Education policy impacts the community at large and can leave lasting impacts for generations.
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An Equitable Education
- I will hold the DPS Board accountable for the monies spent so that we, as taxpayers, get the value we deserve in our neighborhood schools.
- I will host more town hall meetings so you have more power and access to your school board.
- I will ensure that we respect and understand our diverse student-body and their cultures.
- I will ensure that we respect and become partners with our teachers and be a voice for their concerns.
- DPS Board spends over $1 billion dollars of your money every year. Taxpayers and families deserve to get that return on their investment. We deserve to have the value of quality neighborhood schools.
- Each year, the DPS Board is supposed to spend $25 million dollars on Pro-Comp to pay teachers to teach in challenging schools. Where is that money being spent?
- During the last 10 years, Denver voters authorized over $1 billion dollars in bond money to build new schools. Dozens of schools have been closed. Where are the new schools?
- The DPS Board spend millions of dollars on administrative overhead. Let's cut the waste and transfer the money to the classroom where it belongs.
- I will require an independent auditor to conduct an immediate financial audit of the Denver Public Schools to answer these and other important questions.
- Teachers want a classroom size cap
- This allows teachers to give more individual attention to different types of learners.
- Also allows students feel heard and understood by their teacher. The need to connect 1x1 with their teacher is fulfilled.
- Compensation & Healthcare Benefits
- I will question the Pro-Comp plan to pay teachers and find out if it's benefitting any teacher in our district.
- Teachers need to have different healthcare options. The school board should research and provide better options.
- Increase the number of teachers of color in our classrooms. In order for your child to feel heard and understood, they need to see a teacher that looks like them and knows about their culture.
- Increase the diversity training provided to teachers.
- Teachers raise thousands of dollars each year for textbooks, art supplies, and programs. We need to value our teachers by giving them the tools they need.
- Less than 25% of ninth graders will graduate high school on time, fully ready to attend college.
- Denver has the worst achievement gap of any major city in the United States.
- ACT scores have only increased from 17.1% to 18.6% after 12 years and millions of dollars spent on corporate testing.
- Less than 4 out of 10 3rd graders read at a proficient level.
Needed solutions to increase graduation rates!:
- More mentoring, tutoring and Para-Professionals for at-risk youth.
- Decrease the classroom size cap, this will improve student learning.
- Spend more monies toward after-school programs to support the whole-child/whole-student and instill pride in our communities.
- Less testing and more time spent on arts, music, and civic lessons. Provide more support on extra-curricular and after-school programming for students of all ages.
Many families need both parents working full-time. It's difficult for parents/caregivers to be present at a school event.
- The school board and Administration should make it easier for families to attend events by providing different day-time and evening time participation options.
- Provide all communication in the family's language.
SUCCESsFUL NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS IN OUR COMMUNITIES
- Higher graduation rates – especially for kids of color. More mentoring, tutoring, and Teacher’s Assistants for at-risk youth.
- Smaller class sizes. All education studies conclude that small class sizes improve individual attention. Each student learns differently.
- Respect and support for teachers – they are partners – not the enemy. Be a voice for the teachers so their concerns are heard and respected.
- Less testing!
- More arts, music, and civics lessons.
- Respect and empathy for diverse students and culture.