Colorado Department of Education deciding fate of Adams County School District 14

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- A panel with the Colorado Department of Education will meet on Thursday to determine the future of Adams County School District 14.

State leaders say the clock is running out on the district, which continues to underperform in student test results.

The district said it has tried to improve, but it is still not up to the state standard.

The Colorado Department of Education met Wednesday night to discuss a move to hand over management of the district to an outside private group.

The district said it brought in an outside group to help last year and it had success, elevating seven of its 11 schools.

The district has been on a state watch list for nearly a decade.

"We would like to just continue what we are doing," superintendent Javier Abrego said. "But we also admit that to expedite the process, we probably do need help from an outside organization to basically help us move forward at a faster pace."

On Wednesday, the panel gave parents a chance to comment on what they would like to see done to improve the district. Many said the education system they put faith in is failing their children.

"Just know our whole county is broken. It's not one one school, it's the whole county," a parent said. "It's not fair to the children of our district."

The board will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday to finish the discussion and vote.

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