Category: Policy

Having gun-toting teachers with no statewide training or regulations feels a lot like the Wild Wild West

“I hear ya got a bunch of gun-totin’ teachers out there in Colorado,” my newest text message read. I was thinking about how to respond to my friend from New York and then he texted again. “It’s like the Wild, Wild West out there! 😂” Now I was looking for the the 😡 emoji. Listen, it’s bad enough all my friends think…

Students with Special Needs are at Risk of Losing their Civil Rights

I’m detecting a trend. Recently, The Atlantic ran a piece that catalogues the Trump administration’s disregard of civil rights protections for Americans (and aspiring Americans) during the tenure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Across every issue, from criminal-justice reform to voting rights to LGBTQ rights,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, “the attorney…

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…

I used to think DeVos had a heart for Dreamers, but not anymore

Remember when Betsy DeVos said her “heart is with Dreamers?” It was last September, just before her visit to Colorado, when she received a hand delivered letter from Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg imploring her to use all the efforts of her office to protect Dreamers. Clearly she didn’t get the message. And back then, I really tried to…

Who gets to choose what we believe is quality for kids?

The answer to that question truly depends on who you ask. But one thing’s for sure, it’s one of the most contentious areas of discussion for just about anyone connected to the Denver Public Schools (DPS). So if you haven’t yet checked out Education Post’s Voices4Ed podcast, it’s time to tune in! On this week’s episode, co-hosts Ikhlas Saleem and Lane…