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Lessons from Boulder Valley: Hoping for No Strike and Even More

The negotiations surrounding the teachers union contract have broken down. Now the situation appears to be getting quite tense in the Boulder Valley School District. Last week I expressed my hopes that the teachers choose to act like professionals, rather than rehash last spring’s “sick out” or even worse. This Daily Camera report (complete with video) from Tuesday’s Boulder Valley School Board meeting indicates the growing possibility that my hopes may not be met: Union officials said they don’t know what value fact-finding would provide, and they’d rather go through the budget to find the money needed to move toward professional pay. Regardless of how negotiations move forward, King has said schools won’t be interrupted. The teachers’ union has said taking some sort of “job action,” such as a strike, is a possibility but they hope to avoid it. [emphases added] Four items to consider:


A Glimpse at New Schools: Swallows Charter Adds Early College Program

Sometimes my parents take me on field trips. They’ve never taken me to Pueblo, but I know there’s a really good charter school in Pueblo West called Swallows Charter Academy that is expanding its program to include high school students (maybe I’ll check them out when I’m old enough to drive). This fall Swallows is starting its Middle/Early College Program to provide the opportunity for high school students to study advanced curriculum and receive college credit–for free! Junior and senior high students will take classes through Pueblo Community College. Swallows will pay for tuition and Pueblo Community College will pay for the students’ books. I think my mom would like that. To learn more about the Middle/Early College Program at Swallows call 719-547-1627 and request to speak to Chris Beltran. Other new schools featured: Insight School of Colorado eDCSD Online The Studio School in Adams 12 Cesar Chavez Academy-North Central Early College High School Arvada AXL Academy The Imagine Classical Academy at Indigo Ranch