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DPS Statement on Proposed Federal Education Cuts

Statement released March 16 by Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg regarding proposed cuts to federal education spending:

“We are deeply troubled by the proposed cuts to federal education funding, which target key efforts to improve classroom instruction and provide extended learning opportunities for kids. These initiatives are fundamental to our vision of ensuring Every Child Succeeds.

Without a doubt, the quality of our teachers is the single most important factor in our schools in the success of our kids. Our absolute top priority is to support and help our teachers develop the complex and sophisticated skills they need to successfully reach all students. And yet this proposed budget would slash $3.75 million DPS receives annually to hire and train teachers in schools throughout our district.

Another target of this proposed budget is funding for after-school, before-school and extended-day programs, typically known in DPS as Discovery Link. We would lose about $1 million for these programs, which provide educational learning opportunities for working families that they might not otherwise be able to afford. We know a huge factor in closing achievement gaps between our low-income students and their more affluent classmates is more quality instructional time, not less.

Altogether, DPS stands to lose between $5 million and $10 million in federal funding if Congress approves the budget as submitted. This is a significant sum but we are equally concerned about the message this seems to send about the value of research-proven, data-supported efforts that work for all of our students, but particularly our most vulnerable kids.”