Category: School Choice

DeVos Has a ‘Heart’ for DREAMers. But That’s About It.

By Chyrise Harris While President Trump took to his usual 140-characters last Thursday to tip-toe around his support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program his administration plans to “wind down,” Tom Boasberg, Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, (DPS) tip-toed on the heels of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her Colorado visit to implore her to use her…

How About Pro-Teacher Teachers Unions?

By Peter Cunningham On August 1, Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher who founded an organization called Teach Plus, will publish a new book about the importance of engaging teachers in policy development. It’s called “How to Be Heard.” I have just begun reading it, and I am hopeful it will drive dialogue about the role teachers, and especially teachers…

Denver Principals Call for End to Suspensions of Youngest Students

By Denver Principals Jennifer Reese, Lindsey Lorehn, Alexa Mason, Sara Gips Goodall, Jennifer Jackson, and Alex Magaña  In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral infractions. Yet it happens frequently, in Denver and across Colorado. It’s a practice that must stop. That’s why as principals…

As a Mother of Preschool Students, How Will Colorado’s ESSA Plan Help Me Guide Them through School?

By Candice M. Hamilton Colorado recently submitted to the US Department of Education its school-accountability plan under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law to help make sure our schools effectively meet the needs of all learners. As a parent of two young children, I’m especially interested in the impact the plan will have on my children’s educational experience…