Records obtained through a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request show that of the 20 Denver elementary schools where parent fundraising brought in the most money, 18 had student populations that were at least two-thirds white. Those schools brought in on average $439,940 per school over the past three years.
The Denver teachers union is pressuring the school board to rush a vote that could gut innovation schools, prompting more than 40 innovation school leaders to urge a focus instead on the needs of children and their families until the COVID-19 crisis passes.
Gather your allies and your strength now while our minds and hearts truly feel the injustices borne by our students every day. Plan bold steps that go beyond addressing symptoms and that finally cut to the heart of what we know is unjust with our system.
Let’s, for argument’s sake, give these individuals and groups that want to eliminate accountability and measurement their way. Let’s stop measuring anything and just trust that teachers will get it right. Then let’s come back together in five years and see what our graduation, dropout, and remediation rates look like, not to mention our achievement gaps.
In the wake of the George Floyd murder and sustained, impassioned protests against racist policing practices, Denver Public Schools is on the cusp of ending a longstanding agreement to host "School Resource Officers" in some of its buildings.
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.