Category: Policy

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…

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…

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…