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wrote in an e-mail to students, faculty
and staff. “At DU, personal choice is
a part of personal growth. Our minds
and hearts are shaped by the values of
our community but are not regulated
by them.”
The task force originally recom-
mended a complete ban on the use or
possession of all tobacco products on
Coombe told the campus commu-
nity that second hand tobacco smoke
is a clear public health issue and it is
reasonable to address both the task
force proposal and our current policy
in that light. Data suggest that second
hand smoke can have adverse health
effects within a distance of 25 feet.
A special exception will be granted
for events at the Newman Center for
the Performing Arts and the Ritchie
Center for Sports and Wellness venues
used by the public at large. For these
two venues located on the campus
perimeter smoking will continue to be
banned within the buildings, but des-
ignated smoking areas will be made
available outside the buildings, at an
appropriate distance from entrances
and exits, during public events.
The task force’s recommendations
were presented to the chancellor last
winter with its recommendations and
a supporting petition signed by nearly
1,900 members of the University com-
With a Stanford University report
circulating that attacks the perfor-
mance of charter schools, and another
report from the Colorado Children’s
Campaign and other organizations
calling “current achievement levels
dismal,” the Denver Public School
Board has approved ten new schools,
nine of them charters. The approval
has some parent activists attacking the
process as flawed.
The methodologically weak
Children’s Campaign report, carries
the political freight going into the fall
school board campaign with an alarm-
ist description of the current state of
affairs. Alex Medler, one of the report’s
authors and long-time charter school
analyst/advocate argues that the
report is an apt and accessible recita-
tion of the available data. Medler has
been quoted as saying his “primary
interest is studying strategic coali-
tions and building a broader coalition
that can better support quality char-
ter schools.” The Colorado Children’s
Campaign and MOP are both funded
by the Donnel-Kay Foundation, and
Donnel-Kay Executive Director Tony
Lewis is both on the A+ Denver board
and the sponsor of charter applicant
Envision Schools.
“Our community faces a crisis and
the people of this city need to know
that,” said Federico Peña, Chairman
Inside the
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For years, Colorado tourists and
gamblers have been wishing for more
casino games and the ability to bet
and win more. And, for the benefit of
the state’s community college system,
Colorado voters granted the wish.
Next month Colorado’s 17-year-
Denver approves new
schools amid protests
Change in law brings
big changes to casinos
community college funding
of the Board of A+ Denver and for-
mer Denver Mayor. “We have a school
system that is going to require major
change to give the students in our
community the education they both
need and deserve. And that will require
significant public and political will,” he
Just why there is a suggested deficit
of political will in pursuing reforms
is unclear. But there is opposition on
the school board to some of the new
schools. The successful applications met
with nearly unanimous board votes.
According to the Children’s
Campaign, DPS Superintendent Tom
Boasberg told those attending the report
presentation, “this report highlights the
need to accelerate the reforms underway
in the Denver Public Schools. Though
we are making progress in key areas,
the status quo is profoundly unaccept-
able. We need to work closely with our
families, our students and our teachers
to speed up the pace of improvement
in our schools so that every one of
our students has the opportunity to
graduate from high school and attend
Yet, while district energies focus on
new schools, the vast majority of DPS
students still are in traditional schools,
of which there are nearly a hundred
rated low or unsatisfactory.
see DPS on page 12
see CASINO on page 3
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old gaming laws will get an upgrade.
With the state facing a massive bud-
get gap, higher education has been suf-
fering, particularly the community col-
lege system, which has a limited ability
to increase tuition. The strain is made
greater by the number of people who
are seeking new job skills, particularly
those out of work or facing a career
change. Community colleges have
become vital economic cogs, prepping
workers to attract new companies and
investment to Colorado.
Joining a growing number of col-
lege campuses, the University of
Denver has put an end to cigarettes
at school. Between higher taxes and
fewer smoking venues, smokers are
feeling the pinch of the anti-tobacco
Smoking will not be allowed on
the DU campus effective Jan. 1, 2010
except for an area 25 feet from public
perimeter rights-of-way. Chancellor
Robert Coombe informed the cam-
pus community of his decision on
Thursday following a recommenda-
tion by the DU Tobacco Task Force,
which has been studying the issue of
smoking on campus for more than a
The task force was not assembled
by University administration, but was
led by Dr. Sam Alexander, executive
director of University Health Services.
The group’s objective was to develop
and recommend new policies govern-
ing the use of tobacco on campus,
focusing on the health and well-being
of the University Community. The
current policy bans smoking within
all University buildings and outside
of buildings within 25 feet of entranc-
es and exits.
“In considering the proposed full
tobacco ban, it is important to note
that while the University has rules
and regulations governing the con-
duct of its students, faculty, and staff
and policies in keeping with current
law, it does not regulate legal per-
sonal choice unless such choice has
a deleterious effect on the commu-
nity as a whole,” Chancellor Coombe
DU snuffs out campus smokes
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June 26, 2009 Page 2
For Breaking news
ThroughouT The MonTh, VisiT
Congratulations to the 3,000 stu-
dents who graduated from Denver
Public Schools this year! Unfortunately,
however, another 3,000 failed to gradu-
ate. For the first time, Denver’s gradua-
tion rates fell
below 50%
this year, to
49.5%. This
means that
half of the
s t u d e n t s
who started
as freshmen
four years
ago failed to
graduate this
the cup is half-empty or half-full, we
should not be content with these cir-
cumstances in our community.
Graduation rates vary somewhat
among different schools in the city.
The highest rates this year were at the
Denver School of the Arts and Denver
Center for International Studies (DCIS),
where the graduation rate was nearly
100%. For South graduation rates were
nearly 70% and for George Washington
they were nearly 80%.
I recently spoke with a research
analyst at Denver Public Schools to
check the accuracy of the 50% gradu-
ation rate. I was hoping that there
was some kind of statistical misunder-
standing. Perhaps the 50% didn’t count
transfers or some other factor. No, they
said, it was a real number, at least for
high school diplomas. Transfers were
counted, although the number did not
include students who received a GED,
which would bring the number with
diplomas or GED’s to 58%.
It’s no secret that, on average, kids
who do not graduate from high school
get jobs that pay far less than those
who graduate. High school graduates,
on average, make $1 million more dur-
ing their lifetime than non-graduates.
People with college degrees fare even
better, in terms of career opportunities.
At a recent luncheon, Denver Public
School Superintendent Tom Boasberg
said , “This is an age in which the
failure to graduate is a condemnation
to a second tier of economic citizen-
ship.” Boasberg and others are calling
for a new emphasis on keeping kids in
school and helping them graduate.
So what can we do? Well, DPS is
working on several fronts to reduce
dropouts and increase graduation rates.
A study released this spring showed that
most dropouts showed early signs of
failure in the 9th grade, so many efforts
are aimed at 9th graders. Working with
groups like Goodwill, Denver Kids and
Colorado Youth at Risk, DPS is trying
to identify kids with the potential to
drop out early and provide mentoring,
tutoring and other assistance to help
them be successful.
As a community, we cannot afford
to have so many kids entering adult-
hood without a high school diploma.
It’s time to rally around DPS and the
nonprofit groups that help kids succeed
in school. When these kids are success-
ful we all benefit.
— Dong Linkhart is a Denver City
Councilman at-large
Time to Improve Graduation Rates
Denver Public Schools has responded
to a parent activist on the issue of Middle
School algebra— see the May issue of the
Cherry Creek News online for much more.
Dear Ms. Witter:
Thank you for your interest in the
Denver Public Schools’ approach to teach-
ing algebra at the eighth grade level. Please
be assured, the DPS sets high expectations
for all of its students and is strongly
committed to making sure that all of our
eighth graders take algebra and are well
prepared to succeed in high school and
college mathematics.
There should be no debate on how
important algebra is for eighth graders.
It’s absolutely
essential. The ques-
tion is: what’s the
best way to deliver
algebra instruction
to our students?
In the DPS,
eighth graders take algebra using units
from the Connected Mathematics (CMP)
curriculum. And the decision to use that
as the district’s common math curriculum
was made after a thorough, data-driven
Connected Mathematics is aligned with
the Colorado Model Content Standards for
Mathematics, and it was developed by the
National Science Foundation after rigor-
ous research. Its principles are consistent
with the recommendations of the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and
numerous research studies have been con-
ducted on student achievement results
using CMP. These studies include field-
test reports (evaluation), external research
reports, and state and district data. Studies
have focused on achievement across a
wide spectrum of student demographics.
Three studies are particularly relevant to
the algebra conversation in Denver. First,
a University of Missouri study found that
CMP students scored significantly higher
on algebra items than did a group of simi-
lar students, many of whom were enrolled
in an Algebra 1 course. Second, in Traverse
City, Mich., the percent of students who
passed Advanced Placement Calculus and
Advanced Placement Statistics increased
dramatically in 2001, the first year that
those AP students had completed CMP
in grades 6-8. Third, a research study of
the Madison School District in Arizona
showed that after implementation of CMP,
the percentage of eighth graders who
qualified for Honors Geometry (based on
a placement exam) increased.
As Denver moved to district-wide
implementation of CMP, eight univer-
sity and college mathematics profes-
sors sent a letter supporting the use
of Connected Mathematics in middle
schools. Schools included (are)University
of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado School
of Mines, University of Colorado at
Denver, University of Northern Colorado,
Metropolitan State College of Denver, and
University of Southern Colorado.
This is the right mathematics curricu-
lum for our students.
And it is backed up by a strong system
to monitor our students’ progress. DPS
eighth graders take an Algebra 1 test in
May. Results from the test, along with
other indicators (grades,
proficiency on Progress
Report Indicators, profi-
ciency with algebra big
ideas, and interest and
motivation to accelerate in
mathematics) determine
completion of the Algebra 1 requirement
for graduation. Students who complete
this requirement enroll in ninth grade
geometry. Students who do not complete
this requirement in eighth grade enroll in
Algebra 1 in high school.
And the number of DPS students suc-
ceeding in high school algebra is increas-
ing. For the 2008-09 school year, the per-
centage of students passing algebra at the
high school level jumped by 6 percentage
In all subjects, the DPS is committed
to establishing high academic standards
for all students, providing rich and rig-
orous programs, and ensuring that the
right data-driven academic framework
and supports are in place to help students
We are committed to an ongoing
cycle of continuous improvement, and
we annually assess our student progress
and adjust our strategies to better support
student achievement. DPS also provides
an opportunity for schools with proven
track records of success and growth to
supplement the district’s common cur-
riculum with accelerated programs. DPS
appreciates and relies on community
involvement in our schools, and we look
forward to continued dialog on how best
to support our diverse student population
and help them succeed in high school and
Ana Tilton, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer
DPS responds on middle
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Colorado residents. Beginning July
2, Colorado Community Colleges
will receive 78 percent of the gaming
tax revenue, specifically directed to
student financial aid and classroom
instruction. Twenty two percent will
go to Gilpin and Teller counties and its
gaming towns, according to the pro-
portion of incremental revenue.
“With the four-lane Central City
Parkway already in place, Colorado
taxpayers need not be burdened with
the expense of creating additional
roads to Black Hawk and Central City.
This is a big plus to the visitors who
want to enjoy any additional hours,
higher bet limits and new games like
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Casinos are gearing up for the
change over. Many are offering spe-
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July 1 at 8 p.m. thru Thursday, July
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have a kick-off bash to usher in the
new laws. Live music, complimentary
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Amendment 50 allowed Central
City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek
to vote to extend the hours of operation
of casinos, to add the games of rou-
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amount of money that can be wagered
on any single bet from $5 up to a maxi-
mum of $100. Amendment 50 exempts
the revenue raised from new gaming
limits from state and local revenue and
spending limits. The state anticipates
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over the next two fiscal years.
The expansion in games and betting
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On July 2, Amendment 50 will
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Each of the three towns had to vote
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The nearly unanimous vote by
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Despite economy the spirit of giving is up
Before the doors opened to guests
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Harmony Chorale, another local
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“Kill All The Quants?”
Models vs. Mania In The Current Financial Crisis
Andrew W. Lo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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the complexity of certain financial securities and the mathematical models used
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Judaism Your Way, a Denver-
based Jewish outreach organization,
announced the second annual Tu B’Av
Jewish Festival of Love, to be held on
Sunday, August 2 from 1-6 p.m. at the
Phipps Tennis Pavilion and Gardens in
Denver. The event celebrates the little-
known Jewish holiday called Tu B’Av.
“Each Jewish holiday has a central
theme,” said Rabbi Brian Field of
Judaism Your Way. “Tu B’Av is a Jewish
celebration of love. In Israel the holiday
is celebrated with dance festivals and
love songs on the radio and is a popular
time to become engaged or married.”
The Festival will offer a variety
of activities that celebrate the various
types of love in our lives.
Tu B’Av also corresponds to the
time of the grape harvest in Israel.
At the Festival adults will enjoy wine
tasting provide by Turquoise Mesa
Winery and for everyone there will be
an opportunity to stomp some grapes.
Rabbi Field will once again offer
all couples the opportunity to renew
their commitment of love to each other
under the traditional Huppa, the Jewish
wedding canopy. At last year’s festival
this was one of the most popular aspects
and attracted large groups to witness
the ritual.
It wouldn’t be a summer festival
without live music which this year will
be provided by the Borscht Brothers,
Bat Kol and Shalom Feivel and Rocky
Mountain Jewgrass. Local folk legend,
Harry Tuft, will lead a song circle
(so bring your acoustic instruments),
Cowboy Hirsh will be entertaining
the younger children and there will
be strolling musicians throughout the
Festival grounds.
“This year we’ve expanded the
learning opportunities at the festival,”
said Rabbi Field. “There will be
workshops for couples and individuals
on various aspects of love and
relationships led by Drs. Ben Cohen and
Rae Sandler Simon, two outstanding
facilitators and therapists. I will offer
an opportunity to explore the topic of
love from a Jewish perspective and
Boulder-based teacher and therapist,
Eve Ilsen, returns to the festival
this year to present Love Stories for
As love and dancing are often
associated, participants at the Festival
can learn and experience Sacred
Dancing with Eyal Rivlin and Sara
Local artists will display and
sell their Judaic art and local Jewish
community organizations will be
providing children’s activities and
sharing information about their
programs and services.
Food will be available for purchase
from Falafel King and Little Man Ice
Phipps Tennis Pavilion is located
at 3400 Belcaro Drive in Denver. Free
parking is available in the neighborhood
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Do you drive down Evans Avenue?
Or look at Mount Evans
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Here is some history
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“Railroads caused Denver’s
population boom, and street railways
enabled Denver to grow physically
outward onto the surrounding
prairies. Just as John Evans had
established railroads, he helped start
the streetcar line which did much to
shape Denver’s growth.
In 1886, John Evans and his son
William Gray Evans incorporated the
Denver Tramway Company (DTC)
with William Byers, hotelkeeper
Henry C. Brown and businessman
and library builder Roger Woodbury.
The DTC secured an exclusive city
franchise to build electric streetcar
lines, thereby dooming the horse
railways that built Denver’s first
streetcar lines in the 1870s. By 1900,
the DTC had driven rival cable car
and horse railways out of business
and monopolized Denver streetcar
service. The Tramway installed
a citywide network of overhead
electric trolleys for lines that reached
every neighborhood in Denver. The
DTC shot out East Colfax Avenue to
Park Hill, Montclair and
Au r o r a ,
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Golden. One of the
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Englewood and Littleton. Another
DTC line headed west on 32nd
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The Washington Avenue line served
Globeville and Adams County.
The Denver Tramway Company
became one of Denver’s biggest
employers and an essential part of
many people’s lives. Most, lacking
horse and carriages, took streetcars
to work, to shop and to play.
Special tramway cars were rented
out for weddings and honeymoons,
while Funeral Cars A and B took
many Denverites on their final
rides—to Riverside and Fairmount
The rapidly expanding DTC built
a huge power plant at the confluence
of the South Platte and Cherry
Creek (today’s REI Flagship store).
After the death of John Evans, his
son demolished the family house
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It came as a surprise to many people
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The 2009 Aveo5 2LT does that and
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The Aveo comes in three models – LS,
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unavoidable consequences of hard-
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I grew up in a very homogenous,
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My thirst for diversity was a driv-
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purchased our home and moved to
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wanted my children to be exposed to
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our city block alone there are at least
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sented. These friends and neighbors
bring richness to my life. They make
my small home in the city more valu-
able to me than any large home in the
My Italian neighbor frequently
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dishes. A Latina teenager who attends
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the details of her upcoming quincea-
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celebration in her life. The Nigerian
artist who owns the home next door
brings his native skills and traditions
to the community. A Guatemalan-born,
American-raised professor of psychol-
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hill has mentored me for the past
seven years. Her unique perspective
and wisdom have made me a better
therapist, and a better person.
On a personal level, interracial rela-
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The eye of the foreclosure storm
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which ranks as the local zip code most
fraught with foreclosures. It’s also the
area whose growth since 2000 came
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residents, according to a recent report
in the Denver Post.
Numerous sources confirm that
people of color were sold sub-prime
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report by the Applied Research Center
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By 2006, 53.3% of these high-cost home
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In contrast, only 17.7% of sub-prime
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Most disturbingly, banks designed
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they would fail. Bankruptcy experts
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denoting the bank’s expectation of tak-
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for the homebuyer. These discrimina-
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disproportionate number of families of
color in crisis as, even after receiving
billions in bail-out money, banks con-
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on in 2008 alone. ACORN reports an
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Gratitude is
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But the trouble for my friends and
neighbors of color doesn’t stop there.
Due to a long standing history of edu-
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Without meaningful intervention,
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children to support) will no longer be
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cease to pulse with diversity as banks
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The bill passed by Governor Ritter
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Its vague language and loopholes are
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DPS pushes new schools
The new schools approach, and
accompanying air of desperation polit-
ical campaign, comes as parents across
the city have formed a new organi-
zation, the Denver Education Action
Network, to demand the district focus
upon existing schools.
Many have characterized the dis-
trict focus on new schools as effec-
tively a union bustin campaign, as the
charters are not unionized. Why the
unionized teachers are seen as the core
issue is unknown— research by econo-
mists point to other keys in fixing
Denver schools— better early child-
hood education efforts and a critical
need to improve the performance of
non-native English speakers. Poverty,
mobility and a lack of kindergarten
preparation are all known to have a
more powerful impact than whether a
classroom’s teacher belong to a union
and works under a union contract.
The district staff claimed they dis-
regarded the input they sought out (a
multiple public meetings) using a pro-
cess they designed because it was not
scientific and not based on a survey.
In DEAN’s recent meeting with
Marc Waxman, Director of the New
Schools Office, Mr. Waxman admit-
ted there was no real market research
to support the decisions being pro-
posed and that the New Schools Office
would have to “make tough choices
based on the little information we
have.” DEAN then offered the assis-
tance of DPS parents with expertise in
market research to assist the district in
designing and implementing a survey
using a valid statistical sample of DPS
parents or the broader community
of Denver parents, which the district
refused stating first they would want a
third party to conduct the survey, then
stating that there was not time before
the June 18 vote.
“Especially in this economy, we
can’t afford approving schools with
excessive salaries and that aren’t finan-
cially sound,” says Deborah Ortega.
“And as parents and citizens, we have
the right to demand that new schools’
claims to academic excellence can be
“Without this basic level of account-
ability, we are concerned that once
again the taxpayer’s dollars are being
The district had recommended
seven of the 17 new-school applica-
tions, after a thorough evaluation of
the proposals against the district’s cri-
teria of having a solid research-based
educational model, proven school
leadership, highly qualified design
teams, strong board governance and
demonstrated community support.

The school board approved the
opening of the following schools:
Denver Green School (preschool-8)
- A “performance” (district-run) school
with a preschool-through-eighth-grade
program will open in 2010. The school’s
program will integrate project-based
learning and community service, with
an overall focus on the importance of
protecting the environment and build-
ing a sustainable future. The preferred
location for this school is the southeast
quadrant of the city.
Two campuses of West Denver
Prep (6-8) - A charter college-prepara-
tory middle-years program will open
two schools in 2010. West Denver Prep
has successfully operated its first school
in Denver’s Westwood and Southwest
neighborhoods yielding high student
achievement. The preferred location
for both schools is the northwest quad-
rant of the city.
Four campuses of the Denver
School of Science and Technology
(DSST) - Four charter college-prepa-
ratory schools—each focused on the
areas of science, technology, engineer-
ing and math—will open over the next
four years. The program will serve
grades six through 12, with the first
school opening in 2010 at the new
Green Valley Ranch building. Denver
School of Science and Technology’s
first school, located in the Stapleton
community, has seen 100% of its high
school seniors gain acceptance to four-
year colleges and universities.
SOAR Charter School (K-5) - A
charter school will open in 2010. The
school will offer a rigorous, enrich-
ment-focused, holistic approach to
educating children, a replication of
the highly successful Future Leaders
Institute (FLI) School in the Harlem
neighborhood of New York City. The
preferred location for this school is the
far northeast quadrant of the city.
Denver Language School (K-8) - A
charter school with a kindergarten-
through-eighth-grade program will
open in 2010. The school’s program
will focus on language immersion in
Mandarin and Spanish. The preferred
location for this school is the northeast
quadrant of the city.
KIPP Academy Middle School (5-8)
- A college-preparatory charter school
with a middle years program will open
in 2011. The preferred location for this
school is either the northeast or far
northeast quadrants of the city.
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