Category: Equity

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…

Students with Special Needs are at Risk of Losing their Civil Rights

I’m detecting a trend. Recently, The Atlantic ran a piece that catalogues the Trump administration’s disregard of civil rights protections for Americans (and aspiring Americans) during the tenure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Across every issue, from criminal-justice reform to voting rights to LGBTQ rights,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, “the attorney…

When it Comes to Funding, My Students Shouldn’t Have to be the Underdogs.

It was before sunrise when the Peak to Peak speech and debate team sleepily boarded the bus for competition. We knew our meet in Fort Collins would be a challenge for our groggy group. Students would face an army of top-notch competitors from across the state. Once in the cafeteria our youngest competitors had their usual reactions. They oohed and…

DSST’s Decade of Achievement Could Culminate with $250,000 Broad Prize

For 10 straight years DSST Public Schools has celebrated having 100 percent of its graduates earn acceptance to college. This year, as a finalist for the 2018 Broad Prize for Public Charter schools, the network could have 250,000 more reasons to celebrate its positive impact on all of its students. For the second year in a row, DSST has been…