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Former school board member Rosemary Rodriguez lauds Susana Cordova

"Susana has demonstrated the qualities that have earned her distinction throughout her career: extraordinary intelligence, educational expertise, personal integrity, diplomacy and listening skills, and a passion for collaboration encompassing educators, students, families and community," Rodriguez wrote.

DPS board unanimously passes “Know Justice, Know Peace” curriculum redesign

Read a thorough Colorado Sun story on the Denver school board's unanimous vote last night to adopt a curriculum redesign that "weaves the narratives and knowledge of Black, indigenous, Latino and other communities of color into every part of the district’s curriculum."

Parents muzzled at State Board of Education

Read the testimony from parents about pandemic-related education woes that staff wouldn't let the State Board of Education hear this week.

The students left behind by remote learning

A long, balanced article from Pro Publica and The New Yorker illustrates how the pandemic is hurting Black and Hispanic students far more than whites.

Public education’s ‘meteor moment’

It's hard to imagine school districts and systems returning to the semi-functional 'normal' that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. So let's seize the moment and make a great leap forward. 

Principals union wins board approval; details to be negotiated

The Denver school board voted 6-1 Thursday to allow its principals to unionize. The Denver School Leaders Association will have the right to bargain collectively with the district for wages and working conditions.

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.

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