Some districts, zones or individual schools, appear to be doing more with federal pandemic funding in the short term for students than others. Others plan to use funds to enhance school-year programs aimed at catching up students who have fallen behind.
The Denver school board has spent more than $100,000 this spring hiring outside firms to help with communications challenges, bypassing the district’s own $3.8 million, 32-employee communications department.
Many Americans are embracing falsehoods about what is actually being taught in schools. Scholars also fear that this embrace of misinformation means that terms intended to help students develop as culturally proficient citizens will all be thrown into the bucket of “CRT.”
Colorado charter schools will receive more than $2 million in state grants to support innovative solutions to help state students affected by the economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Denver's seven-member board of education has posted on its website a lengthy letter urging parents not to enroll their children in so-called pandemic pods because doing so could "exacerbate academic and opportunity gaps among our children."
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.
A Denver school board resolution that could have effectively gutted the plans that drive innovation schools has been shelved until later this year, after an outcry from some principals prompted the board sponsor to reopen a dialogue on the issue.
Note: This piece originally appeared in Colorado Politics. After it was published, the Day of Action was postponed because of Coronavirus concerns, and subsequently DPS and other districts shut down as part of Coronavirus mitigation efforts.