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Education

  • Group supporting recall files complaint

    A Jeffco-based advocacy group that supports the effort to recall the school board’s conservative majority has filed a complaint alleging charitable fraud against an opposing group over a website domain name.

  • Police called to teacher welcome event

    Lakewood police officers made an appearance at a Jeffco Public Schools orientation for new teachers Aug. 4 after union representatives passing out fliers were told they were trespassing.

    The relationship between the Jefferson County Education Association and the school district has been strained in recent months over two lawsuits, contract negotiations, and an attempt to recall the district’s three conservative school board members.

  • District, teachers tentatively agree on contract

    Negotiators for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union Thursday evening preliminarily agreed to a 10-month contract after a three-week stalemate over the agreement’s duration.

    Bargaining team members for the Jefferson County Education Association, who had originally said they would hold out for a three-year contract, said they agreed to the shorter pact in the interest of teachers, who return to schools Monday. 

  • 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.

  • Jeffco students outperform Colorado average on tests

    Four grades of Jeffco Public Schools students outperformed the state average on social studies and science exams this spring but showed a drop in performance from last year in several categories.

    The Colorado Department of Education on July 16 released test performance and participation figures for several categories of Colorado Measures of Academic Success testing from the past school year: fourth- and seventh-grade social studies, and fifth- and eighth-grade science.

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  • School board recall organizers reach signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • Candidates for school board seat tout divergent backgrounds

    A former commercial property manager and a veteran teacher will vie for a seat on the Jeffco school board this fall.

    Arvada resident Kim Johnson, who touts her years in the business world and time spent volunteering in the Jeffco district, and Applewood resident Ali Lasell, who points to her 26 years of teaching and curriculum writing mostly at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, will compete for Jill Fellman’s seat in District 3, which includes parts of Lakewood and Arvada.

  • 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. 

  • Recall of 3 school board members will likely move forward

    Both supporters and critics agree that the group trying to unseat Jeffco’s three conservative school board members will likely have no trouble gathering the signatures needed to trigger a recall election.

    The question is whether the signatures will be collected in time for the Jeffco Elections Division to decide that the recall election should be part of the regular off-year November ballot, thereby saving the district about $500,000 for a special election.

  • ‘Back to the drawing board’

    A group of Chatfield High students watched a year’s worth of work go up in flames when a SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station exploded after liftoff on June 7.

    The unmanned Falcon rocket was carrying an experiment developed last school year by the Chatfield students that was designed to produce rocket fuel in space using algae.

    The Chatfield experiment was one of nine from schools across the country that was on its way, along with several tons of supplies, to the astronauts on the space station.