Senators, In Answer to Your Question, Rallying at the State Capitol Was a Good Use of My Time

I met with a few senators at the state Capitol this week who asked me if there were better things I could have been doing with my time on a Monday afternoon. My first thought was “sure, I would rather be with my students.” Then in a blink of an eye, I rethought that answer. Actually no, using my teacher…

Dem Delegates’ Hypocritical Message on Ed Reform: Toe the Union Line…or Keep Your Mouth Shut

“Folks are being pushed to the edges on the right and left on politics,” longtime Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg is quoted in Chalkbeat as saying at a Gates Family Foundation event held on Friday to discuss Denver’s successful model of education reform. “Part of what we’ve been able to do in Denver for some time is to reject the orthodoxy of the…

Outside of Denver, charter schools need big help with facilities. Luckily, help is on the way.

Just off I-70 and Peña Boulevard is a 35-acre space with several brightly colored buildings that have solar panels on the roofs and an energy-efficient geothermal system running underground. Inside are touch-screen TVs, interactive whiteboards, collaborative huddle spaces and and even a Wii game console in a fitness room. It’s not Google, Facebook or the secret beginnings of Amazon’s HQ2.…

When 5-year-old black boys are disproportionately suspended in school, it’s time to talk about racial bias

The latest Government Accountability Office analysis of school discipline policies has everyone talking about the disproportionate rates at which Black students are disciplined in school. It’s not surprising that Black students across the country continue to be disciplined more often and more harshly for behaviors similar to that of their White peers. We see it in our prisons; why would…