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Critics of current board lack evidence: ex-board member Lefkowits

An elected mayor calling for the board to abdicate its primary constitutional responsibility of hiring a superintendent and former school board members making accusations without evidence only serves to confirm the view of many stakeholders that they can’t count on elected officials to tell the truth or to do the right thing.

UPDATED: As pressure mounts on DPS board, will members pivot?

As former Denver Mayor Federico Peña and current Mayor Michael Hancock release a statement critical of the school board's handling of Superintendent Susana Cordova, will the board learn its lesson and alter future behavior?

Enriching our kids’ future through a broader understanding of their past

It is time to begin dismantling existing curriculum anchored in the overrepresentation of Eurocentric thought and perspective. Throughout history, prominent educators such as WEB DuBois, Carter G. Woodson, Paulo Freire and other philosophers of color developed ways for this kind of secondary and post-secondary education to be developed. 

Board’s DSST vote and insulting words damage a community where kids thrive

A DSST at Noel Middle School parent and staff member describes how the school board's decision Thursday to delay the high school damages a thriving community. And the divisive comments by a couple of board members rubbed salt in the wound.

DPS board champions Black excellence, except in charter schools

The Denver school board's focus on Black excellence is important, but looks two-faced when board members are ignoring the Black excellence at a Far Northeast Denver charter school.

Remote learning has failed most children. Districts must pivot now

There is no need to mince words: Remote learning has failed the children who need it most. Districts must pivot immediately or be held to account for their failure.

If DPS board rejects DSST high school, it’s pure adult politics

Let's cut to the chase: The likely refusal to allow a new DSST high school to open next year is all about the adults.

UPDATED: DSST Noel vote: Will data prevail?

UPDATED: The Denver school board has decided to postpone its vote on allowing a DSST Rachel Noel High School to open next year. District officials worked this week with board members and DSST leadership to craft a compromise, but were unable to come up with a solution. An agreement satisfactory to all seemed a distant prospect at best.

Board’s vague, data-free superintendent evaluation serves no one well

The recently released school board evaluation of Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova is a vague document that sheds light on little more than board members' divisions over her future.

Why school districts should consider forming ‘pandemic pods’

Pandemic pods raise complex issues, and there are valid arguments in support and opposition.

Denver board kicks school accountability can down a long road

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.

Imagining the possible: The genius, power, and magic of boldness

What if we put aside for a moment labored debates about how to get kids and teachers back into school safely for as many days as possible, whether or not to mandate masks, and how many hours a day of screen-based learning is too much? What if, instead of being paralyzed by fear, we moved forward in hope for a better transformed tomorrow?

Outliers report highlights importance of sharing information and data

A new report from A+ Colorado highlights the importance of transparent, collaborative, and vulnerable conversations about where we are and where we go in education. Now is the time to share all available information across district, professional, and political lines.

SPF update: Don’t trust parents with data!

Should parents be deprived of data on school performance because they might "weaponize" it? One Denver school board member said as much Thursday.

Information is power, and the only path to equity

If you're like me and following the debate on proposed changes to the way schools are measured in Denver, you too may have concluded the color-coded school report cards -  known as the School Performance Framework or SPF - do not necessarily reflect the culture of a school, or how satisfied a learner your child might be - even at a highly rated school. Color me disappointed with the SPF’s efficacy informing parents.

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