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Education

  • Jeffco student leaders want to see board majority recalled

     By Gabrielle Porter

    For the Courier

    Student walkout organizers from several Jeffco high schools said they want to see the majority members of the school board recalled but don’t want to lead the charge.

    “We want another organization to make the recall instead of us,” said Mali Holmes, an Evergreen High School senior who was part of a panel discussion held at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Oct. 16. 

  • Q&A with CD7 State Board of Education candidates

     Editor’s note:With mail ballots in the hands of South Jeffco residents, the Courier is reviewing the candidates vying for votes. Republican Laura Boggs, a former member of the Jeffco school board, is challenging incumbent Democrat Jane Goff for the District 7 seat on the State Board of Education.

    School districts in Colorado take pride in having local control. What role should the State Board of Education play in Colorado’s public schools?

     

    Laura Boggs

  • McMinimee to be graded on academic, student goals

    The Jeffco school board agreed that Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s performance-based salary incentives should align with the board’s academic and student growth goals.

    “It’s important to me that a significant portion of (McMinimee’s bonus) focus on achieving the academic goals this board has set,” school board President Ken Witt said at last Thursday’s study session.

  • 300 protest school board, urge recall election

    A group of Jeffco high school students announced Saturday that they are ready to lead an effort to recall the Jeffco school board majority if enough community members also are willing. 

    “This board will not change. A recall is (necessary),” said Chalen Gordon-McGlone, a senior at Evergreen High School. “I know (a recall) will take a lot of work, but we must work together. We are much stronger together than as individuals.”

  • McMinimee says compromise was close on curriculum review

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee believes he almost negotiated a compromise on the school board majority’s controversial proposal to create a curriculum review committee at the board’s Oct. 2 meeting. 

  • Harsh lessons: Classroom work a casualty as politics plague Jeffco school district

    Student protests and teacher sick-outs in Jeffco Public Schools have put the county’s K-12 system at the center of national media coverage and further polarized the already-strife-torn school district.

    Two weeks ago, school board member Julie Williams, one of three conservatives elected last November, proposed a curriculum review committee designed to boost patriotism and downplay civil disorder in Advanced Placement history classes.

  • Massive protest lines Wadsworth Boulevard

    Hundreds of community members lined Wadsworth Boulevard on Friday evening to protest recent actions by the Jeffco school board.

    “The school board is making some poor decisions,” said Don Weeks, a Jeffco resident, as he stood at West Bowles Avenue and Wadsworth.

  • Jeffco school board tables controversial curriculum committee

    The Jeffco Board of Education tabled last Thursday its proposal to create a curriculum committee tasked with evaluating the district’s Advanced Placement history class after heated discussion at the meeting and dissension from the PTA earlier in last week.

     “I have to say, I find this resolution chilling,” said board member Lesley Dahlkemper after reading the proposed guidelines for the committee.

  • Teacher salaries capped in compensation plan

    The best-paid teachers in Jeffco will earn just more than $81,000 this year.

    The Jeffco school board continued its work on the district’s new teacher compensation model at its meeting last Thursday, which included the maximum $81,030 salary.

     “Having that high-water mark, we will not only attract but also retain the great teachers we have in our system,” said Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

  • Incidents prompt board member to enroll daughters in private school

    Graffiti targeting school board member John Newkirk near his youngest daughter's elementary school prompted the family to enroll their girls in a private school for the 2014-15 school year.

    “After much thought and discussion, our family made the decision to move our daughters to an alternate school environment for the 2014-15 year,” Newkirk said.

    Newkirk declined to name the school his daughters are attending but said it is a “faith-based” school in Littleton.