Tensions were high at a community meeting in Northeast Denver Tuesday night on the proposed reconfiguration of six under-performing public schools. At issue was a Denver Public Schools proposal that would have replaced the current program at Montbello high school and its feeder schools with charter and magnet schools, as well as other alternative options, funded by a $3.4 million federal grant.
Many of the community-members in attendance carried signs encouraging their neighbors to "say no" on the proposal, which--many feared--would result in the closure of Montbello high school. At one point, an attendee interrupted an organizer questioning the audience, yelling "You're not going to take Montbello!"
Officials who helped formulate the plan pointed out that the proposal does not call for the closure of Montbello.
Opponents Voice Their Objections To The Proposal:
Supporters State Their Case: