Category: School Choice

The Real World for Black Parents, Teachers and Students in America

This is the true story of 40 strangers picked to meet in a park, talk together and have their conversations taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real… on education. Okay, so this isn’t an episode of The Real World, and the MTV series that sparked a reality television revolution probably isn’t recording…

Denver community group aims to help DPS provide high-quality integrated schools while preserving culturally-rich neighborhoods in 2018 and beyond

In Denver these days, it’s no secret that the city has been changing – fast. Despite rising income levels, the cost of housing has shot up, and people flocking to the Mile High City are less likely to have school-age children. These changes have placed a considerable strain on lower-income populations across the city, as neighborhoods gentrify and families are…

DPS should put families first in tough call on school ratings

Everyone seems to agree that there’s a problem with some of this year’s elementary-school ratings in Denver. The disagreement comes over what to do about it. The Denver Public Schools uses its School Performance Framework (SPF) to rate the annual performance of all of its schools. Since DPS started using the SPF as a color-coded school scorecard in 2008, it’s…

Coffee Break: Denver Board of Education President Anne Rowe on how innovation zones are empowering schools to reach new levels of student achievement

For several months, ed reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Washington DC are successfully Reinventing America’s Schools. As a Denverite, who has worked in Denver Public Schools as well as the district’s charter sector, it’s been nice to see the Mile High…

This charter leader doesn’t need to redraw district lines to create a diverse school

This post was originally published by The Denver Post as Integrating education in Denver, school by school, student by student. Denver is consistently ranked one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities with enrollment in Denver Public Schools swelling more than 26 percent since 2007. Many of our neighborhoods are experiencing rapid shakeups in their size and demographics. Local leaders have established…