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…

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

By Michael Vaughn You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated, and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just last night, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos declared that she’s ready “to drag American education out of the Stone Age and into the future.” I’m not sure where Betsy’s getting her…

Colorado Continues to Find Common Ground in District-Charter Debate, Even When It Comes to Splitting Up the Money

By Michael Vaughn The walls between Colorado’s traditional district-run schools and its charters continue to come down, opening up more options for families. On Wednesday, the Colorado legislature on the last day of its session passed a first-of-its-kind bill that ensures charter schools get a fair share of local tax dollars. It’s a stark contrast to the heated political and…

An Eye- and Mind-Opening Visit to a Denver Charter School Led by a Fellow Former Charter Skeptic

By Lisa Canova As a former teacher and now parent at traditional public schools, I have to admit: I wasn’t always open-minded when it came to supporting charter schools as a worthy option within the world of school choice. Over time I have learned more, seen many advantages and been fortunate to visit some innovative charter schools that have withstood…

Want to Know Why I Came Back to Teach at This Denver Charter School? Equity.

As part of National Charter School Week, the Broad Foundation named the three finalists for the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. One of those finalists is DSST in Denver. The STEM-focused network of high schools has five campuses that have received the highest rating on the Denver Public Schools’ School Performance Framework scorecard, and DSST’s Stapleton campus was rated…