As Adams 14 goes before the State Board of Education in their 8th year of the accountability clock, students, community leaders and parents are demanding urgent action from those responsible for the education of our children. We hope that intervention from the State Board results in immediate and actionable change for students. There are levers that we know turn districts around- including more teacher evaluation and coaching, adding more high quality choices and building systems of accountability.
Our parents are becoming stronger and stronger voices in the room, speaking up about the need to cultivate high quality teachers, understanding that other districts have accountability systems and most importantly, realizing that the schools that they are not satisfied with do not have to be their only option. Our parent leaders have been advocating for the opening of KIPP Commerce City- we know that if this school could open, they could collaborate with the district to improve all schools. Unfortunately, efforts by the local and state teachers unions to maintain the status quo will likely result in the District School Board voting no on the KIPP application at their November 13 board meeting- a clear example of the adults in Adams 14 putting politics before kids.
TEN has watched KIPP engage deeply with families over the past year, li