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Denver Public Schools

$20 Million and a Hen House of Chickens

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

Remember when I wrote that Thomas Boasberg couldn't claim he saved 8.5% by refinancing debt associated with the Denver Public Schools' retirement system? I was wrong.

Destructive Cynicism

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

There's a specious argument in circulation about charters and segregation that will not die. I will do my best in the next few hundred words to drive a stake through its heart.

Tom Boasberg's Bubble Should Be About to Burst

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

DPS has no plan for success. It just jumps from one thing to the next based on the philosophy it is better to look busy than to actually get things done.

Prematurely Tying Performance to Teacher Retention Hurts Kids

Joel Judd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Joel Judd

The goal is to improve our children's education. I embrace both that goal and the many paths that lead to it. I won't substitute a slogan for a solution and have voted no on SB 191.

P.S. 1 and Manual: An Ill-Suited Match

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Feelings are still raw in Cole and Whittier over the closing of Manual High School three years ago. It wouldn't take much for people to start complaining that Manual has gotten the shaft. Again.

Denver Public School Board Members' Inquiry Into Financial Deal Seen By Some As Cheap Shot At Michael Bennet

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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Parents Propose Marriage

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Let's say a group of parents at a neighborhood school banded together to propose a PreK-12 school that would help send all kids from the struggling neighborhood to college. What's not to like, right?

The Kids Behind Race to the Top

Zachary Rowe | Posted 06.27.2011 | Denver
Zachary Rowe

Congratulations Colorado! It was announced today that we are finalists for the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competitive education grant. It's important to remind ourselves why this is so important.

Remedial Shame

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

If there is an acid test for K-12 education, it is whether high school graduates are prepared to take college classes without needing remediation. Aurora fails that test in a big way. So does Denver.

When Worlds Collide

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Denver's more affluent public school parents may soon feel they're being asked to ante up their children's education to the greater good.

Denver Public Schools Being Sued For Mouth-Taping Incident

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — The mother of a 6-year-old Colorado boy whose mouth was taped shut by a school secretary is suing the school system. An elementary sch...

It's Not About the Kids at Denver Public Schools -- It's About Saving Your Own Skin

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

When Michael Bennet was hired as DPS superintendent, everyone said it was because we needed his business experience. Then the CEO played poker with the public's money against the likes of JPMorgan.

And Never the Twain Shall Meet?

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

The deepening political divide on the Denver school board and elsewhere in the education world is often described as 'reformers' vs. 'non-reformers.' Let's dispose of those meaningless labels.

DPS Board Hires Therapist To Help Heal Fift Between Reformers, Union-Backed Candidates

The Denver Post | Jeremy P. Meyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Denver marital therapist has been hired to work with school board members after a tumultuous Monday meeting exposed deep rifts among the new board a...

Bad Dreams Needn't Come True

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

If there’s one overriding lesson from last night’s school-related elections along Colorado’s Front Range, it’s that voters in some districts are not happy with the status quo.

Looking Back a Year From Now

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

In the spirit of optimism (spiced with skepticism) that accompanies the dawning of a new decade, here are 10 fearless predictions about what lies ahead for education in Colorado in 2010.

Bold Move, Big Risk

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

In a fascinating and audacious move, Denver Public Schools is proposing that new charter schools housed in district buildings become neighborhood schools.

Denver Public Schools Backpedaling After Insensitive Effort To Honor M.L.K.

The Denver Post | Jeremy P. Meyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Denver Public Schools apologized Tuesday for what it called a "well-intentioned but highly insensitive" attempt to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King J...

Denver Public School Board Meeting Turns Testy As Reform Measures Pass

Education News Colorado | Nancy Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Denver Public Schools' board members narrowly approved turnaround plans for six of its lowest-performing schools in a Monday meeting marked by the thr...

It's Wednesday Night, What Meeting Am I in?

Chantal Unfug | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Chantal Unfug

At the discussion about the Byers Library, or the session about Lake Middle School, the anger was the same, the distrust of the bureaucracy was the same, and the total exasperation was the same.

Denver Public Schools Graduation Rates Headed In Right Direction, But Still Low

The Denver Post | Jeremy P. Meyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Graduation rates in Denver improved 3.2 percentage points last year -- the highest jump in six years -- but still only 52.7 percent of high school stu...

Public School Fraud: Denver School Creates 'Dummy Classes' To Give Appearance Of Higher Enrollment

The Denver Channel | Russell Haythorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- The Denver Public School District has launched an internal investigation after 7NEWS started asking questions about potential fraud. At issu...

Michael Bennet Reelection Campaign Expected To Be 'Awfully Expensive' And 'Awfully Nasty'

Politics Daily | Sandra Fish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A year ago, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet got a lovely post-holiday gift from Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter: A U.S. Senate seat. Thi...

Mrs. Obama, What About Our Boys?

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

As Michelle Obama touched down in Denver to promote her efforts to connect students with mentors, she declined to invite one population that could most benefit: our city's neglected boys.

For DPS, History Bites Back

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

As Denver Public Schools struggles to pursue a consistent reform strategy, the district is encountering a multitude of obstacles, including repercussions from its history of failure.