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Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative

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.

But as Denver continues to grow and housing prices increase, 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 is creating the Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative. We are establishing 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.

We invite you to join us in this important work!

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Charge from DPS Board

The Denver Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution establishing a citywide committee to do the following:

* Review changing demographics and housing patterns in our city and the effect on our schools.

* Make recommendations on our policies around boundaries, choice, enrollment and academic programs to drive greater socio-economic integration in our schools.

* Consider how to think about school choice and school consolidation to ensure that our schools offer high-quality, sustainable programs for our kids in the face of sharp declines in the number of school-aged children in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Join the Citywide Committee

The DPS Citywide Committee on Strengthening Neighborhoods is charged with fulfilling its tasks in six months and presenting recommendations to the Denver Board of Education.

Please complete the application below to join the committee. You may submit the application online or call 720-423-3211 to fill out the application by phone. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 28. Spanish applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, May 5.

Questions about the application? Email Ramona Lewis at Ramona_Lewis@dpsk12.org.

Interested in keeping up with news about this committee? Email Ramona Lewis at Ramona_Lewis@dpsk12.org and we'll put your name on our email distribution list.