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Community voice the centerpiece in new research on DPS equity, quality

Early conversations with Denver Public Schools parents and students participating in a research initiative point to the importance of individualized attention, regular communication, rigorous coursework, and strong mental health support as key elements of a high quality education.

Drop in DPS choice program participation raises enrollment, budget worries

Fewer parents of young children are participating this year in Denver Public Schools’ SchoolChoice system, raising questions about possible enrollment declines and an accompanying financial hit to the district.

Founding principal shares vision for new STEAM Academy

Boardhawk interviewed Shakira Abney-Wisdom, founding principal of the Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy, the district-managed high school in Far Northeast Denver that will open later this year.

Denver’s Innovation Zone schools ponder summer options in pandemic year

The degree of autonomy over how innovation zone schools  approach teaching, learning and the academic calendar allows them some creativity in how they move forward this summer to mitigate widespread 2020-21 learning loss.

Reopening West and Montbello high schools draws mixed reactions

The Denver school board's decision to reopen two comprehensive high schools that struggled in the past is popular with some people, and baffling to others.

Can homeschooling liberate learning for families of color?

Overall, more than traditionally-schooled children, Black homeschooled students experience physical and emotional safety, score higher on math and literacy assessments, and are able to adjust to a variety of social situations.

How one public charter school network has stayed open for in-person learning

One Colorado charter network has kept its doors open for in-person learning all the way through the COVID-19 pandemic, and in that time, no student, faculty or staff member has transmitted the virus to another person. The secret? There is none.

Survey finds DPS exodus driven by remote learning woes

Nearly one in six families have pulled their student out of DPS because of dissatisfaction with the remote learning environment, a new survey shows.

As DPS transitions back to in-person school, 40% of students of color attend remotely

Students of color in Denver Public Schools choose fully remote learning at twice the rate of white students, raising questions about whether the pandemic will widen already large opportunity gaps.

DPS engagement leader discusses community involvement in super search

Alece Montez, DPS' Associate Chief for Family and Community Engagement, discusses how the district will use new tools during the superintendent search to improve the district's spotty record on engaging the community in important decisions.

Analysis: Amid pandemic, charters, innovation zone schools gained students

Denver charter and innovation zone schools actually gained enrollment this school year as district-run schools lost students.

DPS board approves 2021 opening for DSST Noel high school

The Denver school board approved a resolution Thursday evening allowing DSST’s Noel High School to open next summer, a move forced on the reluctant body last month by the State Board of Education.

Latino leaders ask board for seat at table, for kids’ sake

"A public engagement process must be designed by a diverse community group, including representatives from the Latino community, that gives credence to all DPS stakeholders that it will be open and transparent."

14 female ex-board members blast DPS board for treatment of Cordova

Fourteen women who served on the Denver Board of Education between the 1970s and 2019 have written an open letter excoriating the current school board for treating outgoing Superintendent Susana Cordova so badly that she saw no option but to leave the district where she has worked her entire professional career.

State Board of Education slams, overrules DPS on DSST Noel high school

In an emphatic rebuke to the Denver Public Schools board, the Colorado State Board of Education Thursday ordered DPS to reconsider its decision to delay the opening of DSST Noel High School until 2022.

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