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A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision March 22 regarding the Douglas County School district will have ramifications for special needs students across the country. The court has sided with the … more
Each year, Douglas County School District teachers are spending about 1,035 hours of their time on non-instructional activities, according to a new survey commissioned by the district. District teachers are contracted for 185 days per year. This … more
When Christi Granato-Dexter’s son Aiden was saying 100 words at the age of 1, she knew he was learning at a faster rater than his peers. When it came time to choose a school, she decided on American Academy Charter School in Castle Pines. … more
North Star Academy Principal Kendra Hossfeld doesn’t allow students to take cellphones out of their backpacks at school, but she can’t keep the effects of technology and social media out of the hallways. Some children came to school feeling … more
In a school district in which the word “choice” has become something of a mantra, nearly one in five students attends a charter school. To some, that represents progress by expanding educational options for parents and students. To others, it … more
The Douglas County Board of Education has been divided in its desire to approve new charters quickly with the more recently elected board members David Ray, Anne-Marie Lemieux and Wendy Vogel more reluctant to vote in favor because of concerns about … more
In late 1996, Terry Croy Lewis and a small group of parents decided they wanted a different choice for their children’s education. They wanted a Core Knowledge concept that would provide a clear channel marker for student progress and a uniform … more
The word of the day was “power” as young women from local middle and high schools converged to celebrate the impact unified and empowered women have on the world. “You are totally in control of who you are and what you can do,” said Missy … more
The recent confirmation as U.S. secretary of education of billionaire Betsy DeVos, a charter and school choice advocate, and President Donald Trump’s support for school choice during his Feb. 28 speech before Congress have spotlighted attention on … more
Katherine Dorman is a science teacher and track and cross country coach at Ponderosa High School in Parker. She has worked in the Douglas County School District for 33 years. And she has watched how the rise of charters have affected local … more
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