A lot has changed at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, a local charter school whose stellar test scores belied the tense environment that characterized the school when we wrote about it in November 2011. In March 2012, the founder of the school -- and the man who teachers and parents said was the so ... More >>
In 2002, we reported that former P.S.1 charter school principal Stephen Myers resigned his principal job in Massachusetts after he was accused of making inappropriate comments to a male student -- an allegation that didn't surprise his old P.S.1 colleagues. Now, Boston Magazine has written an in-dep ... More >>
Jim Griffin, president of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, has been inducted into the Charter Schools Hall of Fame. "Colorado has been on the forefront of our nation's charter school movement and has provided other states with examples of how strong policies and effective leadership can ha ... More >>
North High School has had many struggles. Among them: poor test scores, low enrollment, myriad redesigns and lax oversight of the school's credit recovery program. But a community group called Choose North Now thinks the historic high school is beginning to turn around -- and that co-locating a char ... More >>
The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy charter school can continue operating. Today, the Charter School Institute voted to extend the embattled school's contract for five more years -- with several stipulations. Among them: Find a new leader. The school's founder and most recent principal, Marcos Martinez ... More >>
The turmoil continues at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy charter school in Westminster, the subject of our recent cover story, "A Hard Line." Facing two lawsuits and many more complaints, the school has now (at least temporarily) lost its leader, about whom many of the complaints were made. ... More >>
Ethan Hemming, charter school whiz and former interim executive director of the Charter School Institute, is no longer interim. The institute's board of directors has made him the official executive director and head of an organization in the process of righting itself after several things went wron ... More >>
Is Marcos Martinez, principal at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy and the subject of our recent feature "A Hard Line," on his way out as head of the Westminster charter school? Westword just received word that Martinez, chess instructor Dominic Martinez and director of curriculum and instruction Ga ... More >>
A group of parents associated with the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy is airing its concerns about the charter school, which was the subject of our recent feature story, "A Hard Line." They're circulating a petition to remove the school's leader, Marcos Martinez, and have sent a list of concer ... More >>
Flickr The school children shall melt no more! Or if they do, they'll do it later in the summer. The Denver Public School board of education has voted to push back the school start-date this coming fall, after a mid-August heat wave caused students to sweat and their parents to petition to de ... More >>
Colorado is seventh in the nation when it comes to the quality of its charter school laws, according to a ranking released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. That's actually a downgrade from last year, when Colorado ranked fourth in the country. Why the slip? The folks ... More >>
Update: The State Board of Education has approved new standards for charter school authorizers -- the school districts and one quasi-state agency that approve new charter schools. But the standards aren't mandatory. As the Colorado Department of Education's Amy Anderson tell us, state board members ... More >>
Denver blog posts-o-rama. At People's Press Collective, Jon Caldara touts next month's founder's night dinner, co-starring Ann Coulter and...Jake Jabs? Unseen Denver features a shapely Capitol Hill skeleton. At Colorado Education News, Vinny Badolato thinks standards will take charter schools to ... More >>
The Charter School Institute board is once again complete. Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed a ninth member: Liz Aybar, who once served as principal of the now-shuttered P.S. 1 Charter School in Denver. Aybar and the other eight board members have their work cut out for them, as explai ... More >>
Applications were due yesterday for schools wishing to continue under the banner of the Charter School Institute, a quasi-state agency created in 2004 to approve charter schools rejected by districts with an ax to grind. The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy -- the subject of our cover story, "A ... More >>
FlickrEnrollment in charter schools is growing nationwide, as well as here in Colorado. More than two million students now attend charter schools in the U.S., a 13 percent increase from last year, according to numbers released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Colorad ... More >>
This year may be the last for the Life Skills Center, a last-chance high school that Westword profiled in 2007. Last night, the Denver Public Schools board voted to shutter the struggling alternative charter school, which had been given a second chance in 2008 after facing the same fate.
Lawrence Hernandez likes to eat out, and likes you to pay for it.Every week we introduce you to one of life's biggest shmucks. Our latest: the Cesar Chavez Schools network. Since they began gaining steam in the late-90s, charter schools -- those independent public schools whose freedom from ... More >>
Lots more of these want to attend sixth grade in the Lake Middle School building, which will also house a West Denver Prep charter school next year.Update, 2:10 p.m.: Westword just spoke to Andrea Merida. To read what she had to say, click on "More" and scroll to the bottom. Denver Public Sc ... More >>
Tom Boasberg has got DPS' numbers.More kids are enrolled in Colorado schools than ever before: 832,368 to be exact, according to numbers released this week by the state Department of Education. And Denver Public Schools is contributing heavily to that growth. The city's enrollment is up 4,493 ... More >>
$240,605 $41,470 $30,116 = an expensive school board raceThe final tally of money raised in last November's contentious Denver Public Schools school board election is in. And according to Education News Colorado reporter Nancy Mitchell, that tally is "jaw-dropping." The three non-incumbe ... More >>
P.S. 1 Charter School is in the Golden Triangle neighborhoodThe evidence against P.S. 1 Charter School, the subject of this week's feature, "P.S. 1 Didn't Make the Grade, But Can Anything Replace Denver's Longest-running Charter School?," is harsh. Several reports from Denver Public Schools o ... More >>
Maybe the Denver Public Schools board should have taken a cue from the smiling children in this DPS promo photo.Last night's Denver Public Schools board meeting had its fair share of hateration. And plenty of people turned out to witness it. By 4:25 p.m., signs on the boardroom door at the ... More >>
Students at Denver Big Picture High School are part of DPS' big picture.Denver Public Schools officials have suggested a series of plans to "turn around" the city's six lowest-performing schools. But before they approve the changes, they want to hear from the public. The Board of Education ... More >>
Linda Trabucco.Why on earth would a female high-school teacher want to boink a male student? After all, teenage boys are typically terrible conversationalists, are prone to doing stupid things (and then doing them again), and have terrible skin. And who cares if a stiff breeze can give them a ... More >>
A Flickr photo"Ah-choo!" My wife has a cold -- a regular, standard, garden-variety cold. No fever. No blinding headaches. No agonizing joint pain. A cold. The kind that causes sneezing. And this Saturday, as we watched two very long baseball games starring our nephew in conditions that ranged from ... More >>
The logo of Rishel Middle School. Last night, emotions were high at the Denver Public Schools' board meeting. Many controversial issues were on the table: new charter-school proposals, a plan to have several schools share space with one another, and the much-protested idea of closing struggling ... More >>
Justin Martinez was raised in the school of hard knocks, but Life Skills is his last hope for a diploma.
In his first week running his new website, Brad Jones crashed a state representative. What will he do for an encore?
Skyland Community High School faces renewal or revocation of its charter next week. Itís out to prove it can make the grade.
Denver School of Science and Technology
Excel Academy charter school wants a home, but neighbors say not on their range.
Virtual schools are becoming a viable option for parents who prefer to keep their kids at home.
Four Denver schools plan to switch to a year-round schedule.
Charter schools are perfect for special-education kids. That's the problem.
Neighbors of Jefferson Academy think the charter school could use a civics lesson.
The University of Northern Colorado expels its longtime laboratory school.
P.S.1's changing course leaves some people wondering what direction the charter school is taking.
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