Thanking the Mighty Women of the DPS Board

Access to High-Quality Schools, Elections, Parent & Family Engagement | 11/26/2019

Danielle DeSantis
State Organizing Director

Last week I went to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education meeting to thank the board for their service, especially the outgoing board members, Happy Haynes, Lisa Flores, and Anne Rowe. Happy  has served for 8 years, Lisa for 4 years and Anne  for 8 Years. We appreciate their commitment to Denver’s students and ensuring an equitable education for all kids. Here’s what I said to the outgoing board members.

Like many others, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the outgoing members of the board.

With the commitment each of you have shown, it is easy to forget that this role is an unpaid, volunteer position, and yet, you’ve each fought tirelessly to improve outcomes for children in this district.

Happy, thank you for pushing to ensure every kid in this district has access to a high quality school.

Lisa, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our kids with special needs.

Anne, thank you for driving this district towards high expectations for all students. We aren’t there yet, but we’ve taken big strides in prioritizing literacy and it takes courage to insist that every kid deserves a high-quality education.

And finally – I just want to mark this moment and the service of this entire board in one more way, which is to tell you that as part of my role, I often explain to parents the role and responsibilities of board members. And when I show them this seven member board for the first time, I often get expressions of shock and disbelief—moms who quietly say, “But…they are all women…” All I can say is that more than once, this board of mighty, mighty women have pushed other women and girls across this city to rethink the role of women and what leadership they might take on to follow in your footsteps.

Thank you for your service and the path you’ve forged.

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