Author: Mike Vaughn

What consequences are we willing to accept in Denver’s school board race?

Elections have consequences, as our Twitter feeds wincingly remind us almost daily. School board elections don’t get as much participation or attention. But they have consequences, too, which my Twitter feed reminded me this month when I saw news about DPS having a record number of top-rated schools on its annual performance scorecards. Combined with the news of Nate Easley stepping down from his…

How About Pro-Teacher Teachers Unions?

By Peter Cunningham On August 1, Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher who founded an organization called Teach Plus, will publish a new book about the importance of engaging teachers in policy development. It’s called “How to Be Heard.” I have just begun reading it, and I am hopeful it will drive dialogue about the role teachers, and especially teachers…

Denver Principals Call for End to Suspensions of Youngest Students

By Denver Principals Jennifer Reese, Lindsey Lorehn, Alexa Mason, Sara Gips Goodall, Jennifer Jackson, and Alex Magaña  In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral infractions. Yet it happens frequently, in Denver and across Colorado. It’s a practice that must stop. That’s why as principals…

As a Mother of Preschool Students, How Will Colorado’s ESSA Plan Help Me Guide Them through School?

By Candice M. Hamilton Colorado recently submitted to the US Department of Education its school-accountability plan under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law to help make sure our schools effectively meet the needs of all learners. As a parent of two young children, I’m especially interested in the impact the plan will have on my children’s educational experience…

The Road to Real School Choice, True Equity Is Still Too Steep

By Juana Sanchez As the mother of three children of color who attend Denver Public Schools, I appreciate the district’s commitment to equity—raising the achievement of all students while “eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality” that causes achievement and opportunity gaps. One way DPS tries to increase equity and close opportunity gaps is by providing a wide range of school…