We need a DPS that works for all of us.
To accomplish this, we must focus on:
Reduce class sizes.
Reduce student turnover.
Ensure that all children, regardless of background are resourced equitably.
Ensure that teachers reflect student diversity.
Ensure that black and brown children are provided with the resources they deserve.
Offer a wider range of subjects to every school.
Reduce testing and homework.
Reduce student harm by focusing on mental health rather than policing and security.
Address transportation needs for each school to make equitably-informed, environmentally-sound and traffic-friendly choices.
Hire licensed and university-trained teaching professionals.
Pay teachers the professional salary they deserve.
Embrace diversity in teacher recruitment.
Allow teachers the freedom to teach young minds to be curious learners, not test-takers.
Allow teachers and principals the ability to identify and offer children different pathways to flourish – more music for some, more math for others.
Work closely with Denver’s teacher union (DCTA) to ensure that teacher issues are not addressed only when in crisis.
Address teacher shortage created by the portfolio model of school choice.
Support the NAACP’s decision to call for a moratorium on licensing new charter schools.
Ensure that school location and colocation decisions carefully examined with as much community input as possible.
Build power through relationships and reciprocal coalitions with our community.
Revisit DPS finances with the goal of breaking predatory contracts and reallocating funds to our classrooms.