Southwest Denver Report

¡Ya Basta! - Enough Already!

Read the report here: ¡Ya Basta! (English) | ¡Ya Basta! (Español)

In May 2014, we released our report on Southwest Denver schools, ¡Ya Basta! - Enough Already!  Many of the 42 schools in Southwest Denver (south of 17th Street and west of I-25 and Santa Fe) are failing their students.  Of the more than 22,000 kidsor about 27% of the entire Denver Public Schools districtwho attend school in Southwest Denver, only about 14% will finish college in six years, and most elementary schools in Southwest have less than 50% of their students proficient.

Though some schools are providing excellent educations, far too many are not preparing their students to be college- and career-ready. This is simply not fair to the children. Southwest Denver schools have been ignored for too long, and it's time for that to change.  Every family deserves the opportunity to send their children to an excellent school. With new leadership at the board level, now is the time to raise your concerns. Through community meetings, letters, and phone calls, the voices of the Southwest Denver community can be heard.  It is important we stand up for our students now. 

If we do not demand better schools, nothing is going to change.

Who to Contact?
To share any other comments or concerns, you can contact these DPS School Board members who serve Southwest Denver:

  • Happy Haynes, President and At-Large member -
  • Barbara O'Brien, At-Large member -
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Secreary and District 2 representative -
  • Arturo Jiminez, District 5 representative -
For a list of upcoming community meetings that will be held in Southwest Denver, visit

If you would like to comment at a school board meeting, please call the Board Office at 720-423-3210 by 5:00 p.m. the day before the public comment session.

What should I say?
Here are a few starting questions to begin the conversation:

  • With fewer than half of the kids at most of the schools in Southwest Denver on grade level, how will the district intervene? 
  • When will these changes take place? 
  • What can I do to support change and make my voice heard? 
  • How will you ensure that all kids are prepared for college? 
This briefing was produced by Democrats for Education Reform, Stand for Children Colorado, Together Colorado, A+ Denver, and Latinos for Education Reform.