Kilgore for School Board
Denver School Board Director (District 4) in CO http://www.rogerkilgore.com/
2963 Ash St.
Public Phone Number: 303-333-1408
Public Email: [email protected]
Primary Election Date: 2013-06-11 General Election Date: 2013-11-05
Who am I?
My mother taught K-8th grade in a one-room school house in Nebraska. I am the first in family to graduate from College and I now have a Masters degree in Engineering. The public school system served me well and I want to see it continue to serve our children as it did for me.
I have been a volunteer, a mentor, tutor for english language learners and taught at the college level. I currently am the Co-chair for the School Improvement and Accountability Council and I am also a member of the Bond Oversight Committee for Denver Public Schools.
Why am I running?
Denver Public Schools has seen an increase in the achievement gap between minorities and white students. There has also been an increase in the remediation rates at the college level for graduates of DPS. The top down style of corporate reform has not worked for the past several years. We need authentic community engagement with our parents, teachers, administration and the Board.
The focus on standardized tests has not served our school system and it has ignored subjects that do not get tested but provide enrichment and encourages students to stay in school.
The current administration's approach to relies too heavily on charter schools and is on the road to privatization which will mean less accountability to parents and taxpayers.
30 years ago my wife and I helped found a summer program for inner city children through our church in Washington D.C. and I have been active in public edication ever since. It was at this time that I realized the improtance of neighborhood schools and that providing a solid education for all children was a matter of social justice. These children did not have access to choice programs or magnet schools, they had to rely on the school closest to them.
I also have published on my website my list of contributors more than a month before the filing deadline of October 15th. I believe in being transparent when it comes to who is funding my campaign and think this is the best course of action for the Denver Public Schools as well. Parents and taxpayers have to know that we are using their tax dollars effectively.
My DFA Values
Closing the achievement gap is priority number one. We have to examine policies that have worked in the past and spread then to other schools. We also need to identify the root causes of the problems in various schools and move to address those. A significant factor is parental engagement. When parents are engaged in their children's education the children succeed.
Remediation rates have risen in the schools. There are several courses of action that can be taken and it will call for a mixture of these depending on what will work best for a particualr school. Increased tutoring and or mentoring. Longer school days or a longer school year to prevent the summer slide is may also be called for. We also need to retain our high quality teachers and give them the support they need.
Third would be to recruit teachers of color. Kids will respond better to a teacher that looks like them and understands their background and the challenges they face.
My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign is a grassroots campaign powered by volunteers. I have a list of about forty people that I have relied on heavily from all over the district. I draw heavily on their experience since there is a wide range of communities in my district. We have the full range of socio-economic strata in this district so cookie cutter policies will not suffice. I have pledged to bring school board meetings into the district to make it easier for people to attend and an increase in the accountability and transparency that has been a hallmark of my campaign.
I have engaged with the Black Minister Alliance of Denver and visited several of their churches at the invitation of the Pastors. I have also attended community groups picnics/bbq's, their townhalls and monthly meetings. I am working closely with the Denver classroom Teacher's Association and the Denver Area Labor Federation.