Citywide committee to address impacts of gentrification on schools
Denver – In DPS, we are committed to operating and sustaining high-quality, socio-economically integrated schools in our communities. We believe that high-quality integrated schools not only offer the best educational outcomes for our children but also serve a vital function in promoting and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods.
As our city continues to grow and housing prices increase, however, our diverse neighborhoods are struggling to balance the challenges of gentrification with their rich cultural histories. Many parts of Denver are undergoing major shifts in demographics, which is resulting in significant changes in housing patterns and a major reduction in many neighborhoods of school-aged children.
To address these concerns, DPS has created the Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative. We have established a committed group of partners to help us address racial and socio-economic diversity in our schools and issues of school consolidation in neighborhoods that are losing the highest number of school-aged children.
Monday, this committee begins six months of work to explore these challenges and recommend solutions. In advance of the first committee meeting being held later that evening, Board of Education members and Superintendent Tom Boasberg, along with city and community partners, will speak to the goals of the Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative at an event at 3 p.m. Monday, June 5 at the Emily Griffith Campus.