Breaking Down the 2019 Election

Dear Jeffco Families & Community, As expected, this November’s election was a relatively low-turnout affair, with no major state or national political offices being determined at the polls.  There were three issues that will impact Jeffco Public Schools on the ballot this year. School board races (there were two contested seats open on Jeffco’s five […]

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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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#500c

August 16th, 2018 will mark the start of another great  year in Jeffco Public Schools. It has been fun visiting schools and different teams to see their preparations for tomorrow. There is an air of excitement and a palpable sense of positive energy in our schools and across the organization. One might even characterize it […]

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A Provocation on Equity

This morning, I kicked off a district training put on by the National Equity Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to examining and raising the issue of equity in schools. Here are my remarks to Jeffco school and system leaders. I want to start your day with a provocation. When we talk about equity, you hear […]

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