Just saw this in the Rocky Mountain News, A vision for a 21st century school district
. The school board says, "It is hard to admit, but it is abundantly clear that we will fail the vast majority of children in Denver if we try to run our schools the same old way."
The opinion piece goes on to lay out a vision that includes: great principals, excellent teachers, school choice, site level control, monitoring progress, and greater transparency.
They conclude: "In this new century, every child's success is no longer merely a matter of rhetoric. It is a moral imperative. That pressure we all feel derives from something much nobler than "No Child Left Behind" or CSAP scores. What is at stake is the future of our democracy, and we know that 21st century kids will not succeed with 20th century skills."
So, is this empty rhetoric, or a board that's ready to embrace School 2.0? Any Denverites here?