DPS loses again in federal court in its legal battle against Brandon PryorA federal judge has rejected Denver Public Schools’ request to delay his recent order that the district immediately lift restrictions against critic Brandon Pryor, criticizing DPS officials as sore losers in their legal case against Pryor.
DPS board orders NE Denver Innovation Zone to revise plans that include policy waivers abolished in 2022Denver Public Schools officials said that the renewal plan was confusing. They said the schools did not specify well enough which waivers from the original 2018 innovation plan that they want to keep in the updated plan.
At Denver mayoral forum on education, other issues dominateMany of the 17 mayoral candidates in attendance detailed their personal history as Denver school graduates and parents, asserting that the next city administration needs to be more involved in working with the Denver Public Schools administration and board to enhance after-school programs, high school internship and apprenticeship partnerships with local businesses, and to commit more resources for low-income families and students of color.
Post-Covid, DSST teachers chart long journey back to reading proficiencyHow two DSST literacy specialists are helping their middle school students regain reading proficiency after the disruptions of Covid.
Citing safety, DPS appeals court order lifting Brandon Pryor banDPS attorney Andrew Ringel goes far beyond Pryor to argue that Kane is interfering with the district’s independent oversight of schools and threatens school safety by usurping the district’s rules for school visitors and volunteers and encouraging others to harass district employees.
East High shooting prods Denver school board into woefully belated actionAs Wednesday’s shooting of two administrators at East High School demonstrates in the starkest possible terms, the decision by the Denver Board of Education to remove school resource officers from high schools in 2021 was a grave mistake, and one with tragic consequences. Not surprisingly, no one involved is acknowledging this, at least not publicly.
DPS power grab to dismantle the Beacon innovation zone is unwarrantedWhy does DPS want to put an end to an organization that is showing promise? Power and control seem to be the answer.
Despite some positives, more troubling signs from DPS boardThe school board might close three severely under-enrolled schools, and members are getting along, but they continue a drive toward less transparency.
Why is DPS undermining our innovation zone?The DPS board and leadership seem more interested in imposing their will and reining in innovative practices than in focusing on what we at Beacon Network Schools are doing to serve our students.
Introducing the Denver Public Schools Debt ClockThe simple, straightforward Denver Public Schools Debt Clock website, debuting today, serves as a stark reminder that postponing important decisions for political reasons can be costly -– literally as well as figuratively.
Chalkbeat: Meeting video helps illuminate podcast disputeChalkbeat has an excellent update on the Know Justice Know Peace podcast dispute, after senior reporter Melanie Asmar viewed video of an August meeting...
Pandemic increased parent schooling concerns: PollAccording to a story in USA Today: Schooling during the coronavirus pandemic forced parents to take a hard look at how their children were being...
Sondermann: DPS tests our capacity for outrageLongtime commentator Eric Sondermann weighs in on Denver Public Schools board shenanigans. Spoiler: He's disgusted and dismayed.
DPS board restores some innovation school freedomsA divided Denver Public Schools Board of Education Thursday restored some of the autonomy to 52 innovation schools it had stripped away in an overly-hasty move last March.
School closure guidelines don’t include performanceNotably missing from the Declining Enrollment Advisory Committee criteria was any measure of school performance. Instead, the Declining Enrollment Advisory Committee chose to focus on schools serving the fewest students.
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