During Betsy DeVos’ bitter confirmation hearing last month for education secretary, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet pointed to Denver as a potential national model of a big city school district that’s found an innovative, balanced approach to school choice.
The Eagle County School District is considering adding tiny homes to some of its property. It’s one of the options the district has come up with – to make housing more affordable for teachers and staff.
Leaders of four charter school networks delivered an open letter to Denver Public Schools leadership Friday asking the district to let them ramp up the opening of new schools in the coming years to help meet ambitious goals to lift the quality of city schools.
The attorney general’s office has dedicated $250,000 to teaching elementary school children how to be smart about their finances. The catch? Teachers and school administrators must let the office know they’re interested.
Senate Bill 61 would require the state’s school districts to share a portion of locally approved tax increases with charter schools, which receive state funding but operate independently of the traditional school district system. The combined total school districts would be required to send to the state’s charter schools according to a legislative report: $94.4 million.
Of five Jefferson County elementary schools recommended for closure, one recently received the state’s lowest possible rating for academic performance and another has won awards from the governor for narrowing achievement gaps separating different groups of students.
The state Senate finance committee on Tuesday advanced a pro-school school choice bill that would offer an income tax break to parents who send their children to private schools and to those who fund scholarships to private schools. The bill passed on a 3-2 party line vote.
About 3,000 Colorado school district employees have been or will be told they must get new criminal background checks after a routine FBI audit found incomplete records in the state’s licensing database.
The largest provider of scholarships subsidizing private school tuition for low-income Colorado students is launching an expansion just as the role of private schools in U.S. K-12 education is being thrust into the spotlight in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Charters may not get all the district funds they desire, but they receive no less than 95 percent of state per-pupil funding, often get a portion of district funding, and can apply for a variety of federal and private funds.
Teachers and staff members in at least a dozen of Colorado’s most remote school districts are arming themselves instead of waiting for local law enforcement to rescue them in the face of a Columbine-style attack.