Five of Aurora’s struggling schools got the green light Wednesday to embark upon an ambitious improvement plan.
The state Board of Education unanimously approved the plan. The schools have been on the state’s watch list.
The state approval means the schools will have some leeway when it comes to district and state policies. They’ll have flexibility in the length of the school day and school year and teachers may be on one-year contracts.
In exchange, the schools must hit higher academic achievement goals. Some education advocacy groups are skeptical that the plan is radical enough to help the academically struggling district.