Greenlee Elementary On The Chopping Block

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 […]

The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice/Denver Looks For Balanced Approach To School Choice

NPR looked at school choice as it works, or doesn’t, here in Denver. By ERIC WESTERVELT Click links to Read and Listen to the whole stories: The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice February 20, 20175:05 AM ET Heard on  Morning Edition Closing underperforming schools Color codes matter in Denver’s schools. And Gilpin Montessori, a […]

In Education, All Is Politics

John Thompson argues against the scorched earth approach to educational politics, which I think can be applied to both sides. Reformers need to not see the communities they serve as enemies, but we too need to understand relational power. If we build each other up we create more power, rather than needing to compete for […]

School transparency, accountability put in jeopardy with Senate’s proposed charter funding mandate

Press Release by mwetzel on Tue, 01/17/2017 – 3:29pm From Colorado Education Association. The state’s largest group of educators is opposing a proposal in the legislature that would mandate how locally-approved dollars are spent in public schools. Senate Bill 17-061 would force districts to hand over money raised in local mill levy elections to charter schools with […]