Category: News

Board of Education Update – Work Session, February 13, 2017

Continued Prohibition of Diet Soda in Schools Recommended Under DPS Board Policy EFEA: Nutritious Food Choices, school beverage sales must satisfy the minimum nutrition standards for beverages adopted by the State Board of Education. In September 2016, the State Board of Education lifted the ban on the sale of diet soda to high school students, changing the Colorado Healthy Beverages

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Board of Education Update – Focus on Achievement Session, February 2, 2017

School Performance Framework Purpose, School Experience and Proposed Changes At the February 2 Focus on Achievement session the Board of Education discussed the intended purpose of the district’s School Performance Framework (SPF), heard how it is being experienced in schools and contemplated proposed changes for next year. SPF Purpose The SPF, first issued in 2008, was primarily

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School Performance Compact Update: Gilpin Montessori

At the January 19, 2017 Board meeting, the Board of Education heard from dozens of community members about its decision in December to close Gilpin Montessori School under its new School Performance Compact policy. Several board members cited concerns about the execution of the policy but declined to bring the decision back for another vote.

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National Blue Ribbon Schools, Distinguished Schools Recognized

Cory Elementary School and DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School were recognized by the board for being named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools — a mark of excellence bestowed on only 279 public schools of the 132,500 schools nationwide. You can read the full proclamations here. The board also recognized and honored the outstanding performance

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African-American Equity Task Force Update

The African-American Equity Task Force — formed in response to Dr. Sharon Bailey’s report on factors contributing to the opportunity gap that exists for our African-American students and educators — gave an update to the Board of Education on its work at the January 19, 2017 board meeting. The task force laid out its action steps

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Graduation Rates Up, Dropout Rates Down In 10-Year Trend

At the January 19, 2017 Board meeting Superintendent Tom Boasberg presented the board with news announced today that DPS graduation rates continue to climb and dropout numbers continue to decline, continuing a 10-year trend of improvement in both areas: For the ninth consecutive year, the four-year or “on-time” graduation rate has steadily increased. In 2006-07,

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Board Reviews Financial State of the District, Changes in Student-Based Budgeting

The Board of Education tonight continued its discussions on the district’s long-range financial forecast, with Chief Financial Officer Mark Ferrandino and his team presenting the State of the District. The focus of the night’s discussion hinged on a key area of change proposed to the district’s School-Based Budgeting or SBB process — weighting budget allocations

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Board Reviews Long-Range Planning, Budget Impacts

At the January 5 Focus on Achievement session, school board members discussed the district’s long-range financial forecast, including factors such as projected enrollment and anticipated cuts in state funding.They also heard from a panel of school leaders about budget flexibility and discussed allocation of 2016 mill levy override dollars. Among the highlights of the financial forecast:

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January 2017 Board of Education Meetings

Board Study Sessions, Board Meetings, and Public Comment are typically held at the Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln Street, unless otherwise posted. JANUARY 2017 1/5 Focus on Achievement Study Session – 4:30pm 1/17 Finance & Audit Meeting – 3:00pm (Tuesday) 1/17 Work Session – 4:30pm (Tuesday) 1/19 Regular Meeting – 4:30pm; Public Comment – 5:30pm

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Charter Renewal Decisions

At the Board Meeting on December 15 board members voted to approve the renewal of the following charter schools’ contracts. Far Northeast/Near Northeast: Academy 360 KIPP Montbello College Prep Middle School Monarch Montessori Denver Language School DSST Cole Middle School Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Wyatt Academy Northwest/Southwest: Academy of Urban Learning Cesar Chavez Academy Girls

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