DCSD In the News – December 2014

No timeline for school survey — 12/24/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
A Douglas County School District community survey, repeatedly requested by school board critics for the last couple years, is not planned anytime soon.

Douglas County School Board has it wrong — 12/19/14 (Denver Post)
Opinion: As parents of two children in the Douglas County School District, my wife and I have gotten increasingly worried about the direction the school district has been going since the 2009 conservative takeover of the board. We are so concerned that we have chosen to move out of our Douglas County home of nine years, only because we want our kids to be in a different school district.

Organization aims to help charters launch — 12/18/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The founder of Highlands Ranch’s Ben Franklin Academy has formed an organization to help parents get charter schools off the ground.

Buffalo Ridge principal resigns — 12/17/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Capping months of building conflict and less than a week after an initial tense parent meeting with Douglas County School District administrators, Buffalo Ridge Elementary Principal Sarah McAfee resigned.

Colorado School Grades releases 2014 rankings of Colorado public schools — 12/15/14 (Denver Post)
For parents wondering how their kids’ schools stack up, a coalition of nonprofit groups Monday released its fourth annual report card using easy-to-grasp letter grades their children know all too well.

Neighboring districts hiring DougCo teachers — 12/14/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
A hiring report from the Cherry Creek School District released this fall shows 17 percent of its 2014-15 new licensed staff came from the Douglas County School District — far more than from any other district. Most of those 90 staff members are teachers.

Annual education luncheon celebrates successes — 12/14/14 (Lone Tree Voice)
Some of Douglas County’s most well-known business people gathered at the Lone Tree Marriott Hotel Dec. 12 to support local schools. A total of 114 people attended the annual Love Our Schools luncheon, an annual event organized by the Douglas County Educational Foundation.

Douglas County vouchers argued before Colorado Supreme Court — 12/10/14 (Denver Post)
Lawyers sparred over Douglas County’s contentious, groundbreaking school voucher program Wednesday before the state’s highest court in oral arguments that veered into broader discussions about the shifting definition of public education and how to pay for it.

Voucher program debated in state’s top court — 12/9/14 (Castle Rock News-Press)
Colorado Supreme Court justices asked pointed questions about the potential impact of voucher programs on public schools, among other issues, during the long-awaited oral arguments surrounding the Douglas County School District’s choice scholarship program.

Sexting investigations open at two high schools — 12/8/14 (Castle Rock News-Press)
Sheriff’s deputies and Parker police officers are investigating two separate cases of alleged sexting at two Douglas County high schools. Both the Rock Canyon and Legend high school investigations remain open, though a letter sent to Legend parents said authorities have identified the originator of the sexually explicit images circulated there.

Charter school breaks ground in Castle Rock — 12/8/14 (Castle Rock News-Press)
A new Douglas County charter school, World Compass Academy, broke ground on the site of its soon-to-be school building Dec. 5 in Castle Rock. The school will be located on East Frontage road next to Plum Creek Community Church.

Teachers share excitement with board — 12/1/14 (Castle Rock News-press)
Teachers at a Castle Rock elementary school told the school board they are seeing the results of a new style of teaching.