Denver7: A bigger focus on mental health is paying off at Aurora Public Schools

Story excerpt:

"A $35 million investment in mental health is improving student achievement at Aurora schools.

Aurora Public Schools recently hired over 100 mental health staff members. The district used funding from a mill levy approved by voters in 2018 to put those positions in classrooms across the city. Officials told Denver7 that was enough to improve mental health staff on every campus in the district.

The principal at Elkhart Elementary says the social and emotional work staff is doing is helping students achieve.

'I’m expecting that we are probably going to have the highest achievement year that we have ever had in the last decade,' Principal Ron Schumacher told Denver7.

Elkhart Elementary was able to hire a new social worker this year with money from the mill levy."

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