In January 2012, ERS delivered a public presentation to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education which summarized the results and recommendations stemming from our year-long Resource Mapping project.
Denver Public Schools (DPS) is poised to take action today that will lead to serving all students more effectively. Although the challenges are significant, including deep budget cuts, the district made the strategic choice to look thoroughly at how resources are currently allocated and now has a foundation for making decisions that will lead to greater teaching effectiveness, more successful school portfolio strategy, and targeted attention for students who need it most.
This report lays out what has to be done, why and how. It shows that DPS will have to make tough trade-offs, continue to work hard and to make the most of exceptional community support. It won’t be easy, but the return on investment for the students of Denver and the community more broadly warrants the effort. We expect and hope the report will inform and support DPS’s efforts to improve.