Denver, Colorado - Stand for Children Colorado (Stand Colorado) parents will continue to call for better schools in Southwest Denver tonight during the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education work session. The DPS School Board will hear from parents about placement recommendations made by DPS staff for new middle schools in Southwest Denver.
“Far too many children are being left behind by Southwest Denver schools. Stand parents have been demanding that the district address low performing schools in Southwest Denver for two years. More than 1,100 parents and community members signed our petition demanding change,” said Alejandra Juarez, Stand Colorado parent leader. "We desperately need schools like Denver School of Science and Technology and Compass Academy in Southwest Denver and encourage the school board to approve their permanent placement in the area as soon as possible. There is so much that still needs to be done to address the needs of Southwest Denver students but this is a strong step forward.”
Over the last two years Stand Colorado parents have led a variety of efforts to advocate for change in Southwest Denver including:
Attending every school board meeting to call for action and holding a number of community meetings with DPS leaders;
Knocking on the doors of over 1,000 households to distribute a report on Southwest Denver schools developed by a coalition of groups that included A+ Denver, Latinos for Education Reform, and Democrats for Education Reform;
Gathering over 1,100 petition signatures from parents and community members who are demanding change in Southwest Denver schools;
Leading a rally of more than 100 people in June 2014 to present the petition signatures to the DPS school board and asking the district to create a task force to address the need for more quality school options in Southwest Denver; and
Turning out over 100 parents and community members to an October 2014 meeting led by DPS Board Member Rosemary Rodriguez to discuss a plan to address low performing schools in Southwest Denver.