Barbara’s varied professional accomplishments provide a template for others who aspire to a life of service, which Marian Wright Edelman described as “the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”


In appreciation of Barbara O’Brien

Barbara’s varied professional accomplishments provide a template for others who aspire to a life of service, which Marian Wright Edelman described as “the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Pay issue shows that Tay Anderson now leads the DPS board

When the new DPS board is sworn in next week, Tay Anderson, without question, will become the most powerful member of that body, and its ideological leader.

Supporting student success inside and outside the classroom

There was a lot of anxiety around social interaction when we returned to school. A lot of care and personal time and patience were necessary to make the students comfortable opening up and expressing themselves.

“Union super majority” now driving the DPS bus

Why did people vote this way? Did they like what they saw from the current board, which has had moments of dysfunction and in-fighting, muddled through pandemic disruptions, and drove out a superintendent of color who had been a career district employee?

Your vote truly matters in this low-turnout school board election

What’s clear about today’s election is that big money backing various candidates believes the stakes are high. Why else would campaign contributions to Denver candidates directly and through Independent Expenditure Committees this cycle be approaching $2 million, and will perhaps surpass the $2.28 million spent in 2019?

A legacy of dedication: Elect the leaders our kids deserve

The stakes in the Denver Public School board elections have never been higher. he board must move from internal conflict and self-directed focus to a dedicated focus on the students.

Union-backed mailers include misleading, inaccurate claims

A teachers union-backed Independent Expenditure Committee is going deeply negative in Denver school board races, with misleading claims and glaring factual errors.

“Major” incidents increasing, absence of police in schools is DPS superintendent’s first test

From the beginning of school in late August through the end of September, DPS, (like school systems around the country) has experienced a significant spike in violence and drug violations in and around its schools. The Denver school board last year ordered the removal of 18 Denver Police Department School Resource Officers effective this school year.

Empowering our future by reclaiming our rich history

We, the passionate educators at American Indian Academy of Denver, are on a mission to help our children reclaim the genius of our ancestors....

New opportunities for Denver Public Schools

DPS has the opportunity to emerge from the pandemic stronger and better. But it will require, in my view at least, four important changes by board leadership: An increased focus on academics; ending the dysfunction and infighting that is impeding the ability of the district to plan and support educators in the classroom; listening to teachers; and strengthening a balanced commitment to both student mental health and academic progress and skills acquisition.  


DPS board approves pay for new, reelected members

A divided Denver school board voted Thursday to pay incoming and future board members for their service.

Staffing shortages growing in Denver Public Schools

Some 217 DPS employees are out of compliance with vaccine mandates, and if they're let go, they’ll be tacked onto the already existing 42 bus driver openings, 96 food service openings and 525 teacher and paraprofessional openings.

Vanquished candidates assess DPS’ future

Karolina Villagrana and Gene Fashaw, who lost tight races, reflect on the future of Denver Public Schools under a 7-0, teachers union-backed board.

Candidate forum focuses on new equity report findings

A Denver-based youth activist group invited the 12 candidates running for four seats on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education to Montbello High School last week to hear how they plan to provide a more equitable education for Black, Brown and Indigenous students. The basis for the group’s questions was a research report put together by several local advocacy groups.

UPDATED: Denver school board candidate Esserman’s campaign paying incumbent Tay Anderson for consulting

A consulting business set up by Denver school board member Tay Anderson in mid-August has received $5,000 over the past two months from the campaign of at-large school board candidate Scott Esserman, records show.

Tay Anderson pushes pay for future Denver school board members

The basic issue, some board members said, is one of fairness and equity. Board service is out of reach to people who lack leisure time and means to put in what amounts to almost full-time hours for what is now a volunteer position.