Category: Policy

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…

How My Class Would Benefit From Amendment 73

As a teacher, one of my most difficult tasks is to differentiate for the varying abilities of students in my classes. This year, one of my non-English-speaking students is Asian and deaf. Kanda just moved to the U.S. from Thailand, where she was taught the Asian Sign Language. This is different from the American Sign Language; just ask my interpreter,…

Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Let’s just call her Betsy DeVoid. Our secretary of education earns a name-change because of her predilection for voiding laws that protect our most disenfranchised students. First it was rescissions to the civil rights regulations that protect students with disabilities. Now it’s the 2014 Obama administration’s school discipline guidance, also based on civil rights law, that requires districts to address…