While not all our education champions were elected in last week’s Denver Public Schools Board election, we are excited that Dr. Carrie Olson was reelected in District 3. What is clear is that the election was exceptionally close in two districts so, we hope to see leadership unify the community and move past divides to focus on improving outcomes for students and better supporting educators and families. We encourage this board to listen to families, students, and the community about how they want the district to prioritize both academics and supportive schools. We will remain laser focused on improving early literacy, high school success, and ensuring all students have safe and supportive schools that prepare them to thrive. We look forward to working with the new board on these issues.
We are incredibly grateful to our team and 24 volunteers who sent over 2,100 postcards and 36,709 text messages, knocked 8,400 doors, and made 3,945 calls to encourage Denver voters to stand up for students, families, and educators this election.
Voter turnout was very low, and we would like to better understand why. School board directors play a powerful role in the education of our students, so we want to ensure that those elected are reflective of the direction the community prioritizes. We have been working over the last year to educate Denver residents about the roles and responsibilities of the DPS Board and launched a newsletter covering every time they meet. We are committed to continuing these efforts to ensure the Denver community has access to advocating around and understanding the impact of the decisions of the school board. You can read last month’s newsletter here.