# Colorado education
DougCo schools joins chorus of districts denying furry claims
(Castle Rock, CO) Republican gubernatorial candidate Hedi Ganahal set off a firestorm of immediate denials from metro area school districts when she claimed schools tolerate students identifying as cats.
DougCo uses survey results to set official school calendar
(Castle Rock, CO) Douglas County schools will continue to start in early August and end before Memorial Day after more than 14,000 parents, staff, students, and community members responded to a survey with four potential options.
Colorado proposes massive overhaul of approved reading assessments
(Castle Rock, CO) The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) proposed a plan to narrow the list of approved interim reading assessments from ten to two by the start of the 2024 school year. The READ Act requires students in grades K-3 to take these assessments to determine whether they have or are at risk for a significant reading deficiency (SRD).
DougCo charter proposes innovative exchange with district
(Castle Rock, CO) Representatives from Leaman Academy of Excellence charter school and the Douglas County School District presented a proposal to the school board outlining a plan for the charter to build a center-based special education program within its new school in exchange for a land lease donated by the district.
Colorado fails to improve reading proficiency, despite READ Act legislation
(Castle Rock, CO) An independent evaluation of Colorado’s Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act found the legislation has done little to improve third-grade reading proficiency.
DougCo middle school teacher named state teacher of the year finalist
Rocio Meli, State Teacher of the Year FinalistPicture provided by Douglas County School District. (Castle Rock, CO) Rocio Meli, who teaches seventh and eighth grade Spanish and eighth grade English language development, a native speaker class, and InnoV8 at Castle Rock Middle School (CRMS), is one of seven finalists for Colorado Teacher of the Year.
DougCo schools gets passing grade for special education
(Castle Rock, CO) Based on an evaluation of seven compliance indicators, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) determined that DougCo schools met the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the 2020-2021 school year.
DougCo school committee vows district will spend MLO/bond money as promised
(Castle Rock, CO) Now that a $60 million mill levy override (MLO) and $450 million bond are officially on the ballot in Douglas County this November, supporters plan to work hard to convince taxpayers they can trust superintendent Erin Kane and the board of education to allocate the money as promised.
DougCo teacher’s union supports MLO/bond despite conflict with district
Douglas County Federation logoDouglas County Federation. (Castle Rock, CO) The Douglas County Federation (DCF), a local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, sent a letter to its members announcing its support for an MLO and bond despite frustration with superintendent Erin Kane and the board of education.
State board reviews early reading deficiency tests; seeks feedback
Left to right: Rebecca McClellan, Lisa Escárcega, Steve Durham, Joyce Rankin Bottom row: Angelika Schroeder, Karla Esser, CommissionColorado Department of Education. (Castle Rock, CO) The Colorado state board of education is reviewing 23 early reading assessments from 19 vendors to determine which tests will make its approved list of interim assessments given to students in Kindergarten through third grade.
DougCo teachers complete 45 hours of evidence-based reading training
(Castle Rock, CO) Douglas County schools superintendent Erin Kane said last week that 93% of the district’s Kindergarten through third-grade teachers had completed the 45 hours of required evidence-based reading training mandated by a 2019 update to the Colorado READ Act.
DougCo schools among least financially equitable in the state
(Castle Rock, CO) A recent report by the financial website Wallet Hub listed the Douglas County School District as one of the least equitable districts in Colorado, ranking at No. 174 out of 178 districts.
DougCo’s top performing schools, according to state test scores
(Castle Rock, CO) The Douglas County School District received great news last week when the Colorado Department of Education released state, district, and school-level data on its standardized testing results.
DougCo test scores improve from 2019, bucking the state trend
(Castle Rock, CO) The percentage of Douglas County students meeting or exceeding state-level expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Standards (CMAS) in English language arts (ELA) and math increased from 2019, the last time students took both portions of the test.
Colorado test scores dip below 2019 levels as effects of COVID linger
(Castle Rock CO) Participation rates for the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), the PSAT and SAT last spring improved year over year – but scores dipped lower than 2019 levels, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).
DougCo group delays efforts to recall school board this November
(Castle Rock, CO) A group called DougCo’s Future announced today they’ll delay their campaign to recall Douglas County’s four conservative school board members this November. Up until now, they hadn't decided if they would move forward with the initiative for this election year or not.
Deadline nears to ask voters to give Colorado schools more money
The Initiative 63 petition deadline is August 8.Photo by Shoaib_Mughal on Shutterstock. (Castle Rock, CO) A grass-roots initiative to add close to $900 million to Colorado's P-12 schools without raising taxes has only a few more days to gather enough signatures for voters to approve or deny the effort on the November ballot.
DougCo schools always in the spotlight; here’s how stakes are changing
(Castle Rock, CO) The Douglas County school board is no stranger to controversy or national attention. A 2013 report by the American Enterprise Institute called DougCo schools the most interesting district in America for "pursuing perhaps the nation's boldest attempt at suburban school reform."
Here's what an MLO and bond for schools would cost DougCo property owners
(Castle Rock, CO) While the DougCo school board has yet to approve putting a mill levy override (MLO) and bond on the November ballot, all signs point to the fact that they will move forward with the measure when they meet in August.
One in five DougCo teachers and substitutes leave district
(Castle Rock, CO) According to a Colorado Open Records request, 767 licensed teachers and substitutes will not return to their Douglas County classrooms next month. Nine principals, 14 assistant principals, and 10 district administrators also left.