The Conversation in Our Community about School Performance Needs to Go Deeper into the Community

  By Lisa Canova “Want to Fix Schools? Hold both teachers and parents accountable. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time.” #Want to Fix Schools was trending on Twitter and an array of negative comments were surfacing. The “wasting your time” tweet was just one of the many that reflected the belief that parents and teachers are responsible for “failing schools” and…

Colorado’s ESSA Plan—an Incomplete Pass

By Lisa Berdie As Colorado updates its accountability system to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we have the opportunity to rethink how it provides both accountability and transparency. Unfortunately, the ESSA State Plan falls short. David Griffith of the Fordham Institute wrote a recent blog post, Touchdown, Colorado! A school rating system that gets the basics right…

Denver and Colorado Topping the Edu-Charts

Although Colorado falls in the middle of the pack right now in terms of the quality of its public schools, if the recent spate of accolades that our education systems (particularly Denver’s) have been getting is any indication, we’re mediocre with a bullet. Check out this rundown of top edu-rankings that have come our way: District-Charter Collaboration In many cities,…

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Do Herself Any Favors By Attacking Denver

New U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faces an uphill battle to sell her voucher-heavy, uber-market brand of school choice to an American public that’s choice-friendly, but voucher-skeptical. Which makes it hard to fathom why she would choose to throw stones at a city that sits atop the school choice mountain. DeVos spoke this week at a Brookings Institute event that…