Category: School Choice

Everyone’s talking about the drag queen who spoke on career day. But can we talk about what she had to say?

What do you get when you put a middle schooler, a third-grader, a teacher and a drag queen in a classroom together? Well, that depends on the school. At The Studio School, where Mr. Stuart teaches 3rd-graders by day and entertains adults (as Shirley Delta Blow) by night, you get glitter with a dash of kindness. But at Rocky Top…

Tom Boasberg: A final farewell from a grateful leader

On Tom Boasberg’s final day as superintendent of Denver Public Schools, we wanted to share his final farewell to the Denver community.  Dear DPS Community, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” observed abolitionist Theodore Parker in the mid-19th century and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a century later — both…

Colorado Tried to Comply with ESSA But a Lawsuit is Proving Some Don’t Actually Want Every Student to Succeed

Just a couple weeks into the school year, six Colorado school districts and two education associations are still trying to stop a new law aimed at increasing the success of students in foster care. Yes, you read that correctly, and believe it or not, it gets worse. For added context, the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state departments of…

Northeast Denver Charter Schools Show Bright Spots in Student Achievement

The debate over how to best educate kids in Far Northeast Denver has reached one of it’s highest points in nearly a decade. Depending on who you ask, there’s either too many charter schools or not enough. Others argue the innovation schools simply aren’t cutting it. And some say the real problem is the absence of a comprehensive high school.…