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©2019 by Tay Anderson, Denver School Board At-Large Director.

School Safety &

Mental Health

One of the biggest changes in the education landscape over the past generation is school safety and mental health, and it has been overwhelmingly negative.

 

The risks of being hurt or criminalized at school have increased, while social and mental health supports have been underfunded. These issues affect every student deeply, not just hurting their grades but their overall well-being.

Educators

Educators are the backbone of our schools. If they are not supported, everything will eventually fall apart. Right now, the public is very supportive of improving how we treat our teachers.

 

We just need our school board members to feel the same way. As an educator myself, I will be a champion for those who have chosen a career of serving students.

Equity

Equity should not just be a buzzword. It is the measuring stick of how students are truly getting access to their constitutionally-protected right to an education.

 

Right now, in Denver, they are not. Our achievement gap along racial lines is one of the nation’s worst. This is absolutely shameful. It is within our power to fix it.

 

Below are actions I will take as school board member to make a change.

  • ENDING THE (PRE)SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

  • EXPANDING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE 

  • GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS

  • ENDING 'PERIOD POVERTY' IN DPS

Neighborhood Schools

Private corporations should not run our public education system. Our education system is starting to look like our healthcare system-- a complicated “choice” system where private corporations control who gets what kind of service.

 

It is the duty of the school board to make sure every single community school is providing a high quality education. Picking winners and losers is just an abdication of that responsibility. Education is a right. I will make sure our education system still treats it that way.