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 >>
The four candidates supportive of Denver Public Schools' brand of education reform swept the school board election yesterday. Barbara O'Brien, Rosemary Rodriguez, Mike Johnson and Landri Taylor will fill the four open slots on a seven-member board that has been characterized by clashes between its r ... More >>
A second round of campaign finance reports filed in the Denver Public Schools school board election reveals a familiar pattern: the four so-called reform candidates continue to raise the most money, thanks to donations from high-profile reformers, such as Texas billionaires John and Laura Arnold, wh ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Drawing the Line," delves into the Denver Public Schools Board of Education election -- possibly the most important political race you're not paying attention to. The future direction of DPS is at stake, with about half of the nine candidates in favor of continuing the dist ... More >>
Colorado documentary-maker Brian Malone has taken on some big topics over the years, including the media in Breaking News and environmental dangers via Intelligent Life -- not to mention the late, great Blinky the Clown. But his latest project -- The Reformers, launching tonight in Parker -- is amon ... More >>
Here's the problem: In Denver, 56 percent of public school fourth graders are not proficient in reading -- a measurement that experts say is closely linked to dropout rates, graduation rates and possibly even incarceration. It's an alarming trend that is much worse for minority and low-income studen ... 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 >>
A few hours after lunch, students across America start to get cranky. Their blood sugar plunges, their eyes glaze over, and their stomachs start to rumble. They find a quick fix in the school's vending machines by gorging themselves on greasy potato chips and sugary sodas. Energy levels skyrocket be ... More >>
Even though Denver public schools are out for the summer and most graduation ceremonies are over, the debate over DPS's increasing graduation rates continues. For more, read our feature, "Passing on Education." Today, Education News Colorado contributor Alexander Ooms weighs in with an opini ... More >>
Nicole Veltze. North High school will have a new principal next year, its fourth in five years. Nicole Veltze, the current principal at nearby Skinner Middle School, will take over for Ed Salem, who has helmed North since the fall of 2008. Tomorrow, the North community will have the opportun ... More >>
Easley.Update: Easley responds to DeFENSE Denver below our original item. DeFENSE Denver, a self-described coalition of parents, students and educators, is one of the forces behind the recent recall attempt of Denver Public Schools board president Nate Easley. And the group has not taken kin ... More >>
Michael Bennet."School of Thought: 11 Education Activists for 2011," just published by Time magazine, contains some predictable names (Michelle Rhee) and some surprising ones (Jeb Bush?). But the highest ranking elected official cited is Senator Michael Bennet, who's been getting a gusher of ... More >>
What's Dan Hawkins happy about?As CU fans were wondering if the school will wind up in an expanded Pac 10 or remain in the Big 12, the NCAA hit the university with sanctions. Why? The football and basketball programs failed to reach required minimum academic standards -- which is shocking gi ... More >>
Will Colorado win round two of Race to the Top? a) Yes b) No c) Maybe so After not succeeding the first time, Colorado is try-trying again to win Race to the Top. The state submitted its application today for round two of the federal education-reform grant contest, in which it stands to win ... More >>
Boasberg wants parents to talk to him. Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg wants to hear from parents. Next month, he's launching the Superintendent's Parents Forum, an every-other-month gathering between district officials and a group consisting of two parents from each DPS sch ... 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 >>
"This is harder to understand than geometry..."Tonight, the Denver Public Schools board will consider a range of reform issues involving low-performing schools and much more. But the agenda calls for the outgoing board, including three members who'll be attending their last meeting, to vote o ... 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 >>
A graphic from the new SchoolVIEW website.On Friday, the Colorado Department of Education unveiled SchoolVIEW.org, a new website that aims to make it easier than ever for parents to check on the standardized-testing achievements of a specific school and district -- and it does just that. For ... More >>
The December 6, 2007 Message column focused on The Jump, an organization made up of former journalists eager to help veteran colleagues who've recently left newspapering to take the next career step. Among those featured was Jump board member Todd Engdahl, a multi-position player at the Denver Post ... More >>
DPS's former superintendent has some ideas about improving schools.
This senior won't give DPS a gold star.
Skyland Community High School faces renewal or revocation of its charter next week. Itís out to prove it can make the grade.
From the week of March 20, 2003
DPS's new literacy program is raising the bar -- but will it raise test scores?
The state's new teacher incentive program has had unintended consequences.
As the controversy continues over Colorado's new report cards, Westword offers this handy guide for the perplexed.
Four Denver schools plan to switch to a year-round schedule.
Three years ago, Ashley was branded the worst elementary school in Denver. Whatís changed? Everything.