DPS board candidates debate whether district should stop closing schools or opening new ones

Oct 10, 2019 by

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Several candidates for the Denver Public Schools board are calling for a moratorium on closing schools or opening new ones, but others say such a move would impair the district’s ability to control what happens in its own backyard.

The board has the ability to approve new traditional, charter or innovation schools. In August, it gave a nod to two new schools. DPS has projected declining enrollment in the early 2020s, however, which has led some to question whether adding schools is a viable strategy.

Board seats are open in Districts 1 and 5, and voters across the city also will decide who occupies an at-large seat. The Denver Post asked all candidates how they would approach school governance as part of a series of stories on important issues facing the district ahead of the November election.

Tay Anderson, who is running for the at-large seat, called for a moratorium on approving new schools and on closing schools. He said he’s in favor of combining several of the smaller high schools in the Montbello neighborhood to create a comprehensive school, however.

“We need to support what we already have in Denver,” he said.

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