Education coalition calls on Denver Public Schools to be more transparent about school closures

The Denver Post: A group that includes a state senator, an ex-mayor, former school board members and more is calling on Denver Public Schools to be more transparent about how the district decided which schools to recommend for closure next year.

The statement issued Friday by Educate Denver comes just days after DPS announced it is looking to close 10 schools because of declining enrollment. If the plan is approved by the district’s Board of Education next month, then more than 1,500 students will have to change schools next year.

“…(A)s board members consider school consolidations and closures, they must move with families through a transparent process that includes their voices,” said state Sen. James Coleman, D-Denver, and co-chair of the coalition, in a statement. “Clarity around the criteria used to inform these recommendations and commitment to a timeline that allows for meaningful dialogue in each school community is non-negotiable.”

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