Author: Chyrise Harris

DSST’s Decade of Achievement Could Culminate with $250,000 Broad Prize

For 10 straight years DSST Public Schools has celebrated having 100 percent of its graduates earn acceptance to college. This year, as a finalist for the 2018 Broad Prize for Public Charter schools, the network could have 250,000 more reasons to celebrate its positive impact on all of its students. For the second year in a row, DSST has been…

What will students learn from the landmark case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission?

“Let them eat cake,” just not a wedding cake by Masterpiece Cakeshop. Marie-Antoinette may have coined the phrase, but that’s essentially what the U.S. Supreme Court said last week to a Colorado couple who felt they were being discriminated against after a local bakery owner refused–due to his religious beliefs–to make them a cake for their same-sex wedding.. And while…

I used to think DeVos had a heart for Dreamers, but not anymore

Remember when Betsy DeVos said her “heart is with Dreamers?” It was last September, just before her visit to Colorado, when she received a hand delivered letter from Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg imploring her to use all the efforts of her office to protect Dreamers. Clearly she didn’t get the message. And back then, I really tried to…

Who gets to choose what we believe is quality for kids?

The answer to that question truly depends on who you ask. But one thing’s for sure, it’s one of the most contentious areas of discussion for just about anyone connected to the Denver Public Schools (DPS). So if you haven’t yet checked out Education Post’s Voices4Ed podcast, it’s time to tune in! On this week’s episode, co-hosts Ikhlas Saleem and Lane…

These seniors are defying expectations from every corner of the city

Standing on stage in front of more than 4,000 people at the Denver Coliseum, sophomore Kanara Bramlett-Pittman made a declaration that no teacher, principal or visionary ed reformer could have spoken with more passion or truth. “I believe that the zip code in which a child grows up should not determine their access to a good education.” Talk about a…