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December 10, 2014
In Douglas County voucher case, Supreme Court wonders what defines a public school
The oral arguments centered around whether the program violates the state's school funding and charter school laws, whether the program is designed to benefit the student or religious institutions, and whether the plaintiffs — a group of parents and taxpayers — have legal standing to challenge the program.
December 10, 2014
Watch the Colorado Supreme Court’s hearing on vouchers
The Colorado Supreme Court this afternoon will to hear oral arguments in the Douglas County voucher case. While it’s unlikely you’ll find a seat in the…
November 10, 2014
Two Colorado high schools expect mass opt-outs from tests this week
Nearly 200 seniors at Fairview High School in Boulder are expected to opt-out and protest this fall's standardized tests in social studies and science. The protest will be Thursday. Meanwhile, in Douglas County, a principal ask parents to have their students take the test.
November 3, 2014
Colorado Supreme Court to hear Dougco voucher case arguments in December
The state’s highest court will hear oral arguments on the Douglas County School District’s voucher program next month. Arguments before the Colorado Supreme Court, three…
September 5, 2014
Defendants: Dougco voucher program constitutional based on previous Colo. Supreme Court decisions
The voucher plan, which is on hold pending litigation, would allow Douglas County students to use public tax dollars to enroll in private — and often religious — schools. The purpose of plan was to provide parents with control over their student's education, the briefs argue.
August 18, 2014
As TCAP era ends, school districts tout gains and one looks forward to new tests
Late last week the Colorado Department of Education released the latest — and last — round of student results from the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or…
July 16, 2014
State review rejects union claims against Dougco teacher eval system
In a review requested by the Dougco teachers union, state officials found no evidence that the school district’s teacher evaluation system violated state law. The…
June 13, 2014
State Board approves $1M shift of low-income funding to Dougco
The State Board of Education this week voted 6-1 to approve a pilot program under which the relatively wealthy Douglas County Schools will receive an additional $547,072 in federal Title I money next year to provide services for poor students.
May 30, 2014
Plaintiffs: Dougco voucher program thwarts constitution
The 80-page document, filed on behalf of two groups of plaintiffs, argues why the district-created voucher program, known as the Choice Scholarship Program, should not be permitted to launch.
May 13, 2014
Dougco union requests state review of teacher evaluation system
In a first for Colorado, the Douglas County teachers’ union is asking the state to take a close look at the district’s teacher evaluation system,…
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May 10, 2014
Superintendent finalist eager to prove himself to Jeffco community
Dan McMinimee told Chalkbeat the 3-2 vote that named him Jeffco's sole finalist for the superintendent position is motivation to demonstrate why he's the best candidate for the job.
March 17, 2014
Colorado Supreme Court will hear Dougco voucher case
Update: This article has been updated with comments from Dougco school board member Craig Richardson and from ACLU-Colorado legal director Mark Silverstein. Colorado’s highest court has…
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January 27, 2014
Dougco parents, board express concern on “testing madness”
Douglas County school officials met with parents on Friday to describe an educational landscape chocked by tests and shed some light on why its board of directors' has decided to attempt an opt out mechanism for state and federal testing mandates. Officials also hoped to gather input on how the south suburban school district should proceed, but most parents were ambivalent about the current testing systems and were only beginning to process the board's decision.
January 8, 2014
Denver ranks fifth in nation for school choice
In a study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, Denver Public Schools moved into fifth place for its school choice system, a leap from 24th…
December 6, 2013
The last word on Douglas County election money
The winning Douglas County school board candidates raised and spent nearly three times as much money on the election as their opponents, according to final campaign finance filings reported on Thursday.
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