school freedoms

The Denver school board will hold a special meeting June 16 to vote on restoring some freedoms that were stripped from 52 innovation schools by a hastily passed policy change earlier this spring.

Innovation zone leaders see new law as a step forward

In the end, supporters of innovation schools and zones did not get everything they wanted out of a new state law offering an added layer of dispute resolution when innovation zone plans are changed or status is revoked, but they’re framing it as a step forward nonetheless.

For DSST seniors, exciting futures come into focus

One by one, each school paraded its seniors to the stage to make their big announcement. Each announcement was followed by thunderous cheers and more than a few tears.

DPS move to muzzle innovation dissent generates big blowback

If Superintendent Alex Marrero and his team intended to calm the storm that has erupted during the past month over the attempt to limit innovation school freedoms, a letter intended to muzzle dissent appears to have backfired. In fact, district employees are becoming more outspoken in their displeasure over a multitude of issues they say are being mishandled by the current administration.

Under heavy pressure, DPS board members demand more information on impact of innovation school changes

Four Denver school board members have requested from Superintendent Alex Marrero a school-by-school inventory of how recently approved changes to policy could negatively affect the school district’s 52 innovation schools.

Coming Friday: Boardhawk’s first social media takeover

Our Instagram account will be taken over by the Hernandez family Friday at 5 p.m.. Matthew is a fourth-grader at Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside, and his mother, Anabell, has some thoughts to share, along with compelling photos and videos.

UPDATED: DPS details new innovation school limitations

A memo sent this week to Denver innovation school leaders from Denver Public Schools officials delineates in stark terms just how many flexibilities previously granted to the schools will be stripped away by a recent Board of Education policy change.

Total Denver school board time talking student learning since November: 41 minutes

Since taking office last Nov. 30, the Denver school board has spent less than 2 percent of its time together discussing and asking questions about student learning and academics, a review of board agendas and meeting recordings shows.

Divided, embittered Denver board approves innovation school curbs

The board debate before the vote revealed deep fissures among members, who, in the wake of last November’s election, appeared to represent a unified progressive coalition.

Ex-state senator says curtailing innovation school waivers would be illegal

Stripping some autonomy from Denver's 52 innovation schools would be an illegal move by the Board of Education, a former state senator asserts in a letter sent to the board.

Amid dissent, innovation changes could be modified by Denver school board

A proposal led by two Denver school board members to curtail some of the autonomies bestowed on the district’s 52 innovation schools by state law is likely to be modified and perhaps delayed after a tense debate during a day-long meeting Thursday.



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