Category: Policy

The Obama guidance on discipline can help us hear what students of color are trying to say

When we talk about school discipline, we leave out an important piece of the conversation: why is it an issue in so many schools? Why are so many students acting out? Behavior is a form of communication; misbehavior is how students ask for something they need. This is true of every student in every school; it’s a normal process of…

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…