Denver, Colorado - Stand for Children Colorado (Stand Colorado) parents will continue to call for better schools in Southwest Denver tonight during the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education work session. The DPS School Board will hear from parents about placement recommendations made by DPS staff for new middle schools in Southwest Denver.
Stand parents have endorsed an initiative on this year’s ballot “measure 2A,” which would increase Denver's sales tax to help Denver-resident students pay for college. Across Denver, families and kids continue to struggle with how to afford a college education. Our parents, which come from communities throughout Denver, realize that ensuring our children are ready for college is one piece of the puzzle and affordability is another.
Lisa Flores is a graduate of Denver Public Schools (East High School) and a first-generation college graduate. As the daughter of a single mother and grandchild of migrant farmworkers, she knows the value of hard work. She graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz and returned to Denver to work with students from La Academic, West, and Lincoln High Schools. Lisa also served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Anne Rowe has been a community leader in Denver for over 25 years. As a mother of three and Denver native, she knows the challenges our students face to be college and career ready. Before her election to the Denver Public School (DPS) Board of Education in 2011, Anne spent much of her career addressing the issues that impact Denver’s kids. She has served in leadership positions on a number of nonprofit community boards, including the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Girls Inc., the Children’s Museum of Denver, A+ Denver, and Summer Scholars.
Allegra “Happy” Haynes knows the Denver Public Schools (DPS) system better than most – she attended Denver’s East High School before graduating from Barnard College at Columbia University. Happy served as Chief Community Engagement Officer for two superintendents at DPS and led parent and community engagement. In 2011, she was elected to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. But Happy also knows Denver, the challenges of leadership, and how to get things done in our city.
On November 3, Denver voters will elect new members to the Denver school board. Denver’s school board is in charge of passing policies that govern what kind of schools open in our neighborhoods, how we support schools that are struggling to help kids learn, and what kind of tools teachers have to unlock a lifelong love of learning for their students.
“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” With apologies to Charles Dickens, I can’t think of a better way to capture the hopefulness and frustration that can accompany the start of a new school year.
It’s back to school time in Colorado. When I think about my experiences attending public schools in Iowa – where I grew up – I often think about students who aren’t receiving the same outstanding public education that I did. That bothers me and I want to play a role in changing it. It’s one of the reasons why I’m proud and excited to join Stand for Children Colorado as Government Affairs Director. You can learn more about me here.
In the past few weeks, there have been some significant changes to the composition of Colorado’s State Board of Education. The elected board is charged with overseeing public schools in the state and plays a critical role in determining education policies that impact kids. In recent months, this elected body has, as a recent Chalkbeat Colorado article stated, “had its share of bumps.”