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Blog Post by Alexander Ooms: Segregation & DPS

One of the early criticisms leveled against charter schools was that they were “skimming kids” – that the lottery enrollment policy used by charters resulted in the admission of primarily the brightest, most motivated students. This argument has faded (at least in Denver) since charters here serve the same demographics as traditional schools, as well as the undisputed fact that many charters with lottery enrollment have done poorly (it would be an odd and circular argument indeed that the lottery process results in skimming only by successful charters). However, the pendulum has now swung to the other side. A new accusation making the rounds is that charter schools – many of whom are focused on low-income neighborhoods – are in fact increasing the economic segregation of our public school system.


Blog Post by Alexander Ooms: Set Direction, Hold True

The Donnell-Kay Foundation released a new report today, "True North: Goals for Denver Public Schools," with partners A+ Denver, Stand for Children Colorado and Together Colorado. DK Senior Fellow Alexander Ooms, who helped author the piece, elaborates here on the need for stronger goals.


"Great Expectations, Mixed Results" Update: Extended Appendix available now for all of Denver's new schools

After DK released its latest report last week, we heard from several readers who offered a piece of advice: update the Appendix to cover all 32 schools that started in the last 5 years and are still operating. We've taken that advice and the extended Appendix is live now.


"Great Expectations, Mixed Results:" DK releases report on DPS new school performance

Some of Denver’s new schools are doing well in their first few years of operation. Others are not helping their students achieve the academic growth they need to be successful. DK’s newest report offers an analysis of 36 charter, innovation, and redesign schools that have opened in DPS over the last 5 years.

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