Sengenberger: Denver Public Schools keeps digging holes

The Denver Gazette: With each passing incident, Denver Public Schools digs its own hole — disregarding transparency and accountability, neglecting the safety of students and staff, and silencing those who speak out. Trapped in an unending state of permacrisis, DPS continues to commit unforced errors and demonstrate a complete disregard for crisis management — sowing seeds of distrust throughout the district.

On Tuesday, DPS refused to release video of an illegal, five-hour executive session held behind closed doors in March by a court-appointed deadline. Instead, they filed an appeal in a lawsuit over the recording brought by seven media outlets, including The Denver Gazette.

“It is a clear-cut violation of the open meetings law,” asserted Steve Zansberg, president of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and an attorney representing the media outlets. A judge agreed, ordering the video’s release. Yet Superintendent Alex Marrero and the DPS legal team insisted on lodging an appeal the day of the deadline — raising suspicions about their motives.

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