Yesterday, Van Schoales, CEO of A+ Colorado, and Henry Roman, President of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, released a joint statement purporting to encourage kind and civil discourse among “organizations and individuals” as the Denver Public Schools searches for a new superintendent. While Mr. Schoales is entitled to speak for his organization of five total employees, Mr. Roman is not. The executive committee of DCTA as well as the DCTA Board of Directors were never notified of such a plan and did not discuss such a broken partnership aimed at squelching the voices of stakeholders in the search for the next leader of Denver schools.
The Caucus of Today’s Teachers, and the educators and community partners we work with, vehemently rebuke the statement issued by these two men and encourage community stakeholders to continue to fight by any means necessary for power and voice throughout the search for a new Denver Public Schools superintendent.
Mr. Roman has spoken well out of turn.
To the students, families and stakeholders of DPS, let us apologize for this undemocratic and oppressive mistake in our name. We stand behind you, we stand with you, and will fight together.
The Caucus of Today’s Teachers encourages our democratically elected president to consult with members before forming major partnerships or releasing statements that potentially undermine community organizing efforts.