Author: Chyrise Harris

We shouldn’t be surprised by the power of parents

Just as women led the suffrage movement, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta led the farm workers and Dr. King and African Americans led the fight for civil rights, low income families and families of color are leading a revolution to eradicate educational inequity in Aurora. Less than a year ago they initiated the battle for language equity—and this year, they’re…

Meet Colorado’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Finalists

We hope these six teachers are rolling into the week feeling extra special, having just been named as finalists for Colorado’s 2019 Teacher of the Year competition. Kelly Cvanciger (Bear Creek High School, Jefferson County) Margaret Cypress (Bradley International School, Denver Public Schools) Katie Goldsberry (Longmont Estates Elementary, St. Vrain Valley School District) Amy Jones (Sunset Elementary, Moffat County RE-1)…

What do you want to see in Denver’s next superintendent?

It’s been more than a month since Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced he would step down as leader of Denver Public Schools (DPS). With nearly 10 years as superintendent behind him, Boasberg leaves a district that looks markedly different from the district he began leading in 2009. Since then DPS has improved graduation rates, held the title of the fastest growing large…

Colorado Tried to Comply with ESSA But a Lawsuit is Proving Some Don’t Actually Want Every Student to Succeed

Just a couple weeks into the school year, six Colorado school districts and two education associations are still trying to stop a new law aimed at increasing the success of students in foster care. Yes, you read that correctly, and believe it or not, it gets worse. For added context, the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state departments of…

Northeast Denver Charter Schools Show Bright Spots in Student Achievement

The debate over how to best educate kids in Far Northeast Denver has reached one of it’s highest points in nearly a decade. Depending on who you ask, there’s either too many charter schools or not enough. Others argue the innovation schools simply aren’t cutting it. And some say the real problem is the absence of a comprehensive high school.…