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Three District 60 schools facing state intervention

Three District 60 schools facing...

PUEBLO, Colo. - Three schools in District 60 in Pueblo are now facing intervention from the state education department.

This comes after the schools scored low marks in a variety of categories like test scores.

District 60 administrators say they’ve been working hard to making improvements to the schools, but the state hasn’t seen enough to avoid stepping in.

Risley International Academy of Innovation, Bessemer Academy, and Heroes Middle School will all get a look from the education department in the coming months.

The harshest penalty is a full closure of the schools. The state could also recommend conversion to charter schools or have the schools apply for innovation status. That would give schools more charter-like waivers.

The district is now waiting to see what the state decides to do.

"If the school is in the bottom two categories for five or more consecutive years then we are in the position that we are in now. So the state will be communicating with us and in March will let us know the direction of the three schools," said Dalton Sprouse, Communications Director for Pueblo City Schools.

In contrast to those three schools, 15 schools in the district are operating at the highest performance level. Ten other schools have achieved the second highest level of performance.


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