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Posted Aug. 9, 2017

Colorado Is Showing Everyone Up in Funding Its Charter Schools

Can you feel that tension? It’s just about everywhere in this country. A mighty tug of war between traditional public schools and public charter schools.…

By Lane Wright, Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 12, 2017

Coffee Break: Denver Charter School Leader Bill Kurtz on Finding the Right Brew of Quality, Access and Integration

Denver’s DSST charter schools are one of the nation’s premiere secondary school networks. Led by longtime CEO Bill Kurtz, DSST has expanded steadily in Denver…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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Posted June 1, 2017

What Good Is School Choice for Low-Income Families If It Doesn’t Come With a School Bus?

As the mother of three children of color who attend Denver Public Schools (DPS), I appreciate the district’s commitment to equity—raising the achievement of all…

By Juana Sanchez

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Posted May 1, 2017

Want to Know Why I Came Back to Teach at This Denver Charter School? Equity.

Can you name a decision that changed your life forever? Mine was in 2005, as a freshman in high school in Denver, Colorado. I spent two…

By Ariana Dominguez

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Do Herself Any Favors By Attacking Denver

New U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faces an uphill battle to sell her voucher-heavy, uber-market brand of school choice to an American public that’s choice-friendly,…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Denver Refugee Student Zahra Abdulameer on the Power of Inclusivity and Diversity

Zahra Abdulameer and her family came to Denver in 2009 from Iraq. She’s one of many refugee students who attend Denver’s South High School—a “welcoming…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017

I’m a Liberal But Here’s Why I’m Open-Minded About Vouchers

I have a confession to make: I’m not against vouchers. I’m not entirely for them, either. But I am open-minded. …

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

Charter-District Collaboration: Necessity, Not a Nicety

In an excellent turn of phrase, the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), released a report on collaboration between public charter schools and traditional school…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017

What If We Taught Kids to Read at 3 Instead of 11?

Students and families in Southwest Denver have been underserved for nearly 20 years. Kepner Middle School has ranked in the bottom 1 percent of middle…

By Kathleen Anderson

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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