New Tim Hernández Protest Targets Denver Public Schools Board

5/19/2022 5:49:00 PM

A student organizer says the problem is district-wide.

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Looks like Denver Public Schools poured gasoline on a fire.

A student organizer says the problem is district-wide.

 — would quell outrage among students, their families and community members, they were wrong. And this time around, DPS is the unmistakable target of frustration over the situation.A new walkout is scheduled for 10 a.m. today, May 19, and is expected to include students from additional schools upset about the dearth of BIPOC teachers within the Denver school system. The destination of the march, which is set to begin at Viking Park, 2801 West 29th Avenue, is the

Emily Griffithcampus at 1860 Lincoln Street, where DPS's offices are located."We're going to demand a meeting — and demand that Mr. Hernández get his job back," says Nayeli López, one of the rally's student organizers. Later today, Hernández supporters plan to return to the location to attend a

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Naw, you are insane. Timothy is a white Spanish kid, appropriating indigenous culture for his own gain. He claims to be BIPOC, but he's very clearly not. He's just another Spanish colonialist exploiting a culture that is not his. This guy is using students as political pawns....that alone should disqualify the Groomer from teaching. Thank you DPS for protecting our students from being taken advantage of by Perpetual Victims like Tim.

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North High School  — would quell outrage among students, their families and community members, they were wrong.Students work at laptops on their desks at Chapa Middle School in Kyle on Aug.| May 18, 2022 at 7:15 a.| The Denver Post May 17, 2022 at 6:00 a.

And this time around, DPS is the unmistakable target of frustration over the situation. A new walkout is scheduled for 10 a. Credit: Sign up for The Brief , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.m. As the 303 and 720 area codes are expected to run out by the beginning of the summer, the 983 area code will be assigned to new phone numbers shortly. today, May 19, and is expected to include students from additional schools upset about the dearth of BIPOC teachers within the Denver school system. It’s the latest big step toward normalcy for the state’s 8,866 public schools — which includes 782 charter schools — since the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures in early 2020. The destination of the march, which is set to begin at Viking Park, 2801 West 29th Avenue, is the Emily Griffith campus at 1860 Lincoln Street, where DPS's offices are located. “We felt we needed to have a voice and a unified voice.

"We're going to demand a meeting — and demand that Mr. For this year only, schools will receive an A-C rating. Colorado is also gaining an eighth congressional seat in the 2022 elections, marking population growth in the centennial state. Hernández get his job back," says Nayeli López, one of the rally's student organizers. Later today, Hernández supporters plan to return to the location to attend a  scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p. Schools who fall in those bottom tiers will also evade possible sanctions from the Texas Education Agency during the 2022-2023 school year.m., with a public-comments opportunity set for 5:45 p. Last year, students had the option to take the STAAR test and results were not held against them or the district. Related Articles.

m."We're going to let them know this problem is about more than Mr. But when the coronavirus began appearing in the United States more than two years ago, schools were shut down and as a result, standardized testing school testing was canceled for the year. Hernández," she notes."This is district-wide. Schools and districts are graded on three criteria: student achievement, student progress and how well the school is closing its learning gaps." This opinion is shared by Rachel Haecker, executive director of the .

 "The majority of students in Denver are students of color, and more than 50 percent of them are Latino," she told Westword  earlier this week. Students are tested on different subjects: reading, math, science and social students."But the percentage of Latino teachers doesn't come close to that. I think it was around 18 percent of educators at the beginning of the school year, and I'm pretty certain that number has shrunk, because we lost a lot of teachers this year for various reasons. “There is extensive evidence that the process of setting reasonable goals for schools and publicly reporting on progress towards those goals improves the kinds of academic supports our students receive. And whenever we lose a teacher of color, it means fewer teachers in the classroom that students in a minority group can identify with." Hernández declined to comment on today's rally, but before the May 13 demonstration, he went into detail about his time at North. Also, schools that relied more heavily on online class instruction had students who scored significantly lower than those school that were able to open and offer in-person instruction.

He was hired as a traditional teacher in January 2021 and quickly became a student favorite, he said, but at the end of his first year, he was told the school didn't have enough money to pay his salary — so he was encouraged to apply for a one-year associate position,"where the government pays for half of it and the school pays for half of it." As this term was nearing its conclusion, he applied for one of several open teaching positions at North, but was told afterward that he hadn't been hired for any of them because of a subpar interview — an excuse he didn't buy, since he'd successfully interviewed at the school twice in the previous eighteen months. Even though the rating system has been changed this year, not everyone is a fan of the school rating system to begin with. Instead, Hernández said, he believes that he was bounced because"I openly challenge my principal on issues of equity and anti-racism." A graphic with details about the May 19 protest. Seguin, along with other districts, had teachers and substitutes out with COVID-19 during the omicron surge this past winter. Special to Westword North High School Principal Scott Wolf won't talk about specific employees.

But in a statement to CBS4 Denver, he said:"Through an equitable process that is the same for all candidates, the hiring committee conducts interviews, reviews applicant materials, and ultimately hires the candidate they believe is best suited to meet the needs of the position. “You had situations where you were combining classrooms and having really creative staffing, so it's not optimal for learning." What hasn't been mentioned in most coverage of the Hernández matter is that Wolf won't be returning to North High School next year — and the decision was made well before the current controversy. In a statement to Denver North Star  published on March 14, Wolf said:"I am choosing to step away from North after nine years because I believe that North has never been about me, but it has always been about the people — the students, the staff, and the community — and I am confident in the foundation that has been laid for North to continue to shine. He said if a district scored an F in 2019 and then a D this school year, that district won’t get credit for that progress." According to López, around this time, she was among a group of students who told Wolf about their concerns regarding other BIPOC teachers leaving North."It was sometime in mid-March, I think, and we met with Mr. “Teaching people how to test is frankly a completely worthless skill,” Exter said.

Wolf, the vice principal and some administrators," she recalls."And they said the same words over and over again: 'I'm here for you. “The STAAR test administration is cumbersome and time-consuming,” Zeph Capo, president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers, said earlier this year in a written statement. I hear you. I'm listening.” Disclosure: Association of Texas Professional Educators has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.' But if the administration was listening, we wouldn't be where we're at right now.

It seems like every time we speak out, they do something worse. Find a complete." The decision to put Hernández on administrative leave for the remainder of the academic year"has made students a hundred times more frustrated," López maintains."That's why we're walking out. We have our voices pushed aside, no matter how loud we are. The school always says they're inclusive and stuff like that, but if they were inclusive, we wouldn't have so many teachers stepping down because of racial trauma.

" As for Hernández's departure, she says,"It's displacing kids from their safe person. Mr. Hernández is someone I can talk to, a trusted adult. And with all this stuff happening, it's not just me losing a teacher. It's me losing my trusted adult.

" The lack of faith in both DPS and North's administration was a major motivating factor behind the latest rally, says López, who calls it"an emergency walkout, because I honestly feel like it's an emergency. Kids are upset, and so am I. As a Chicana who grew up on the north side, Mr. Hernández is someone who fully represented me — and he was one of the only teachers in my entire education with DPS that did." Click for more information about today's .