Author: Chyrise Harris

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…

Despite judge’s decision on DACA, uncertainty still looms for dreamers. KIPP Colorado wants that to change.

By this time next year Blanca hopes to be planning for college graduation and applying for a number of jobs that will allow her to put her communications degree to good use. She’ll be a graduate from Colorado State University, an alumna of KIPP Colorado Schools and an exemplar of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program…hopefully. Around the…

We can’t give teachers jail time for going on strike. But we can give them more money so they don’t have to strike in the first place.

With Teacher Appreciation Week just around the corner, two of Colorado’s highly educated legislators are showing just how much they appreciate teachers in the Centennial State. In fact, Sen. Bob Gardner from Colorado Springs and State Rep. Paul Lundeen from Monument love and respect teachers so much, they’re offering jail time to any teacher who even thinks about spending his…