Please join me for coffee and conversation:
Thursday, October 11th and October 18th
8-9am at Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe
2005 West 33rd Avenue, Denver
Choose North Now (CNN): Our community is proud of the recent academic progress at North High School (NHS) after only one year with Principal Veltze. NHS posted the highest TCAP cumulative growth percentile of all traditional high schools (grades 9-12) in all of Denver Public School, including:
1) Twelve percent (12%) increase in reading proficiency
2) Nine percent (9%) increase in writing proficiency
3) Eleven percent (11%) increase in science proficiency
4) Fourteen (14%) increase in passing of AP tests
5) Fifty-eight percent (58%) reduction in out of school suspensions
6) Ninety percent (90%) of all 9th grade students were involved in at least one athletic team or activity/on-campus club
90% of NW children attend an elementary school in the NW and NW middle school-age enrollment is climbing dramatically (Skinner Middle School enrollment has increased 33% in 3 years). NHS will see dramatic enrollment growth in the near future. The 1,300 supporters of CNN are committed to save North’s capacity for NHS, a traditional school with arts, academic rigor, world language, and athletics . Michael Kiley from CNN will join us if you have questions or want to get involved.
Ballot initiatives 3A/3B: On a split vote, the Board placed a mill levy override and a bond on the November ballot. Personally I am supporting the Mill 3A and opposing the Bond 3B. While the Mill has a needed cost of living increase for teachers and funds for crucial programs, I am opposing the bond because DPS is already nearly 2 billion in debt. This bond is inequitable and doesn’t meet the needs of our district. We can put a better bond on the ballot next year that is fiscally responsible and equitable to all DPS children. Come and hear my plan that costs taxpayers less and provides fairness to the lower income kids of DPS, and take a look at these websites for more information:
P.S. I’m dedicated to helping elect people who are dedicated to public education to any office. My colleague Jeannie Kaplan is hosting a fundraiser for 5 candidates who support Public Education, and I’ll be hosting it with her. Please consider joining us or contributing to their campaigns. You can see the invitation here.