Posts filed under: Colorado

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, but voucher-skeptical. Which makes it hard to fathom why she would choose to throw stones...

Five Reasons for Parents to Care about the State’s School-Accountability (ESSA) Plan

As the March 13 deadline approaches for giving feedback on Colorado’s accountability plan under the Every Student Success Act, I’m sensing that it and ESSA are not exactly hot dinner-table or Facebook conversation topics. But, especially in a choice-heavy state...

Calling out Colorado’s attempt at ‘sleight of hand’ on school accountability

The Washington DC-based Civil and Human Rights Coalition yesterday issued a blistering statement about the Colorado Department of Education’s proposed changes to its performance ratings for schools. “Colorado’s proposal isn’t a plan for accountability,” Wade Henderson, the Coalition’s president, said....

Colorado’s education dysfunction…and revolving door

Last week, the new Colorado education commissioner abruptly announced that, effective immediately, he was now the old Colorado education commissioner. The departure of Richard Crandall and the subsequent appointment of Katy Anthes as the interim commissioner bring us to a...

Our SchoolChoice experience in Denver

The SchoolChoice enrollment period in the Denver Public Schools wraps up today. I wrote about the DPS single-application system here yesterday, from a broad, “good-policy” perspective. Here’s a guest post with a personal perspective from Denver dad and blogger Jim...

Colorado’s ACT-SAT shuffle has been awkward, but it’s the right move

Having trouble staying in step with Colorado’s ACT-SAT-ACT shuffle? Not sure even Fred and Ginger could keep up. In this guest post, Jim Furman—a local blogger who teaches high school in Denver and is currently on a one-year leave to be a...

The Colorado PARCC conversation: voices from the boardroom and the classroom

One of the things that I was most excited about when we launched Education Post last year was the chance to focus on getting more voices from the classroom into the conversation about public education. For too long, that debate...

Real ed-reform continues dominance in Denver; bad night for far Right in Colorado

Thanks to a Kansas City Royals-esque late-inning comeback in the middle of the night, reform candidates in Denver extended their winning streak in Board of Education elections here to 7. Reform candidates were 4-0 in 2013 and 3-0 this year,...