Author: Chyrise Harris

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…

The search is on for the next superintendent in Douglas County and the people know what they want

The newly elected Douglas County School District (DCSC) Board of Education has wasted no time getting to work on behalf of its 68,000 public school students. In December board members answered a loud call from those who elected them by voting unanimously to end the Choice Scholarship voucher program that would have used public funds to support private schools. At…