DSA Denver produces a new video for our campaign

Have you seen the new video that was independently produced by the Democratic Socialists of America: Denver? Continue reading

Don't believe the hype about "vote splitting"

There is a growing community of principled dissenters from the status quo of Denver Public Schools, who are calling for a more progressive way to run our district.  They all want the promise of a good education to be intact for this generation's students, and the next, and the next... So it's understandable that they would be looking for a progressive champion to protect the common good that manifests in our classrooms.  There has been a worry articulated out there that some voters with a progressive bent are concerned about vote splitting between myself and my male opponent.   Continue reading

Julie on the right way to assess student progress

October 12 was a brand-new experience for me, in my very first televised (not sports-related) appearance.  Denver 8 TV graciously produced a candidate forum, and I got to field a question from my opponent, Barbara O'Brien, on how to gauge student progress without standardized testing. Continue reading

Julie speaks to youth leaders of DPS

Julie had the honor of speaking with a contingent of young DPS leaders of color, from the Student Board of Education (SBOE) and Young African American and Latinx Leaders (YAALL) all-candidate forum. Our students care, they are engaged, and they want to learn more about people vying to be in a position to make decisions about their future.   Continue reading

Who is entitled to run?

They tell me that as campaign season approaches its final lap, people get a little irrational, and last Saturday was evidence of that. After a forum in northwest Denver over the past weekend, a supporter of one of my opponents accosted me. She insisted that I should step down from the race, that I was taking votes away from her (male) candidate, and that the pro-public education side needed a win. She actually called me the Ralph Nader of the school board race! This is not the first time this has happened to me, as people get passionate about the candidates they support. But I think it’s necessary for me to address this attitude of entitlement that some fans of my competition seem to have.   With one of my favorite English learner protectors, former board member Arturo Jiménez (center) Continue reading

The difference between me and the competition

The campaign produced a quick video to address the question I hear sometimes, "Julie, how are you different from your competition?"   Continue reading

Colorado Latino Forum endorsement

I am honored to have received the endorsement of the Colorado Latino Forum today.  I thought I would share my answers to their comprehensive questionnaire, because these topics are not usually discussed in the general discourse around public education. Continue reading

Chalkbeat: I do not consent

Recently, Chalkbeat (a local education policy online publication) sent me a questionnaire that included questions about my positions about certain education-related issues, but more ominously, asked for my date of birth so that they could collect a "background check." Continue reading

DACA and DCTA: Struggles for justice

The last couple of weeks was lively and filled with happenings that will keep us all on our toes, especially in fighting for what is simply conscientious for all our brothers and sisters:  1) Securing a respectful Denver Classroom Teacher Association’s (DCTA) Master contract and, 2) Preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  These two subjects are near and dear to my heart. Continue reading

Endorsements and what's next

My life as a union teacher has had its ups and downs, but one of the extreme joys of the experience has been in the deep, lasting friendships I have built with colleagues and mentors during my years at DPS. Continue reading