I spent MLK Weekend differently than some, but it was special nonetheless

On the third Monday of the year our country comes together to pause and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thousands brave the winter elements to walk in marades, visit his monuments and reflect on “the dream.” Others commemorate the day by volunteering—challenging themselves to answer what King deemed life’s most persistent and urgent question:…

The Real World for Black Parents, Teachers and Students in America

This is the true story of 40 strangers picked to meet in a park, talk together and have their conversations taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real… on education. Okay, so this isn’t an episode of The Real World, and the MTV series that sparked a reality television revolution probably isn’t recording…

I may be a student, but I know about the achievement gap

Have you ever heard of the achievement gap? Many minority students such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans usually fall lower in test scores and grades compared to their white and Asian counterparts. Every column, blog, or article that I’ve read on this topic has information that has never come from a African-American, let alone an African-American male teen standpoint.…

Denver community group aims to help DPS provide high-quality integrated schools while preserving culturally-rich neighborhoods in 2018 and beyond

In Denver these days, it’s no secret that the city has been changing – fast. Despite rising income levels, the cost of housing has shot up, and people flocking to the Mile High City are less likely to have school-age children. These changes have placed a considerable strain on lower-income populations across the city, as neighborhoods gentrify and families are…

DPS should put families first in tough call on school ratings

Everyone seems to agree that there’s a problem with some of this year’s elementary-school ratings in Denver. The disagreement comes over what to do about it. The Denver Public Schools uses its School Performance Framework (SPF) to rate the annual performance of all of its schools. Since DPS started using the SPF as a color-coded school scorecard in 2008, it’s…