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Samelson, Matt – Donnell-Kay Foundation, 2018
Under the current Denver Public Schools (DPS) transportation policy, students are eligible for transportation if they attend their designated neighborhood school and live a specified distance from that school -- more than 1 mile away for elementary school, 2.5 miles for middle schools, and 3.5 miles for high school. A multitude of exceptions exist…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, School Choice, Student Transportation
Davis, Paula – Donnell-Kay Foundation, 2017
As housing prices increase in cities across the country, many teachers are finding it harder to afford to live in the districts in which they teach. Teacher salaries aren't keeping up with the rising cost of living. These challenges are contributing to widespread teacher turnover, which is known to have negative effects on students. Teachers are…
Descriptors: Housing, Public School Teachers, Housing Needs, Teacher Salaries
Ooms, Alexander – Donnell-Kay Foundation, 2014
Since 2009, academic outcomes for students in Denver Public Schools (DPS) have slowly improved. The primary mechanism for increasing academic performance lies within the district's schools, and on an aggregate level Denver has seen a substantial rise in both the number of quality schools and the percentage of students they serve. Every child…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, School Effectiveness, Public Schools, Outcomes of Education
Dolan, Kim Knous – Donnell-Kay Foundation, 2014
In the fall of 2012, the Donnell-Kay Foundation conducted a survey of Colorado's superintendents and charter management organization (CMO) leaders to understand the pipeline challenges faced by district and charter leaders in the state. The results of the survey found particular challenges with recruiting, supporting, and retaining qualified…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Leadership Styles, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Research
Dolan, Kim Knous – Donnell-Kay Foundation, 2013
During the fall of 2012, the Donnell-Kay Foundation surveyed the state's superintendents and charter network leaders to better understand the principalship in Colorado today. Some key findings of the survey are presented in this report. The findings include perceptions that there is a shortage of quality leaders to run Colorado's schools, that the…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Superintendents, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes
Ooms, Alexander – Donnell-Kay Foundation (NJ1), 2012
In conjunction with the Denver Plan instituted in 2005, Denver Public Schools (DPS) has embarked upon a consistent strategy of opening new schools in an effort to improve overall academic performance. DPS has pursued this strategy under several different paths: an annual request for proposals from charter school applicants; allowing current…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
Donnell-Kay Foundation (NJ1), 2012
Many metrics along K-12 education may serve as indicators of potential success, but they are not goals. Students must leave the public school system at least proficient enough to face the tasks ahead. At the moment when students depart the K-12 system to enter college or career, it matters neither how proficient they were years before, nor the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Planning
Dolan, Kim Knous; Perez-Oquendo, Reyna – Donnell-Kay Foundation (NJ1), 2009
More than half of all Denver Public Schools (DPS) students who start in the ninth grade do not graduate within four years. If DPS is to significantly impact this graduation crisis, it must prioritize the implementation of systemic and research-based strategies around prevention, recuperation, and recovery of off-track students. With a 100 percent…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Public Schools, Out of School Youth, Graduation