As one of the most important aspects in Denver, education is considered a top priority in this city. Colorado among other states has applied a very firm and precise project to move forward with its priority for schools and educational institutions.
As a consequence of the Denver’s huge interest in education, President Obama highlighted that Denver’s Bruce Randolph School is an example that every school in the US should be following. In his State of the Union Address, he praised this public school, which is located in a tough neighborhood, as the first school in its kind in Denver which allows school leadership freedom from district and teacher’s union rules. This law was passed by the state legislature and it suggests that if 60% of the teachers agree, a school can draw up its own contract with these teachers. As a result of that, Denver’s Bruce Randolph School became the first school to use this program. Now the administration has full control to decide and select replacements.
This school was opened as a middle school in 2002 and was named after a barbeque restaurant owner, Bruce Randolph, who fed the less fortunate at Thanksgiving for 30 years. This great man passed away in 1994. In 2007 Denver Public Schools gave permission for this school to operate independently from the school district. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado,” the President said. “But last May, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college.”
This school has left a good impression on parents, students, teachers, and the community. Former Bruce Randolph School Principal Kristin Waters was surprised by the President’s speech. She said that she felt awesome and is very happy that they took one the lowest performing schools in Denver which almost got closed, to the top performing and most successful schools in the US as the President has said.
This is not the only accomplishment Denver’s schools have made. The Denver School of Science and Technology has made it to the finals in the White House Race. Unlucky for them, they have lost it to Michigan’s Kalamazoo Central High School. According to the White House, President Obama will be traveling to Michigan to give a graduation speech.
Denver’s Governor Bill Ritter said that he is very proud of the success the Denver School of Science and Technology has made being 1 of the 3 finalists among 1,000 applicants and wished them luck to continue their journey preparing students the be the next generation of Denver leaders and innovators.