These posts are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of A+ Colorado.

Can We Finally Fix Colorado’s Broken School Finance System?

In spite of the largest blue wave to hit Colorado in many decades, voters turned down Amendment 73, the tax measure to increase funding to public education. How can this be? Many school districts across the state are clearly struggling for funds. Few have full-day kindergarten for all students. Colorado currently has one of the…

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Denver’s SPF: Promise Kept, Now Time for Version 2.0

Denver Public Schools (DPS) kept the promise made last winter to repair the mistakes made on the 2017 School Performance Framework (SPF) and to raise the bar for what makes a high quality school.  We thank DPS for its leadership and willingness to make corrections to better reflect student learning across the district. DPS remedied…

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

My summer vacation took me to Berlin, Germany for several weeks to better understand the culture, art and history of this remarkable city in late August. While I was focused on taking a break from education, I couldn’t help but reflect on how Berlin has been shaped by education while I enjoyed the art, music…

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Janus Could Help Make Teacher Unions Stronger, Not Weaker

Many on the right and left believe that the Janus Supreme Court decision will have a significant impact on reducing the teacher union role in public education and union political power in general. The decision overrules a former Supreme Court decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, in 1977 that held that (primarily blue states) public…

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Elevating Expectations in the Mile High City: How Tom Boasberg Reshaped Denver’s Schools

“Choice, first and foremost, should be about having a great school in your neighborhood and making sure all of our schools serve all of our kids.” — Tom Boasberg NPR Ed, 2017 I’ve been an active observer of Denver Public Schools (DPS) for 20 years, through the vantage point of consultant, funder, researcher, charter school…

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Why Denver will not get an Amazon headquarters (and Pittsburgh might)

There has a been a good deal of discussion about whether it will be good or bad for Denver land the next headquarters for Amazon.    How will it impact our already congested roads and growing housing costs?   What will happen to the economy with a new big fish?   There has been a…

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No Sunlight for Colorado Kids

Imagine this crazy story: every year, kids across Colorado take assessments to help us understand how much they’ve learned. Weeks of student, teacher, and district time go into making sure we really know how kids are doing. Families, education leaders, and civil rights groups ask the question – well, how are they doing? The State’s…

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Appreciate teachers? Show them the money!

I am with the teachers here in Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona that are calling for higher pay and more funding for public education. This is my thirtieth year in education. So much has changed in public education over the past three decades, yet the calls for professional pay for teachers remain much as they were in…

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Has Denver become Mississippi or maybe Chicago? 4 Takeaways from Denver’s NAEP scores

Denver has had a remarkable transformation from the sleepy cow town that I moved to 20 years ago. We now have five nationally recognized art museums (we had only one back then) and many new amazing restaurants, some with James Beard awards.  Denver has a thriving economy with a 2.8% unemployment rate with impressive growth…

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Where Should Send Your Child?  High School Choices Worth Exploring

We are in the midst of school choice season.  Thankfully, Colorado and many of Colorado’s large school districts have policies and practices that make it easier for families to find the public school that best meets their family needs. I wanted to pull together a list of high schools that families might consider as they…

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