Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together Around Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned near the top of all the “best of” ed reform articles. But what strikes me as more noteworthy, especially in these times, is what Tom did during his near decade leading Denver’s schools to show…

Having gun-toting teachers with no statewide training or regulations feels a lot like the Wild Wild West

“I hear ya got a bunch of gun-totin’ teachers out there in Colorado,” my newest text message read. I was thinking about how to respond to my friend from New York and then he texted again. “It’s like the Wild, Wild West out there! 😂” Now I was looking for the the 😡 emoji. Listen, it’s bad enough all my friends think…

Students with Special Needs are at Risk of Losing their Civil Rights

I’m detecting a trend. Recently, The Atlantic ran a piece that catalogues the Trump administration’s disregard of civil rights protections for Americans (and aspiring Americans) during the tenure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Across every issue, from criminal-justice reform to voting rights to LGBTQ rights,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, “the attorney…