Around Aurora


Abel Laeke pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in 2004 for indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, and sexual contact without consent, a felony, according to court documents. The case landed the at-large candidate on the Colorado sex offender registry, which marks him as having a felony conviction. It’s also one of the top Google search results for ‘Abel Laeke.’


Teaching work is no easy job

“This is such a great idea to have hands on activities because it makes it more relevant for the students,” said Charles Dukes, APS’ director of college and career success. “Students can check out different careers and see what skills they need to focus on as they go through school.”


Going to college to get to college

“I got married at 17 years old. In Mexico it’s very common. That’s why I tell my kids go to college,” said Margarita Chavez, a parent of five who took part in the tour. “Before I knew nothing about the prices or the opportunity, the FAFSA. Now it helps a lot. … I’m excited for all my five kids. They need to go.”


John Youngquist will be taking over as principal of East High School in Denver after Friday’s shakeup that saw the principal and assistant principal resign over handling of a video that surfaced showing a cheerleader being forced into splits during training. Youngquist, who’s been at APS since 2013, was principal at East from 2007-2012 before serving a year as DPS’s director of principal talent managem