Category: School Choice

The stakes are high for Colorado kids in November

In less than a month, thousands of Colorado residents, including parents, teachers and even some students, will head to the polls to decide how they want school districts to work at giving every kid a great education. With school board seats up for grabs throughout the state, Chalkbeat asked candidates in Denver, Aurora, Jefferson and Douglas counties some questions to help…

Two Denver elementary schools, two national awards, two different approaches to giving kids the future they deserve

Over the last two weeks, two elementary schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) have received two different, yet well-deserved, national awards. One is a district-run innovation school. One is a charter school. In recognizing Valdez Elementary (a dual-language innovation school) as a National Blue Ribbon School, the federal government basically said, “Congratulations, kids at your school are learning at the…

Are the interventions Denver is using to close achievement gaps actually increasing the success of white students?

The Colorado Department of Education recently released new data on achievement gaps by race. Nic Garcia from Chalkbeat found that in Denver, the gap between white students and students of color is the highest in the state. Even more interesting is that white students, who significantly outperformed students of color in math and English, may also be benefiting from the…

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community School Corporation. When he died here in Colorado, he was surrounded by what some might see as the remnants of a “separate but equal” system of education. As a product of public schools in the…

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…