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Districts must direct stimulus funds to students with greatest needs — but will they?

With more than $1.1 billion in stimulus dollars flowing into Colorado school districts over the next year, the big question is: will the students in greatest need of support get it, and in what form?

Why language immersion education matters to families

Three Denver Language School parents write about why language immersion education is important to their families. 

Bacon’s blatantly anti-charter bill should fool no one

Coming from a school board member who consistently trumpets her commitment to community voice, House Bill 21-1295 reeks not only of pique at the state board but hypocrisy as well.

Denver innovation zone supporters are right to be worried

The hundreds of community members who rallied last week to support school innovation zones are right to worry that the school board will ignore their pleas.

Filling out FAFSA is first step toward higher ed equity

Completing the FAFSA significantly increases the odds  students will continue their education beyond high school into a postsecondary education program of study. This fact is especially true among low-income students and students of color.

Financial literacy courses are an essential component of educational equity

To continue the current, flawed approach to financial literacy education means maintaining economic inequities. All students, but especially  students of color and those not classified as having “high” social-economic status, need and deserve access to these courses. 

American Indian Academy of Denver is healing our community

We are just in our first year, and yet the American Indian Academy of Denver (AIAD) is making history, providing an education that seemed unimaginable even 10 years ago.

STRIVE Prep should be integral to a reimagined Montbello campus

It has been unsettling to our families and staff that until now, the conversation about our fate has been avoided in the Reimagining Montbello process. Our families are part of the Montbello community. 

Celebrating teachers who look like me during Women’s History Month

These women, these brown women, mattered to me and made a difference in my educational journey. We should celebrate them this Women’s History Month for all of the lives they have touched.

Teachers must understand how students learn to read

I learned then the importance of phonics instruction and the progression from sounds to words, to phrases, to sentences, to paragraphs, and so on. These foundational facts changed the way I approached teaching middle and high school. 

There’s huge need for full-time summer school, yet it won’t happen

If we can at least agree that the 2020-21 school year has exacerbated opportunity gaps and increased the likelihood that students suffering the consequences of those gaps have fallen farther behind their more affluent peers, then optional, full-time summer school provides an obvious, if partial, remedy.

DPS board members tightening vise on charter schools

After last week’s Denver school board work session, charter school students, parents, staff, and boards have legitimate reasons to worry about their future in Denver Public Schools.

High-schoolers need financial education

I think it’s essential for young people to understand the value of savings, credit, interest rates and investing to build the future every one of us deserves, and attain generational wealth.

Yes, we should have limited state tests this year

In the days before mandated state testing, schools could hide their dismal service to these children behind vague, aggregated data that masked opportunity gaps from public view.

Remote learning: A tale of two learners (and a mom)

I have now had direct experience with what many educators have known for decades: No two learners are created equal. And like most parents, I have a new appreciation for the work of our teachers, para-professionals, student support counselors and administrators. 

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