Leadership & Management

Slutzker said he believes it’s important for district decision-makers to listen to teachers. “They’re the experts,” he said.
Board President Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán said the limits are meant to respect the time of board members and Denver Public Schools staff.
De La Rosa will face incumbent Charmaine Lindsay and opponent Adam Slutzker to represent District 5 on the school board.
Dennis claims DPS fired him in retaliation for speaking to the media about safety concerns and then publicly disparaged him.
The Denver school board backed the superintendent’s decision to fire Kurt Dennis. The popular McAuliffe principal spoke out about safety concerns, then was accused of mistreating students.
Board VP Auon’tai Anderson and two other board members had requested the board vote to suspend its policy barring board members from working for DPS.
Board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said he’d like to take a job with DPS before his board term ends in November.
The principals union has filed a grievance, while current and former DPS employees say the firing of McAuliffe principal Kurt Dennis sends a bad message about dissent.
The board voted in public Wednesday after coming out of a closed-door session.
A combined Rocky Mountain Prep charter school network will serve nearly 5,000 students. The transition has been marked by upheaval and leadership questions.
A judge had ordered DPS to release the recording at noon Monday, but the school district’s appeal puts the process on hold.
Colorado’s open meetings law says the ‘formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret.’
Susana Córdova empezó como estudiante en Denver Public Schools y llegó a ser comisionada de educación del estado. Lea cómo ayudará a los estudiantes.
Los miembros de la comunidad dicen que el próximo líder de Sheridan tiene que escuchar a los padres, y también ponerle fin al éxodo de maestros.
The district’s top leader is retiring. Since Pat Sandos’ announcement, the school board is dealing with accusations of bribery, petitions to speed Sandos’ departure, and a delay in naming a replacement.
He has advocated for curtailing school autonomy and bringing police officers back to schools.
Susana Córdova is Colorado’s next education commissioner. She said Colorado needs to support students and teachers to improve education.
In Colorado, state officials don’t oversee school-level finances, and said they depend on schools being honest in reporting academic data.
The board is weighing whether to bring school resource officers back to Denver school on a long-term basis.
Decrying infighting on the Denver board, Ballenger said he wants ‘to make school board meetings boring again.’
5280 Freedom School’s founder said the inability to open will hurt Black students who are not served well in district schools.
Denver Public Schools is the largest school district in the state, and Marrero’s salary will now be among the highest for a superintendent in Colorado.
A district document cites several reasons why it’s been difficult to hire a new chief, including media coverage of the school board.
Colorado’s budget paves the way for ending budget diversions and instead fully funding K-12 education in the 2024-25 school year.
Both mayoral candidates agreed to pay for police in schools. Neither wants to take control of Denver Public Schools.
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