Many Americans are embracing falsehoods about what is actually being taught in schools. Scholars also fear that this embrace of misinformation means that terms intended to help students develop as culturally proficient citizens will all be thrown into the bucket of “CRT.”

Commentary

The controversy over CRT is all smoke and mirrors

Many Americans are embracing falsehoods about what is actually being taught in schools. Scholars also fear that this embrace of misinformation means that terms intended to help students develop as culturally proficient citizens will all be thrown into the bucket of “CRT.”

An open letter to Superintendent Alex Marrero

Dear Dr. Marrero, Welcome to Denver and your first day on the job as superintendent of Denver Public Schools. here are several pieces of unsolicited advice.

A Fulbright in Poland: My journey to change health outcomes in my community

I first started thinking about medicine around the time I was in middle school. My mom was pregnant and the closest clinic to us was 35-40 miles away.

Student voice: The plague of racism in our schools

As a society, it’s our obligation to dismantle these oppressive systems, and our first priority should be to end systemic racism in our schools. We can’t do that without the help of educators.

Removing obstacles so kids can learn: Family Advocacy Support Teams at Rocky Mountain Prep

Our efforts at Rocky Mountain Prep to connect families to resources, and to help our scholars by meeting basic needs in the fastest manner possible gave rise to the Family Advocacy Support Team (FAST).

DSA’s expansion: What is the actual plan?

Nearly all families at DSA welcomed the idea of serving a more diverse student population, and I imagine few people anywhere would oppose this goal on its face. As with most things, however, it is much more complicated than it initially appears.

Excellent school governance is rooted in good character

As a leader in the charter school community, I have observed one additional quality of effective governance: excellent school governance is rooted in good character.

Who’s looking out for our children?

Do Dr. Alex Marrero and Director Tay Anderson deserve the opportunity to respond to these claims? Yes, absolutely. Should those with valid claims be afraid or intimidated from seeking justice because of the public trust that Dr. Marrero and Director Anderson enjoy? No, absolutely not.

Young people are crying out: We need more mental health support

As a group of high school students from both urban and rural communities, we are banding together to make sure school systems prioritize our mental health. We have communicated that we need consistent mental health support, yet we are not receiving it.

DPS superintendent search flawed; board needs to extend recruiting

Whatever the results of the DPS superintendent search, the district must do some serious self-analysis to determine why many educators are passing up the opportunity to lead the district.

News

DPS, others employ differing strategies for summer catch-up

Some districts, zones or individual schools, appear to be doing more with federal pandemic funding in the short term for students than others. Others plan to use funds to enhance school-year programs aimed at catching up students who have fallen behind.

A+ Colorado leaders hope its influence will live on in other organizations

The leaders of A+ Colorado, which closed its doors last month, are confident that its members will branch out and support other education advocacy organizations.

DPS board spending $100,000+ on outside PR help

The Denver school board has spent more than $100,000 this spring hiring outside firms to help with communications challenges, bypassing the district’s own $3.8 million, 32-employee communications department.

Denver School of the Arts expansion creates admissions equity opportunity

Denver School of the Arts has long had a diversity problem, which could potentially be resolved as part of a pending expansion --- an early test for incoming Superintendent Alex Marrero.

Community voice the centerpiece in new research on DPS equity, quality

Early conversations with Denver Public Schools parents and students participating in a research initiative point to the importance of individualized attention, regular communication, rigorous coursework, and strong mental health support as key elements of a high quality education.

Drop in DPS choice program participation raises enrollment, budget worries

Fewer parents of young children are participating this year in Denver Public Schools’ SchoolChoice system, raising questions about possible enrollment declines and an accompanying financial hit to the district.