Updated 1:15 p.m. – Three finalists for executive director of the state Charter School Institute have been named by the institute board. They are:
Stephen Dalla Betta, CEO and board member of Venture Prep, a 6-12 Denver charter school in Park Hill. Betta, a former Level 3 executive, has been with Venture Prep since 2008.
John Brendza, headmaster of Stone Creek Charter School in Avon since 2009. Brendza previously was superintendent of the Eagle County Schools and is a former teacher.
Ethan Hemming, institute deputy executive director and former deputy executive director of the DPS Office of School Reform and Innovation.
CSI board Chair Wayne Eckerling said the full board will interview finalists on Jan. 17 and make a decision at a special meeting on Feb. 7.
The institute is the authorizer for 22 charter schools that serve some 10,500 students.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, has launched a college resource webpage to help Colorado students and families navigate the college application, financial aid and loan process. The launch coincides with a statewide series of financial aid sessions the former Denver Public Schools superintendent is hosting with College in Colorado to provide students and their families answers to their questions about applying for financial assistance.
The webpage, Your Path to College Opportunity, includes information about available resources to make college more accessible and affordable. It includes links to step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA, as well as details on the repayment options for federal student loans.
Bennet’s financial aid sessions are slated for Montrose on Jan. 26, Denver on Feb. 25 and March 1 and Colorado Springs on Feb. 18. More info on the financial aid tour.
Emily Griffith Technical College has been named an Hispanic Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The designation goes to a nonprofit, accredited U.S. college, university or institution with total Hispanic enrollment of at least 25 percent. In 2010-11, 31% of students at Emily Griffith, the post-secondary arm of Denver Public Schools, reported as Hispanic.
The association has successfully advocated for federal budget dollars specifically for Hispanic Serving Institutions and, in 2011, $104.3 million was appropriated for undergraduate programs. Emily Griffith may benefit from its designation with increased federal funding, internships, scholarships and other programs.
What’s on tap:
Denver West High School is hosting a community meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today to talk with families about new middle and high school programs next year. The school at 951 Elati St., one of Denver’s oldest and one of its lowest-performing, is transitioning to two 6-12 academies as the comprehensive high school program phases out. Plans call for a longer school day and year, Advanced Placement courses, and on- and off-campus internships. More info.
Good reads from elsewhere:
University of Colorado officials forwarded a proposed 15.7 percent tuition hike to the CU Board of Regents, the Boulder Daily Camera reports, but the regents asked for other options, including the idea of locking rates for in-state students.
Community budget meetings are drawing crowds in Eagle County Schools, reports Vail Daily, asking that schools be spared in the face of a $5.5 million budget deficit.
Durango’s school board is hiring a Nebraska search firm to help with the hunt for a new superintendent, the Durango Herald reports. The board hopes to make a pick by April or May.
Idaho has rejected the federal No Child Left Behind accountability system and is moving ahead with a five-star scale to rate its schools, according to an Associated Press story in the Idaho Statesman.
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