Denver Public Schools, which has long struggled with lagging graduation rates, appears to be turning a corner toward improvement. Thanks in part to programs that act as a safety net for struggling students, DPS’s dropout rate is down 42 percent over the last five years (9News). One of those programs is Summit Academy, which has given hope to students like Adrian Sandoval, who was apparently susceptible to “getting lost in the crowd…. If I can do it, anybody out there could do it” (CW2).
Meanwhile, several of the top contenders for Denver mayor answered a long list of questions from EducationNews Colorado, including whether the city’s school administrators and teachers should be held accountable for ensuring that every student receives a quality education. Michael Hancock, James Mejía, and Chris Romer say “yes,” but Doug Linkhart strongly disagrees.