Advocacy group Movimiento Poder asks to join news organizations’ lawsuit seeking disclosure of DPS board executive session

Movimiento Poder, a grassroots advocacy organization of Denver parents and students, asked Thursday to join in a lawsuit six news organizations filed against Denver Public Schools last week seeking the recording of a five-hour board of education executive session held the day after a shooting at East High School.


Latino advocacy group urges DPS to reconsider cops in schools

Movimiento Poder said bringing officers into schools on a permanent basis would lead to criminalization of students of color.

DENVER — When Denver Public Schools releases the second draft of its new safety plan Friday, a longtime advocacy group within the city’s Latino community will demand it remove provisions to allow armed police officers into the district’s schools.

Following the shooting of two deans at Denver’s East High School in March, Superintendent Alex Marrero returned Denver Police (DPD) officers to the city’s high schools — in violation of a Board of Education order.

As school resource officers return to DPS campuses, concerns that led to their removal remain

In June 2020, the school board unanimously voted to pull them out following the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed. 

While DPS School Board members have decided to put them back in schools for now, some are calling for a broader look at student safety.

“To the extent we reduce this conversation to one single action we are not doing our kids justice,” said Denver Councilwoman Robin Kniech. She represents the entire city and is chair of the Safety Committee.

The issues around security are both professional and personal as she has a son headed into a DPS high school in the fall. 

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