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Montessori Peaks Charter Academy Uses Fear Campaign To Encourage Enrollments

If subpar academic performance and a poor reputation aren’t enough to stop declining enrollments at Montessori Peaks Academy, why not turn to fear mongering? Montessori Peaks Academy (MPA), a Jeffco charter school, is investing in an advertising campaign that is

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Jeffco School Board gives Great Work charter initial okay, with strings attached

On the same night the Jefferson County Board of Education began plans to close five schools to make up a multi-million budget shortfall, it also gave conditional approval to a charter school that some board members criticized as financially unsustainable.

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Jeffco school board says no, again, to Walton-backed charter

The Jefferson County Board of Education, for a second time, turned down an application for a charter school with ties to the Walton Foundation. Marianne Goodland, The Colorado Independent, January 13, 2017 The board voted 3-2 Thursday evening to reject

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Rejected Jeffco charter gets second chance from state board of education

Great Work Montessori School, a proposed preK-8 charter whose application was rejected last month by the Jefferson County Board of Education, has been revived by the Colorado Board of Education. Marianne Goodland, The Colorado Independent, December 14, 2016 The state

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Jeffco board rejects Walton-backed charter school

It’s back to the drawing board for a proposed Jefferson County charter school backed by the Walton Family Foundation and the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton. Marianne Goodland, The Colorado Independent, November 7, 2016 The Jefferson County Board of Education

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Attention Colorado shoppers, price check on “Great Work”

Great Work Montessori proposed Charter school in Jeffco colorado

Has a newly proposed Colorado charter school done “Great Work” at hiding Walton (Walmart) Foundation ties? As first reported by the Colorado Independent on October 6, the proposed Great Work Montessori charter school appears to have shadowy ties to The Walton Family Foundation.

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Unlicensed teachers lead the way for charter schools, but is this the right direction?

Unlicensed teachers lead the way for charter schools, but is this the right direction?

For Colorado charter schools, it is the exception that proves the rule when it comes to requiring licensed teachers. There is no denying the expansion of charter schools in recent years. On average, Colorado charter schools have grown by about

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Nepotism at Montessori Peaks Academy?

Nepotism at Montessori Peaks Academy?

At Montessori Peaks Academy, Family Comes First… in the form of Nepotism.  It appears that there have been ongoing violations of the Improper Relationships: Nepotism policy that Jefferson County Public Schools (Jeffco) has adopted to maintain public trust (see policy

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