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Douglas County School District
February 13, 2018
Judge: Douglas County schools must pay private school tuition for student at center of special education lawsuit
Endrew F.'s parents had sought reimbursement from the Douglas County School District for their son’s education at a private school for students with autism.
over and out
December 4, 2017
Douglas County school board ends controversial voucher program
The board also voted to direct the school district to end a long-running legal defense of the program.
November 15, 2017
Inside one Colorado family’s long legal journey to affirm their son’s right to a meaningful education
A Colorado couple brought their son's special education case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.
November 7, 2017
Anti-voucher slate in Douglas County cruises to victory
One of the Douglas County school board's major reforms on the line is a private-school voucher program.
Colorado Votes 2017
November 4, 2017
Here’s what you need to help inform your vote in the 2017 Douglas County school board race
Many people wait to vote, so we thought it’d be helpful to put our most essential coverage of races in Denver all in one place.
October 31, 2017
Spending on Colorado school board races by outside groups surpasses $1.5 million
With seven days left until the election, here’s a look at how much money committees have spent on school board races in three Colorado school districts.
Colorado Votes 2017
October 26, 2017
Douglas County’s politically charged, voucher-driven school board election explained
The easy answer to the complicated question in Douglas County is private school vouchers.
Following the money
October 18, 2017
Douglas County slate that favors continuing school voucher court case is ahead in early fundraising, records show
The group, which calls itself “Elevate Douglas County,” edged out its competition, by more than $30,000 in monetary contributions to committees for candidates.
Follow the money
October 17, 2017
Groups with a stake in Colorado’s school board elections raise $1.5 million to influence them
Teachers unions and education reformers are again throwing their efforts — and money — into high-profile races in Denver, Aurora, Dougco and elsewhere.
September 13, 2017
Minimum progress for students with disabilities “preposterous,” Betsy DeVos says in Denver
DeVos spoke at a Denver center for young people with autism that is central to an important U.S. Supreme Court case.
Decisions & Choices
June 26, 2017
Douglas County voucher supporters encouraged by Supreme Court decision in similar case
Opponents to the Douglas County voucher program saw something to like in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision too.
February 7, 2017
At-risk students in some big Colorado districts have a better chance of having an effective teacher than others
In Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, the gaps were even wider than state averages.
How I Teach
January 19, 2017
She became a special education teacher by accident. Then she fell in love with her job.
Douglas County special education teacher Anna Vick on connecting with students who have serious emotional disabilities.
a 'meaningful' education?
January 11, 2017
How a Colorado court case could change how public schools everywhere serve students with special needs
The case originated with a complaint by the family of a Douglas County child with autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
November 30, 2016
Fixes underway to remedy high lead levels in Denver, Jeffco and Cherry Creek school water
Three of Colorado's largest school districts are making plumbing fixes in some buildings to address high lead levels in school water.
Choice and consequences
November 29, 2016
Could school vouchers come to Colorado under a Trump administration? It’s a long shot.
All the stars would have to align.
Going going gone
August 17, 2016
Douglas County school board loses prominent conservative voice
Doug Benevento championed vouchers, pay-for-performance for teachers and other changes.
cracking the code
June 28, 2016
How Hillary Clinton wants to make computer science courses available to every kid in America
The presumptive Democratic nominee it promoting increased investment in STEM initiatives, but the political prospects (as usual) are unclear.
texas hold 'em
May 24, 2016
Controversial Douglas County superintendent to lead Texas school district
The Douglas County Federation of Teachers, the county's teachers union, used Fagen's announcement to pivot to the next school board election, in 2017.
Put to the test
April 29, 2016
How Colorado districts comply with state law speaks volumes about their views on testing
With the state’s official testing window closing, the coming months will provide a clearer picture of how the new testing law impacted participation and other issues.
April 20, 2016
State, Dougco split the difference in $4.6 million enrollment count dispute
The Douglas County School District will repay the Colorado Department of Education about $2 million — half of what it originally owed — to settle a long-running fight over enrollment counts.
back in court
April 19, 2016
Lawsuit from conservative group challenges Douglas County voucher program barring religious schools
A conservative legal group representing three Douglas County families filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging a recently revamped school district voucher program that excludes religious…
March 15, 2016
New-look school voucher program approved by divided Douglas County board
The Douglas County school board is pushing ahead with a revised voucher program that bars religious schools from taking part.
try try again
March 10, 2016
Voucher program would be revived in Douglas County under proposal — minus religious schools
Members of the Douglas County school board's conservative majority are proposing an amended voucher program while continuing to make a legal case for the original.
December 11, 2015
Students in pockets of rural, suburban Colorado drove down PARCC participation
Participation rates on the first PARCC tests driven down by opt-outs in rural, suburban districts.
moving the bar
December 11, 2015
PARCC data provides glimpse at school and district performance, but low participation clouds picture
School- and district-level PARCC results are now public, but questions persist about their value given low participation numbers in some areas.
December 4, 2015
Victors in Dougco board races had huge campaign spending edge
The three insurgent candidates for the Douglas County school board raised and spent almost five times more campaign money than the incumbents they unseated.
November 11, 2015
Dougco sues state in enrollment count dispute
The Douglas County school district has made good on its threat to sue the state Department of Education in a $4.2 million dispute over counting of high school students.
November 4, 2015
Why Colorado conservative education reformers lost Tuesday
All the elections had their own quirks, players and storylines. But common themes bound the losses together.
November 4, 2015
Ideological tides shift in four key districts
The tale of Tuesday’s changes in school board politics was told in four key districts, Jefferson County, Douglas County, Thompson and Colorado Springs District 11.
November 3, 2015
Dougco board incumbents go down to defeat
The three challengers for seats on the Douglas County school board ousted conservative incumbents in Tuesday's election.
November 3, 2015
Five things to watch on Election Day
Key issues to be decided in Tuesday's election include the Jefferson County recall, the makeup of Denver, Aurora and Douglas County school boards, and a Brighton bond.
October 31, 2015
Dougco incumbents raise modest money, but reports don’t tell full story
Three incumbents seeking election to the Douglas County school board have raised about $12,000 in contributions, compared to a some $64,000 for their challengers.
October 30, 2015
Smoke screen of outside money, complex disclosure laws obscure spending in school board races
Good luck if you’re trying to follow the money in Colorado’s school board races. Spending by outside groups and inconsistencies in state law make it hard to do.
October 20, 2015
Dougco incumbents tout district success, challengers criticize board culture
Familiar divisions over teacher morale and pay, board openness and district spending were highlighted at a Douglas County school board candidate forum.
school choice battle
September 2, 2015
Douglas County School District to appeal voucher case to U.S. Supreme Court
Coming off a loss at Colorado's highest court, the Douglas County School District announced it will seek a U.S. Supreme Court review of its controversial voucher program.
June 29, 2015
Douglas County officials might seek U.S. Supreme Court decision on voucher program
ACLU legal director says the nation's highest court is a long shot.
June 29, 2015
Douglas County voucher program unconstitutional, Supreme Court rules
The state's highest court has ruled the Douglas County Schools voucher program is unconstitutional because it provides funding to religious schools.
June 25, 2015
Dougco threatens state in enrollment count dispute
Leaders of the Douglas County School District say they’ll sue the Colorado Department of Education in a $4.2 million dispute over counting of high school enrollment.
February 12, 2015
Dougco joins the testing waiver parade
The Douglas County Schools have filed a “just in case” request for a waiver from statewide testing with the Department of Education.
December 19, 2014
Readers: Dougco voucher case should be decided on law, not ideology
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December 10, 2014
In Douglas County voucher case, Supreme Court wonders what defines a public school
The oral arguments centered around whether the program violates the state's school funding and charter school laws, whether the program is designed to benefit the student or religious institutions, and whether the plaintiffs — a group of parents and taxpayers — have legal standing to challenge the program.
December 10, 2014
Watch the Colorado Supreme Court’s hearing on vouchers
The Colorado Supreme Court this afternoon will to hear oral arguments in the Douglas County voucher case. While it’s unlikely you’ll find a seat in the…
November 10, 2014
Two Colorado high schools expect mass opt-outs from tests this week
Nearly 200 seniors at Fairview High School in Boulder are expected to opt-out and protest this fall's standardized tests in social studies and science. The protest will be Thursday. Meanwhile, in Douglas County, a principal ask parents to have their students take the test.
November 3, 2014
Colorado Supreme Court to hear Dougco voucher case arguments in December
The state’s highest court will hear oral arguments on the Douglas County School District’s voucher program next month. Arguments before the Colorado Supreme Court, three…
September 5, 2014
Defendants: Dougco voucher program constitutional based on previous Colo. Supreme Court decisions
The voucher plan, which is on hold pending litigation, would allow Douglas County students to use public tax dollars to enroll in private — and often religious — schools. The purpose of plan was to provide parents with control over their student's education, the briefs argue.
August 18, 2014
As TCAP era ends, school districts tout gains and one looks forward to new tests
Late last week the Colorado Department of Education released the latest — and last — round of student results from the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or…
July 16, 2014
State review rejects union claims against Dougco teacher eval system
In a review requested by the Dougco teachers union, state officials found no evidence that the school district’s teacher evaluation system violated state law. The…
June 13, 2014
State Board approves $1M shift of low-income funding to Dougco
The State Board of Education this week voted 6-1 to approve a pilot program under which the relatively wealthy Douglas County Schools will receive an additional $547,072 in federal Title I money next year to provide services for poor students.
May 30, 2014
Plaintiffs: Dougco voucher program thwarts constitution
The 80-page document, filed on behalf of two groups of plaintiffs, argues why the district-created voucher program, known as the Choice Scholarship Program, should not be permitted to launch.
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