Author: Chyrise Harris

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…

One day after remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and Linda Brown, my emotions remain mixed

Last night, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration of life services were held for Linda Brown, a woman whose legal fight for equality in education helped set the precedent for King’s nonviolent fight for equality in everything. I wasn’t yet born on the day King was assassinated. My father was just one year old…

Coffee Break: These community organizers believe #10outof10 students can have access to a high-quality school—with parents leading the way

Even before the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2018, the voices of those who have been ignored, drowned out and silenced by the powerful and elite have steadily increased their volume. From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and #Enough, underrepresented groups are shaping a new narrative and demanding a space to be heard. If the founders of Transform Education Now (TEN)…

When it comes to equity and inclusion, students can teach us a lot

Nearly three hours after the final bell rang throughout the halls of several Denver high schools, class was just beginning for a room full of educators in the Denver Public Schools. Leading the night’s lesson were the students, eleven brave individuals from the Young African-American and Latinx Leaders (YAALL), a group formed in response to a study by Dr. Sharon…