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PHNEE has been hard at work over the past several months.  In addition to planning future events for the kids from our elementary schools, and continuing our series of articles in the Greater Park Hill News, our policy group has been engaged in learning journeys with principals, teachers, parents and people who live in the neighborhood, but choose a school outside the neighborhood.  Through those journeys, we have learned a tremendous amount, and have tried to encapsulate that in the video below.  Now, we need your help to discuss what we can do about it.  
Imagine One Park Hill

PHNEE has spent the past two years working to understand the ways inequity is created and sustained in our schools.  While there are many, complicated factors involved, with the help of, we created this video to highlight what we see as the major challenges:

1 - School capacities and boundaries aren't aligned 
2 - School choice has unintended consequences
3 - The school rating system (SPF) is flawed
4 - School funding is based on enrollment

We hope this video provides a starting point for conversations about solutions.  To that end, we are planning a number of community engagement sessions over the next several months to discuss these issues  We also have created a form, where anyone can give feedback.  With what we learn from these sessions, we are hoping to come up with creative, community driven, solutions to ensure that each of our schools is able to provide the type of education our kids deserve.

Please visit to find a session.  If you'd like us to come to an event you are already hosting, or you just want to gather some friends, we are happy to send someone to help facilitate a conversation and gather feedback.  If you know of an organization we should be speaking to just send us an email and let us know.  

PHNEE with Brother Jeff
PHNEE Co-Chair, Andrew Lefkowits, was honored to be invited to be on Brother Jeff's show to discuss the video.  If you didn't get a chance to tune in, you can watch it here.  Thanks to Brother Jeff for helping to spread the word.  
We PHNEE'd To Talk in GPHN
If you don't read the Greater Park Hill News, you may have missed our monthly column written by PHNEE member, Erin Pier.  She has tackled many issues that directly affect equity in our schools.  From defining equity, to the impacts of toxic stress on kids, to standardized tests, to the impact on Hallett Academy of not having a boundary, to the impacts of implicit bias in our classrooms.  

These articles have been a valuable addition to the conversation about equity in Park Hill schools and we encourage you to read them, share them, and let us know what you think.  What else should we cover in these columns?  
 PHNEE Co-Chairs, James Roy and Andrew Lefkowits, were invited to be on KGNU's Metro program.  We sat down with host, Rae Solomon to discuss PHNEE and the challenges facing Park Hill's elementary schools.  You can listen to the full interview here.  
What we're reading:
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones on the legacy of court ordered desegregation
  • Matt Gonzales on a framework for integration rooted in racial justice
  • Lisa Raymond-Tolan on how her child not getting into the school she wanted made her confront the ways she had been hoarding opportunity.
  • Laura Meckler on the ways a community much like Park Hill has been trying to tackle race for 60 years with mixed results.  
  • Meg Wingerter on the current levels of segregation in DPS
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