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Schoales: DPS board position on pandemic pods “remarkable for arrogance”

A guest commentary in The Denver Post by Van Schoales, president of education advocacy group A+ Colorado, calls out the Denver school board for its recent letter to the community criticizing parent-organized “pandemic pods” for learning.

“The Denver School Board still has time to reverse course. They could listen to families and commit to meet them where they are rather than telling them what to do,” Schoales writes. “Many of the nation’s and state’s most progressive school districts are leaning into this crisis and doing what they can to better serve families.”

Schoales concludes: “Telling families what they need with no response to their legitimate concerns is a recipe for disaster. Not only will it be terrible for some families that might choose to just trust DPS but it will be disastrous for the school district when more families choose to leave DPS for other options as I am guessing many will over the coming months.”