Category: School Quality

Not one Colorado district made the state department of education’s naughtiest list this year

We’ve got the list and you can check it twice to see which Colorado districts have been naughty or nice. With the school choice season approaching about as fast as the holiday season, families across Colorado are starting to learn about the best districts and schools to enroll their kids next year. This week the Colorado Department of Education released…

In Douglas County, it’s not about vouchers. It’s about vision.

How does this benefit me? How does this benefit my family? How does this affect my neighbors?    These are all seemingly common and innocuous questions that all voters think about when entering the polls. One might even suggest that the questions are simple—simple until you consider answering those questions from a short- or long-term perspective. Douglas County has historically…

When the numbers didn’t add up, this Denver principal came up with her own solutions to the problem

When Jessica Valsechi first arrived to teach in Denver, she saw one word problem written on the face of every kindergartner who entered her classroom: If you have ten kindergartners, and five of them graduate high school, how many go on to earn a college degree? When Valsechi found that the answer was one, she spent two years helping University…

What consequences are we willing to accept in Denver’s school board race?

Elections have consequences, as our Twitter feeds wincingly remind us almost daily. School board elections don’t get as much participation or attention. But they have consequences, too, which my Twitter feed reminded me this month when I saw news about DPS having a record number of top-rated schools on its annual performance scorecards. Combined with the news of Nate Easley stepping down from his…

Top 10 Reasons to Pay Attention to School Board Races in the State’s Largest Districts

This week Jimmy Kimmel took “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to Brooklyn, New York to tape before a live audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. He brought with him former late night king, David Letterman, whose famous “Top 10 List” still resonates with me in a way that Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” and Fallon’s “Thank You Notes” don’t…