FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2022
Adams 14 Educators Shocked by State Board Vote
Committed to District-TNTP management consultants partnership
COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – In a surprise move, yesterday the State Board of Education voted to start a reorganization process for Adams 14, just a month after voting for the district to co-govern with a partial manager. The audience at yesterday’s vote was sparse, while so many Adams County residents attended the April meeting, spectators spilled into the overflow room.
“Educators, students and families are stunned that the State Board of Education voted to reverse last month’s decision to support the innovation and partial management plans put forth by the district and supported by the community,” said Jason Malmberg, a music teacher and School District 14 Classroom Teachers Association president. “Even though we’re furious that the State Board continues to jerk us all around, we want to be clear that teachers are committed to not just finishing the school year strong for our students, but also collaborating with Dr. Loria, the district, our community and others to advance the future of Adams 14 schools.
The Adams 14 district has been in constant turmoil since the State Board of Education forced a private for-profit management partner on them, an expensive and failed experiment that left staff, students, parents and community members demoralized and frustrated. Last month’s district proposal for co-partner management status outlined that district staff, educators, students and families would come together to build community schools to provide the wraparound services that are proven to lead to greater student well-being and academic growth.
“The Commerce City community has communicated loud and clear that they want a collaborative school design process that prioritizes the needs and strengths of the community, and we all feel confused and heartbroken about the Board’s vote,” said Lacey Mueller-Taschdjian, a middle school math teacher in the district. “No matter what we look like, where we live or how much we have in our wallets, we all want exceptional public schools that inspire imagination, cultivate critical thinking and encourage collaboration to ensure our children can live fulfilling lives – and the innovation plan for Central Elementary and a community school to open in the fall will help get us there.”
The Adams 14 community has a strong sense of community pride, with multiple generations in families having attended from its local schools. Many students will continue this legacy when they graduate at commencement on May 21, 2022.
“I grew up in a working class minority family, just like the kids in my class. These students are at risk of losing the opportunity to earn a seal of biliteracy, a valuable certification that attests to their language abilities,” said Derene Armelin, an Adams 14 elementary school teacher and Adams 14 graduate. “It looks to me like the State Board of Education is unfairly discriminating against this community based on their income and skin color since I have never seen them challenge and disrespect a white, male superintendent like they have Dr. Loria.”
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The School District 14 Classroom Teachers Association represents Adams 14 educators and is a local of the Colorado Education Association, Colorado’s largest labor union. The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve, in every neighborhood across the state.