Denver’s Public Schools: Reforms, Challenges, and the Future

Denver is currently in the national education spotlight, largely because of its willingness to try a unique combination of major education reforms not seen in other large urban school districts. While many observers hold these reforms in high regard, a steep road lies ahead. Current student results are unacceptable by all measure. The time is right to reflect on the history of Denver’s schools, to examine the education results for students in the district along with community and civic leaders, can engage the public to help accelerate the progress of reform. To do so will require that all actors become better informed about DPS reforms and take part in helping to track and achieve high-priority goals.