Category: Policy

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…

Teachers and students don’t need out-of-school suspensions

Students of color and students with disabilities continue to be suspended at significantly higher rates than their peers. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights recently reported the astonishing data, confirming similar findings from the U.S. Government Accountability Office this past March. Sadly, Colorado is no exception, particularly as it relates to its youngest learners. And that’s precisely why…

Despite judge’s decision on DACA, uncertainty still looms for dreamers. KIPP Colorado wants that to change.

By this time next year Blanca hopes to be planning for college graduation and applying for a number of jobs that will allow her to put her communications degree to good use. She’ll be a graduate from Colorado State University, an alumna of KIPP Colorado Schools and an exemplar of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program…hopefully. Around the…