Greenlee is another school that DPS closed (“restarted”) just as it was finally getting the traction it needed to meet DPS’s erroneous standards. Of course, these “standards” don’t take into count the culture of the school, the wellbeing of the children or the culture turn-around. If the did, DPS couldn’t justify closing them, which is a fundamental belief of their Reform ideology. It’s a shame DPS doesn’t actually care about the kids, despite all of Boasberg’s lip-service to the contrary. Their actions speak louder than words.
By Ruthy Wexler, Glendale Cherry Greek Chronicle
On December 15 the Denver Pub- lic Schools (DPS) announced that it would close/restart three public elementary schools — Greenlee, John Amesse and Gilpin Montessori — pursuant to its new non-subjective School Performance Com- pact. The outcry was enormous with parents and teachers protesting vociferously. The dispute hit the news media with the local television stations and The Denver Post doing overview stories on the sub- ject. One Denver School Board member called the decision “gut wrenching.”
As one of the targeted schools, Green- lee Elementary, is located in the Cherry Creek Valley, the Chronicle decided to drill down and find out exactly why DPS might be closing a school against the apparent, adamant opposition of a ma- jority of its parents — and whether such a decision, in fact, made any sense.