Category: School Choice

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.…

Parents, I know first-hand the importance of preschool

I was a young, first-time mother when my eldest daughter turned four. I knew nothing about preschool and its importance, or anything about how to go about finding a school and enrolling her. I grew up in Mexico and never attended preschool myself. Most of the other young mothers I knew didn’t send their children to preschool and hadn’t attended…

Coffee Break: These community organizers believe #10outof10 students can have access to a high-quality school—with parents leading the way

Even before the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2018, the voices of those who have been ignored, drowned out and silenced by the powerful and elite have steadily increased their volume. From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and #Enough, underrepresented groups are shaping a new narrative and demanding a space to be heard. If the founders of Transform Education Now (TEN)…

Facing the future: Sustainable, equitable schools for Denver Public Schools

In Strengthening Neighborhoods committee meetings—which were filled with dozens of different people representing different perspectives, histories and relationships with Denver Public Schools (DPS)—every person felt the weight of responsibility that the district has to serve students in this challenging, changing city. I felt it as a former math teacher in both district-run and charter high schools in DPS, and now…

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,…