• Length of contract is latest sticking point in talks with teachers union

    Negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have hit a snag over the length of the next contract.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s bargaining team wants a three-year contract for teachers. The school district wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

    The two sides seemed to be nearing an agreement before the issue came up at a July 15 negotiating session. Negotiators left the meeting without a resolution and with no date for the next session. 

  • Teachers, district to resume contract talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union will head back to the bargaining table this week after a disagreement over the contract’s length stalled bargaining for more than three weeks.

    Representatives of the two sides, which are more than five months into negotiating a new contract, walked out of the last bargaining session July 15 without agreeing on the length of the contract. The Jefferson County Education Association wants a three-year contract guaranteed for teachers, while Jeffco Public Schools wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

  • Student performance on PARCC test falls short of expectations

     More than half of the Colorado third- through 11th-graders who took the controversial PARCC exams last spring did not meet expectations in math and English language arts, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Education.

  • Hearing date set for campaign finance complaint

    The state has set a hearing date for a complaint filed by a Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization accusing groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws.

  • New school board members take oath of office

    Jeffco’s newly elected school board members officially took the helm of the district last Thursday and are set to re-examine several of their predecessors’ controversial decisions in coming weeks.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, were greeted with waves of applause as they took the oath of office and their seats at the board table.

  • Falcon Bluffs teacher inspires students’ quest for fitness

    Allyn Atadero has got the kids at Falcon Bluffs Middle School moving.

    Atadero, a physical education teacher at the South Jeffco school, was named the Colorado middle school P.E. teacher of the year by SHAPE Colorado. He was nominated by Jeffco Public Schools in part for his SPARK FITStep program, in which students use pedometers to track physical activity in gym class.

  • PBS show will look at Jeffco’s fractured school district

    A PBS program called “Postcards from a Divided America,” set to air next summer, will highlight Jeffco’s contentious school board election, a producer said.

    Producer Paul Stekler said the project will focus on state and local politics in different states, “the dynamics of which may be relevant to the outcome of the November 2016 race for president.” A short film on Colorado will highlight state politics as well as the Jeffco school board election of 2015.

  • Watchdog group files complaints against nonprofits pushing recall

    A Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization has accused groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws in two lawsuits that will go before Colorado’s Office of Administrative Courts.

  • Threat posted on Facebook unsettles attendees at candidate forum

    A Facebook post calling for the “execution” of the instigators of Jeffco’s school board recall, authored by a former Evergreen resident with alleged ties to white-supremacist groups, caused some alarm Oct. 13 at a candidates forum in Conifer.

    Nate Marshall posted a picture of a “No Recall” yard sign on his public Facebook wall Oct. 13, accompanied by a message that called recall instigators “scum.” The post said they should be “executed” and “forced to pay” for their actions.

  • Dakota Ridge set to begin Theory of Knowledge discussions

    Dakota Ridge High School on Thursday will kick off its Theory of Knowledge Talks, a series of community conversations led by instructors from the school on a range of topics that impact the community.

    Teachers from the school’s International Baccalaureate program will lead two discussions each semester on a range of issues, said Mark Sherman, a teacher in the IB program who is coordinating the talks.