The fundamental issue for parents and community members pushing back against DPS’s reform/school closure approach is the inequity is produces. “Ultimately, Bryant explains that the portfolio model implemented in Denver is troubling because its methods have resulted in closing underperforming public schools, then replacing them with average or underperforming charter schools without expanding and improving public school offerings or addressing parental and community needs.” DPS claims to care about equity, but has not don’t anything to promote equity in 20 years.
Urban District Report Card: Denver Charter Schools Expand Despite Mixed Results
Many urban school districts have adopted a portfolio approach that allows open enrollment to foster free-market competition between neighborhood schools and specialized charter schools. A leader in urban school reform, Denver Public Schools has worked hard to expand charter school offerings in hopes that their investment will yield positive results in student performance.
18 percent of Denver Public Schools students attend a charter school
According to education reporter Nicholas Garcia, as many as 18 percent of Denver students currently attend charter schools. However, recent reports show mixed results in charter school student performance, leading Jeff Bryant, director of the Educational Opportunity Network, to sound an alarm.