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Citywide Education Progress Reports

DENVER: As Denver Grows, DPS Works to Advance Socioeconomic Integration

For several years, Denver Public Schools and the city of Denver have seen rapid growth,  but  housing costs are increasing, too. As neighborhoods change, education leaders in Denver have taken steps to help make sure  that emerging issues of gentrification and displacement don’t mean that disadvantaged students are displaced from great school options as well. DPS has used various controlled choicestrategies in the past to help integrate their schools, but as the city’s demographics and populations continue to shift, DPS is moving  forward with their Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative.

Through this initiative, a standing committee representative of city demographics advises and guides policy implementation related to issues around enrollment, transportation, choice, equity, community engagement, school openings and closings, and more—all in the interest of advancing socioeconomic integration and access as Denver changes. While the work of the 40-member committee is just beginning, this initiative is a proactive step toward work on a complex problem shared by many cities, using a method that incorporates the priorities of affected communities.

View Denver’s citywide education progress report.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.