NEWS: Wednesday March 3, 2010

Mar 3rd @ 10:18 am in News by Scott Staley

The Montrose Police Department will be hosting a Medal of Honor ceremony today at 2pm, at the Montrose Pavilion. Awards will be given to officers involved in the July 25th shooting which resulted in the death of Sergeant David J. Kinterknecht and wounding of Officer Larry Witte and Officer Rod Ragsdale. Live video coverage of this event is available beginning at 12:45pm. Click on one of the following link to access the coverage. QuickTime may need to be downloaded to see the video.
Source: Montrose Police Department   (Posted 9:39a)

Aspen authorities are investigating three more possible cases of spiked drinks over the past week, including one where a woman believes she was sexually assaulted. Pitkin County Undersheriff Joe DiSalvo tells Aspen Daily News that the reports are credible. The woman who believes she was sexually assaulted told police she blacked out in an Aspen bar and woke up in a hotel in Glenwood Springs, 35 miles away. Police say another woman was carried from a bar after friends noticed she was behaving oddly after drinking only a little. Another woman found a residue in the bottom of her drink but felt no effects. The residue has been turned over to investigators. About a dozen other people reported memory loss and other signs of spiked drinks in recent months.
Source: Aspen Daily News (Posted 9:35a)

U.S. Department of Education’s Alberto Retana will hold a community meeting today in Denver, to discuss funding available to Colorado to turn around its lowest-performing schools. The meeting will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. with Denver community leaders, school board members, parents, teachers, union representatives and others. Since January, Retana has traveled throughout the country, visiting Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Alabama and New Mexico to meet with local and state officials, educators, parents and students on turnaround schools. Later this month, he also will visit Nevada, Maryland and Wisconsin.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Colorado is eligible to receive $39.7 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

“Colorado is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring,” Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:
-Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
-Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
-School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
-Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:17a)