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ERIC Number: ED539108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-15
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
Denver's Public Schools: Reforms, Challenges, and the Future
Bray, Judy; Medler, Alex
Colorado Children's Campaign
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 measures. The time is right to reflect on the history of Denver's schools, to examine the education results for students in the district, and to trace the reform paths that local leaders have chosen. Then, working together in the months and years ahead, 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. This report is intended to inform and engage the community as it determines how to support its public schools and accelerate reform so that Denver will one day have the schools it deserves. In this paper, three major DPS reforms are profiled including: (1) The Denver Plan; (2) ProComp; and (3) New Schools, Performance and Innovation. If fully implemented as envisioned, these reforms could transform all the education system's functions, from accountability to school governance to funding. Most important, they should improve student achievement in Denver. (Contains 25 figures.) [Additional funding for this project was provided by Qwest Communications.]
Colorado Children's Campaign. 1580 Lincoln Street Suite 420, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-839-1580; Fax: 303-839-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Piton Foundation
Authoring Institution: Colorado Children's Campaign
Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001