The Education Reform We Have Versus the Education Reform We Need

Note: A version of this posting appeared in Colorado Politics on January 22, 2019. For over three decades, the debate over education policy in our state and nation has been primarily waged on three fronts: accountability, school choice, and funding. Colorado created an elaborate accountability system of tests and ranking systems in step with federal […]

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A Challenge for the New Year

At the first district all-leadership meeting for 2019, we discussed what is on a lot of people’s minds in our schools right now – budget and construction! While these topics are definitely of great importance, I also wanted to draw the attention of our leaders back to what we call “the main thing” in Jeffco, […]

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Jeffco Election Questions Take Shape

Over this spring and summer, Jeffco Public Schools has been working to engage the community on possible ballot questions for this November’s election. I’d like to take a moment to explain how Jeffco would use potential funds from a statewide effort called Amendment 73, and my recommendation to the Board of Education for local ballot […]

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Flat Stanley’s Ride Along

The Kindergarten students at Peiffer Elementary sent me a fun assignment and a new friend. Flat Stanley arrived in a letter from the students and they asked that I take him along with me and take some photos of what we did and who we met. On May 8th, we did just that. Our morning started […]

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Future Funding Options for Jeffco

As we round the corner and enter the home stretch for the 2017-18 school year, budget conversations are on the minds of many. Of course, you know we had to cancel school for students on April 26 because of staff absences related to K-12 funding issues – many of our teachers and staff members rallied […]

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