An elected mayor calling for the board to abdicate its primary constitutional responsibility of hiring a superintendent and former school board members making accusations without evidence only serves to confirm the view of many stakeholders that they can’t count on elected officials to tell the truth or to do the right thing.
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As former Denver Mayor Federico Peña and current Mayor Michael Hancock release a statement critical of the school board's handling of Superintendent Susana Cordova, will the board learn its lesson and alter future behavior?
Fourteen women who served on the Denver Board of Education between the 1970s and 2019 have written an open letter excoriating the current school board for treating outgoing Superintendent Susana Cordova so badly that she saw no option but to leave the district where she has worked her entire professional career.
In an emphatic rebuke to the Denver Public Schools board, the Colorado State Board of Education Thursday ordered DPS to reconsider its decision to delay the opening of DSST Noel High School until 2022.
Speakers at a Sunday press conference paid tribute to Susana Cordova’s compassion, her focus on community concerns, and her deep roots in the city and the district. They said Cordova fell victim to politics and wasn’t given a fair shot by at least some members of the school board.
Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova is leaving to take a deputy superintendent position in Dallas. Her short (less than two years) tenure was marked by a 'flipped' board that constrained her authority, and a global pandemic that posed unprecedented challenges.
"Susana has demonstrated the qualities that have earned her distinction throughout her career: extraordinary intelligence, educational expertise, personal integrity, diplomacy and listening skills, and a passion for collaboration encompassing educators, students, families and community," Rodriguez wrote.