When it Comes to Funding, My Students Shouldn’t Have to be the Underdogs.

It was before sunrise when the Peak to Peak speech and debate team sleepily boarded the bus for competition. We knew our meet in Fort Collins would be a challenge for our groggy group. Students would face an army of top-notch competitors from across the state. Once in the cafeteria our youngest competitors had their usual reactions. They oohed and…

Staying Centered on Education Issues in Dem Campaign for Governor

Colorado got some great news on the education front last week: the prestigious Broad Prize for the nation’s best charter school was awarded to DSST Public Schools—a network of eight (and growing) middle and high school campuses serving Denver and expanding soon to Aurora. It’s another example—along with statewide school choice, a groundbreaking funding model, and fairly strong accountability system—of…

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…

“Tough” is the Compliment We Pay White Teachers That Condemns Black and Brown Students

My nine years as a teacher in public schools have been eye-opening. The injustices that students from low-income backgrounds and students of color face in the education system have been common knowledge for years. And yet, it has been astounding to experience firsthand just how deep our biases go and how they cause us to misdiagnosis problems in education and…