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What to watch for as a new board is seated

Now that the new Board is seated with new leadership, what are we watching for?  READ OUR FULL FAREWELL EMAIL HERE.

  • The Fate of McAuliffe: Will the new Board vote to revoke McAuliffe's innovation status? Will they permanently fire interim principal Micah Klaver and other staff members in retaliation? 
  • Superintendent Marrero: What will the new Board do with Marrero? What can they do? Remember, thanks to the brilliance of the Board's decision last spring to extend Marrero's contract, along with a hefty raise, Denver taxpayers are now on the hook to pay out his contract if he's fired.  Let that sink in a bit, and then feel free to punch a wall or howl at the moon. Can the new Board at least reign him in, put some accountability metrics in place that limit the damage he can do?  Or is it better to just fire him and suck up the cost?  Or will they do nothing?
  • Safety:  How will the new Board tackle the ever present issue of safety in our schools?  What will they do with the Discipline Matrix?  As recently as a month before the election, Superintendent Marrero and the Board were still advocating for students who are charged with attempted murder to return to classrooms in their neighborhood schools. That needs to change. How will the new Board members live up to their campaign promises in this regard?
  • Innovation Zones: In addition to the specific questions around McAuliffe, how will the old/new Board members vote on the future of innovation Zones in Denver?  These zones and schools have been a critical part of DPS's portfolio of schools for years, yet the current Board has seemed hell-bent on destroying them because they can't "control" them.
  • Oh, let's not forget about ACADEMICS:  How will the new Board show that they prioritize actual academic outcomes? We know the current Board members think this is a secondary issue - how will our new Board members elevate academics as a priority?

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