Category: Policy

Dem Delegates’ Hypocritical Message on Ed Reform: Toe the Union Line…or Keep Your Mouth Shut

“Folks are being pushed to the edges on the right and left on politics,” longtime Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg is quoted in Chalkbeat as saying at a Gates Family Foundation event held on Friday to discuss Denver’s successful model of education reform. “Part of what we’ve been able to do in Denver for some time is to reject the orthodoxy of the…

When 5-year-old black boys are disproportionately suspended in school, it’s time to talk about racial bias

The latest Government Accountability Office analysis of school discipline policies has everyone talking about the disproportionate rates at which Black students are disciplined in school. It’s not surprising that Black students across the country continue to be disciplined more often and more harshly for behaviors similar to that of their White peers. We see it in our prisons; why would…

Colorado charter schools create lifelong impact for students through bipartisan support and a commitment to transparency and accountability

In February, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual ranking of state charter school laws, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, Ninth Edition. Central to the ranking system is the degree to which each state’s law ensures that charter schools are treated with appropriate levels of equity, autonomy, and accountability.…

A much needed lesson for our Secretary of Education

There is rare consensus in America! Betsy DeVos’ 60 Minutes interview was a disaster. Peter Cunningham, known for his communications and messaging skills about education during Obama’s first term, has some advice for the—likely weary—Secretary of Education. So Betsy, please do better. Know more. Think about what you are saying. And not saying. And if none of that is doable,…

We Need to Teach the Behaviors We Value

As a mother of teenage boys and an educator of young children, I recognize the many developmental differences between the children I teach and the children I parent. But the effects of suspension and expulsion are virtually the same. Last December, my 13-year-old son was asked to leave his private school.  The tangled combination of his Attention Deficit Disorder, social-emotional…