Listening recommendation: Nice White Parents

The "Nice White Parents" podcast tells truths that will make you cringe.

Schoales: DPS board position on pandemic pods “remarkable for arrogance”

Van Schoales, president of education advocacy group A+ Colorado, calls out the Denver school board for its recent letter to the community criticizing parent-organized "pandemic pods" for learning.

CPR: Teachers anxious about resuming school

Colorado Public Radio's website has a long story this morning based on a review of school district teacher surveys. Teachers are anxious and in some cases feel as though their input was overlooked, or collected too late.

Hess: Are teachers unions overplaying their hands?

Amid the muddle messaging around reopening schools, teachers unions across the country are often proving inflexible in their approach, acting more as obstacles than thought partners, Rick Hess argues in a well-reasoned column. 

DPS delays in-person school until mid-October — at earliest

Denver Public Schools today joined several other large metro are districts and decided not to open its schools to in-person learning through at least Oct. 16.

DCTA-DPS bargaining over salary cuts streaming live today

Today's bargaining session between DPS and its teachers union will be streamed live, for those who like to observe sausage-making.

Diverse perspectives on cops in Denver schools

The vote to remove police officers from Denver Public Schools was unanimous, but opinion in the principal ranks is sharply divided.

Denver’s cops-in-schools program may end

In the wake of the George Floyd murder and sustained, impassioned protests against racist policing practices, Denver Public Schools is on the cusp of ending a longstanding agreement to host "School Resource Officers" in some of its buildings.

Wealthier districts, including DPS, may face steepest state cuts

Even more budget pain, and more grueling decisions, may lie ahead for DPS.

Ouch: Multiple crises slam teacher pension plan

The COVID-19 health and economic crisis is causing monster problems for Colorado's public sector pension system, which funds, among other thing, the retirements of public educators.

UPDATED: In current worst case, DPS could face $104 million revenue drop

Based on new state revenue projections, the district could face up ta 10 percent --$104 million -- revenue drop this fiscal year. Previously, the worst case was a 5 percent drop, totaling $61 million.

Don’t expect ‘normal’ school in DPS to start off the fall

Some blend of remote and in-person learning looks likely for the foreseeable future in DPS, Chalkbeat's Melanie Asmar reports.

Determining when to reopen schools

Here's a worthwhile read on all the factors that must be considered when deciding how and when to reopen schools. The authors believe schools should open in the fall if at all possible, but only if the proper conditions are set. 

Compass Academy won’t open a high school after all

Compass Academy, a southwest Denver charter middle school, had planned to expand and add a high school. That's no longer the case.

English language learners suffer challenges in remote learning

There's a good article by Elizabeth Hernandez in The Denver Post today about the additional challenges faced by the state's English language learners as districts have transitioned to online learning in the Covid-19 era.



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