Denver Public Schools Superintendent, Tom Boasberg, started Monday night's board work session with the statement, "We need significant change that will make our schools better." That was the theme for the evening as staff and board members all seemed to agree that drastic measures are necessary to improve schools and no excuses will work in the future.
From the tough questions posed by board members, it's clear they understand the importance of research-based strategies designed for similar demographic student populations. Further, it's evident that everyone understands the urgency for the students currently enrolled in DPS schools.
Tom Boasberg presented recommendations for future action with the bottom 5% schools based on the distric'ts School Performance Framework. This includes three charter schools: Northeast Academy, PS 1 and Skyland Community.
The staff recommended Northeast Academy partner with a management company or consulting firm for school reform. PS 1's staff recommendation is that the school be given another year to improve or else face closure. The staff recommended Skyland Community close at the end of the current school year.
The board will vote on these recommendations at their Nov. 30th meeting.