Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Jan. 16, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org
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Jesus Salazar, who is a board member of the organization A-Plus Denver — a nonprofit organization that provides oversight for the district — told the DPS board a detailed report will be out later this year, but said the main point is that the current plan doesn't work.
"The bottom line is we do feel the plan needs to be redrawn," Salazar said. "We want a tool where we can hold management and the board accountable."
The review of the plan was started more than two years ago, after the current version of the plan was introduced in late 2009.
"While it provides a fairly comprehensive list of the district initiatives, it does not clearly describe how the district will be managed for success," the memo states.
As Salazar put it, the plan does not articulate a roadmap that parents and the community can understand and use to hold the district accountable.
A-Plus Denver calls for the report to be shorter, to have a contingency plan in case goals aren't met. It asks goals to be re-written in a way that prioritizes them and incorporates a way to reach them, including milestones along the way.
Specifically, the letter also asks DPS to include goals that focus on more than just math and literacy.
Salazar said when the board last approved the plan, it only discussed for about 10 minutes before passing it unanimously.
Van Schoales, executive director for A-Plus Denver, said that the criticism may reflect more on the board than the staff, since the board creates district policy and directs the staff.
Schoales said the report is meant as constructive criticism, providing suggestions on how to improve accountability and the vision for the district.
DPS board member Jeannie Kaplan referenced the report in her criticism of the district's graduation and remediation rates earlier in Thursday's meeting.
Andrea Merida, another DPS board member, wrote a blog post about the report in which she said she agrees with the concerns about the plan. Merida added that she would also include in a call for a revised plan a request for a "redrafted strategy for supporting English learners at the school level, a system to rank schools based on whole child measures, and a complete overhaul of the School Performance Framework."
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