Grace Under Pressure

This message was distributed to Jeffco Public Schools’ staff on 3.13.2020, in response to the announcement of an extended school closure for students due to the coronavirus. Dear Colleagues, I want to begin by expressing my deep appreciation for your professionalism, work ethic, and patience as we navigate these unprecedented waters as a school system […]

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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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The Business/Education Connection

It is because of business and industry that we have a system of public education. While the founding fathers wrote and spoke about the importance of a public education system to ensure a lasting and stable democratic republic, widely available public education did not become a reality until business and industry leaders demanded a workforce […]

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