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The Thrasher Group

Williamson Shriver Architects

McKinley Architects & Engineers

February 12, 2016 — Volume 36 Issue 5

Colorado Public Radio (2/10, Brundin) reports on the Highlands Micro School to be established as a “one-room school house” in Denver’s Highland neighborhood. It will be housed in a “modest duplex” and led initially by teacher Susan Calkin who will be the sole teacher, though there are plans to have four eventually.


“A man who cannot reason is a fool, a man who will not reason is a bigot, and a man who dare not reason is a slave.” – Sir William Drummond of Logiealmond (ca. 1770–1828), Scottish diplomat and Member of Parliament, poet and philosopher. His book Academical Questions (1805) is arguably important in the development of the ideas of English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly.


“I’m asking and I’m pleading once again to this committee, to this legislative body, please let’s do this in a thoughtful, deliberate manner that does not further put disruption into an educational system that I have been hired to work with all of you collaboratively to improve.” – Supt. Michael Martirano, speaking to the House Education Committee against an anti-Common Core bill

“These kinds of shifts in education have to be done artfully. They have to be done with a surgeon’s precision. They can’t be done with a lumberjack’s hatchet and just abolish a set of standards on one day and expect for a full level of implementation in several months.” – Supt. Michael Martirano

“I’m having a little difficulty understanding where the logic is for that because we’re already working under a set of standards. Our teachers and staffs already are trained. It’s going to cost us some money to retool any way you look at it for next year.” – Delegate Joe Statler on a provision to shift back to 2010 standards for one year before switching to newly developed standards

“We do have a problem with this for sure, and I don’t want to go backwards. If you came and talked to the teachers of Wood County, they would tell you, if we went back to 2010, we would lose rigor.” – Christie Willis, director of curriculum instruction for the Wood County schools, on the bill to change state standards

“What I’m telling you is that there isn’t a state who has repealed Common Core that has done good standards.” – Erin Tuttle of the American Principles Project, an anti-Common Core organization

“Now, in some counties, the cost of high-acuity, special-needs students is consuming about 2 percent of the instructional budget. It doesn’t sound like a big percentage, but it’s a lot of money when you look at the five or six additional people they could hire for serving the general student population because that money is being consumed by providing special services to those high-cost, high-acuity students.” – Dave Mohr, counsel to the House Education Committee, explaining legislation designed to help districts pay for such students.