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Wednesday Churn: Thank a teacher


What’s churning:

An open letter to America’s teachers from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is drawing plenty of critical responses from educators upset about his reform ideas.

Duncan, in honor of this week’s national Teacher Appreciation Week, wrote a letter to teachers in which he noted, “You and I are here to help America’s children.”

The missive appeared on the U.S. Department of Education blog and in the journal Education Week. In both places, it’s drawn lots of feedback, much of it negative.

“Until your actions show respect, your words are of no value,” reads one comment on the Ed Week site. Click on the site links to read the letter and more comments.

Closer to home, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg is marking the week with surprise classroom visits this morning at an elementary school that will be unnamed until after 10 a.m. Students will read aloud messages of thanks to their teachers and distribute flowers from Boasberg.

What’s on tap:

The Metro State trustees meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in room 320 at the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria campus. Agenda.

Adams 12 Five Star school board members meet at 5:15 p.m. in informal work session, switching to regular public business at 6:30 p.m. Agenda items include discussion of a revised budget plan, given recent changes in state K-12 funding cuts. Agenda.

Adams 50 Westminster is holding a community hearing on the budget specifically for Spanish-speaking families, at 6 p.m. at the district’s Welcome Center.

Good reads from elsewhere:

In case you missed it: CNN profiled Hodgkins Elementary in the Adams 50 Westminster school district in a segment about the “Gradeless Grade School,” a reference to the district’s standards-based system that groups students by achievement levels rather than grade. See the clip on the D-50 website.