A federal judge has rejected Denver Public Schools’ request to delay his recent order that the district immediately lift restrictions against critic Brandon Pryor, criticizing DPS officials as sore losers in their legal case against Pryor.
Denver Public Schools officials said that the renewal plan was confusing. They said the schools did not specify well enough which waivers from the original 2018 innovation plan that they want to keep in the updated plan.
Many of the 17 mayoral candidates in attendance detailed their personal history as Denver school graduates and parents, asserting that the next city administration needs to be more involved in working with the Denver Public Schools administration and board to enhance after-school programs, high school internship and apprenticeship partnerships with local businesses, and to commit more resources for low-income families and students of color.
As Wednesday’s shooting of two administrators at East High School demonstrates in the starkest possible terms, the decision by the Denver Board of Education to remove school resource officers from high schools in 2021 was a grave mistake, and one with tragic consequences. Not surprisingly, no one involved is acknowledging this, at least not publicly.
Laura Lefkowits served as an at-large member of the Denver School Board from 1995-1999. She is an education policy consultant and founding member of Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE.org). She has two children who are DPS alumni and two grandchildren currently attending DPS schools.