In yet another move away from school choice for families, the Denver Public Schools board signaled Monday that it is likely to reject the opening next year of a previously approved DSST charter high school.
A local foundation is paying for large event tents for outdoor classrooms at three Park Hill elementary schools, as well as a learning pod for low-income kids from three other schools in northeast Denver.
If the Denver school board turns down a request from DSST to open a Rachel Noel High School next year, it will be ignoring data, and one member will be at best fudging on his word from 11 months ago, when he was running for office.
The 6-1 vote masks significant divisions on the board and, more importantly, indefinitely delays the development of any kind of new accountability system parents can use to figure out which schools would work best for their children.
Colorado Public Radio's website has a long story this morning based on a review of school district teacher surveys. Teachers are anxious and in some cases feel as though their input was overlooked, or collected too late.
Mike Miles is the co-founder of Third Future Schools, starting the company after serving three years as the Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. Under his leadership, the Dallas Independent School District implemented ground-breaking initiatives, including the implementation of the nation’s most rigorous and fair pay-for-performance teacher and principal evaluations, significantly expanding public school choice, and developing a strong early-childhood program.
Prior to Dallas, Miles successfully transformed the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, raising student achievement and building a high-performance culture.
A former officer in the Army Ranger Battalion, Miles’ military experience includes leading counter terrorism training operations. Miles later served in the U.S. State Department as a Soviet analyst and member of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He then served as a Diplomat to Poland and Russia at the end of the Cold War, finishing his State Department work as the Special Assistant to the Ambassador to Russia.
Miles holds degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.