DCTA Statement on the Denver Public Schools small schools resolution pause


September 30, 2021

Statement from Rob Gould, special education teacher and president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association on Superintendent Marrero’s decision to pause the Denver Public Schools (DPS) small schools resolution: 

“We’d like to thank Dr. Marrero and the school board for listening to many voices and taking additional time to pause on the small schools resolution. This is the type of bold leadership that Denver Public Schools needs. This pandemic has been an extremely trying and challenging time for students, their families, the community and our educators. We are hopeful that by taking a more measured approach and further engaging with our communities during this process, it will be clear that our students need strong public neighborhood schools, no matter the zip code in which they live.

“For the past decade, Denver Public Schools has been plagued by the reform agenda. The origin of small school consolidation began with the reformer experimentation of opening too many for-profit schools rather than focusing on further funding and improving the public schools we currently have. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association looks forward to collaborating with Dr. Marrero, the DPS board, families and community members to create solutions that benefit our students.”