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Last week, Aspen School District raised teacher salaries by more than 5 percent. The district said this is meant to improve teacher retention and, ultimately, students’ experience in the classroom.

Board president of the Basalt Education Foundation, Erika Leavitt, says that the foundation's ability to raise money has increased over time. The organization is happy to share what they've learned with other communities.

The Basalt Education Foundation says that Colorado currently ranks 39th in the US per pupil funding. Their non-profit is very cognizant of what's happening at the state and federal level around public education.

The the granting committee of the Basalt Education Foundation considers a grant request from a teacher or administrator, they look at a few key components. They explain how they want the students to have the best education possible.

The Basalt Education Foundation serves the Basalt public schools. Between the elementary, middle and high school, they serve about 1600 students. The non-profit when through major strategic planning in 2013 and 2015 and now offer "administrator grants" to teachers and administrators in the schools.

On Wednesday, the Aspen School District moved up a notch in the Colorado Department of Education's rankings.

A report showing falling test scores in the Aspen School District has brought up concerns regarding local academics.

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Three of the five seats on Aspen School District’s board of directors are up for election this fall.

Spring Board Aspen is looking to expand both their membership and outreach. They want the community to know that students pursuing college who are experiencing financial barriers as well as potential members can have access to them. Spring Board Aspen encourages those interested to be proactive and reach out to them. 

Spring Board Aspen Members not only learn how to be future philanthropic leaders, they also collaborate with schools in the valley to help alleviate the financial burden of high school students wanting to further their education. 

The class of 2017 will graduate from area high schools in June. Caps and gowns will fill bleachers and auditoriums, as proud parents take pictures. One man, Pat Henry, is sure to be sitting in the audience.

  The Roaring Fork School District announced yesterday that around 30 teachers could be cut from the system this year.

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Local philanthropist Dick Butera has resurrected a program to honor staff within the Aspen School District.

Amy Kimberly, executive director of Carbondale Arts, and Regna Jones, member of the Carbondale Arts' Board of Directors, discuss the organization's events and programs. 

While the tech industry is booming in the U.S., women’s participation in it is not.

Jeffrey Gorsuch has been involved with the Aspen Education Foundation, or AEF, as both a member of the board and as a parent. Gorsuch discusses the future of AEF and their goals to build an Innovation Center and expand classroom space for the Aspen School District. AEF Executive Director Brooke Bedingfield also contributes. 

Dr. Kathy Klug is the college counselor at Aspen School High. She discusses the importance of giving students options for life after high school. The Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) funds the college counseling program at Aspen High School, and as a result of the program's success, dedicated college counseling programs are appearing in schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Brooke Bedingfield is the Executive Director of the Aspen Education Foundation. She discusses the programs and positions the organization helps fund in the Aspen School District. Dr. Kathy Klug also contributes.

Raifie Bass, Chair of the Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) Board, shares the history and importance of the organization. Going on 25 years, AEF has given over $11 million to the Aspen School District, which is comprised of Aspen Elementary School, Aspen Middle School, Aspen High School, Aspen Community School, and Aspen Cottage Preschool. Dr. Kathy Klug also contributes. 

Aspen TREE Co-Directors Eden Vardy and River Morgan share their vision for Aspen TREE in the coming years, and discuss the power of thinking positively about environmentalism. The organization has ambitious plans for growth and expansion, which includes a model for up-and-coming farmers. 

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