To say ‘we strike for our students’ is compelling but it’s also misleading

Moments after Gov. Polis declined to intervene in the impending Denver teacher strike, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) took to Twitter to make their own announcement. “February 11th we strike for our students.” #FakeNews. Don’t get me wrong, good teachers deserve to be paid like doctors, lawyers, hell, even pro athletes. Like doctors and lawyers, teachers are dealing with…

There’s a Lot to Like About Stacey Abrams But Her Opposition to School Choice Isn’t One of Them

Stacey Abrams became something of a household name in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterms and tonight she will give the Democrat response to the President’s State of the Union Address. Abrams shot to political stardom when she came close to becoming Georgia’s first Black woman governor. And there would have been much to cheer about that glass…

Charter Schools Play a Critical Role in Setting Up Kids Like Mine For Success

This week marks the start of National School Choice Week. As the parent of public charter school students in Denver, I’ve witnessed firsthand just how transformational the experience has been for my children. From the moment my son walked through the doors of DSST: College View High School, he has felt accepted as a part of the community and the…

Colorado’s Children Deserve Better Social Emotional Support

“Sam, what is wrong?” I ask as my six-year-old student hangs his head during writing, tears streaming down his face.  It’s the morning after the midterms. Sam’s got his hands covering his face and he’s barely nodding to communicate. Sam has a history of emotional trauma.  His biological mother abandoned him and he has ADHD. He goes from manic moments…

It shouldn’t be over ‘til the students really have a say

For months, I’ve been meeting with other student leaders about the search for a new superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS). We testified in front of the Board of Education multiple times, asking for two basic things: first, that the Board announce multiple finalists for a superintendent and second, that students be allowed to interview them before a selection is…