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…

Families in my neighborhood are getting a new school option thanks to a charter network crossing the Denver divide

It’s been less than six months since I moved into Stapleton’s Bluff Lake neighborhood. My neighbors are warm and welcoming. The Bluff Lake Nature Center is the perfect city oasis for a runner like me, and the Stanley Marketplace is quickly becoming one of those places “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” Oh, and there’s…

Fully funding Colorado’s schools is like the worst game of tag ever…and it has to end

Watching Colorado voters and legislators try to fully fund our schools is like watching a bunch of middle-aged adults play the game tag in the movie so brilliantly titled…Tag. It’s utterly ridiculous and exhausting. In any case, here’s how it’s gone down over the last year. In his final State of the State address back in January, Gov. Hickenlooper acknowledged…

I always worry about the health and safety of my kids in school, but today I left my worry at the ballot box

As the mother of two beautiful children who attend Aurora Public Schools, every day I think about the opportunities that may find my children as they head out for school. Like many mothers, I also think about challenges they’ll face and the ways in which I wish I could be there to keep them happy and healthy. While there’s no…