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Meet Clarence Burton Jr, CEO of Denver Families for Public Schools

"The story that you'll see in my professional arc, is working to ensure that as many kids as possible, especially those who come from a background similar to mine and face similar challenges, have access to high quality education, regardless of what they look like, how much money their parents have, or what zip code they they live in."

Denver school board votes to renew 16 public charter schools

The Denver school board approved contract renewals for 16 charter schools Thursday, even as the board president continued to spread false information about charter schools' impact on district enrollment.

Boardhawk is hiring a reporter!

Boardhawk is hiring a part-time community reporter to cover Denver Public Schools and its Board of Education.

Upcoming school board vote will decide fate of 17 Denver charter schools

Sixteen of the 17 Denver charter schools with contracts up for renewal got a recommendation from Denver Public Schools staff to continue operating. 

Denver school board members explain their Marrero contract extension votes

The two dissenting board members and a vociferous champion of the contract extension explained their votes at the conclusion of last Thursday's DPS board meeting.

Fall elementary reading scores paint worrisome picture for Denver Public Schools

The percentage of K-3 DPS students reading “significantly below grade level” had remained steady between 21% and 23% in the past five years. This year, that number jumped up to 31%. 

Update: Latino group opposes Marrero contract extension

The new Denver school will vote Thursday to extend Superintendent Alex Marrero's contract from two to four years, just five months into his tenure and before any kind of performance evaluation has been started, let alone completed.

UPDATED: Denver school board ponders big changes to charter school renewal criteria

Some board members made it clear that, in a perfect world, they would like to shorten the length of charter renewals and have an option not to renew a charter if its enrollment slips below a certain, as-yet undefined threshold.

UPDATED: Leaving office, O’Brien expresses worry, hope for new Denver school board

"We tend to drift into adult issues, and I’m worried that there won’t be a laser focus on how students are doing,” eight-year incumbent Barbara O'Brien said moments after her board service ended Tuesday evening.

DPS board approves pay for new, reelected members

A divided Denver school board voted Thursday to pay incoming and future board members for their service.

Staffing shortages growing in Denver Public Schools

Some 217 DPS employees are out of compliance with vaccine mandates, and if they're let go, they’ll be tacked onto the already existing 42 bus driver openings, 96 food service openings and 525 teacher and paraprofessional openings.

Vanquished candidates assess DPS’ future

Karolina Villagrana and Gene Fashaw, who lost tight races, reflect on the future of Denver Public Schools under a 7-0, teachers union-backed board.

Candidate forum focuses on new equity report findings

A Denver-based youth activist group invited the 12 candidates running for four seats on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education to Montbello High School last week to hear how they plan to provide a more equitable education for Black, Brown and Indigenous students. The basis for the group’s questions was a research report put together by several local advocacy groups.

UPDATED: Denver school board candidate Esserman’s campaign paying incumbent Tay Anderson for consulting

A consulting business set up by Denver school board member Tay Anderson in mid-August has received $5,000 over the past two months from the campaign of at-large school board candidate Scott Esserman, records show.

Tay Anderson pushes pay for future Denver school board members

The basic issue, some board members said, is one of fairness and equity. Board service is out of reach to people who lack leisure time and means to put in what amounts to almost full-time hours for what is now a volunteer position.

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