IB-2013-D (July 2013)
Author: Ben DeGrow
Northern Colorado’s Greeley Public Schools serves a challenging population of nearly 20,000 enrolled students. Receiving nearly $9,000 per student, the district has achieved unacceptable academic results–including low performance on state assessment tests, high remediation rate for graduates, and a decline in the district’s accreditation rating.
Elected school district leaders, accountable to parents and taxpayers, should be set free to craft bold plans that can turn around the district’s struggling academic record and make it a successful model. The Board of Education should consider a number of innovative and fiscally responsible strategies. Leaders in Greeley Public Schools face a timely opportunity to transform the educational approach, to successfully reimagine learning and the surrounding systems and infrastructure.