The Denver Public Schools Board of Education is considering placing a middle school inside Abraham Lincoln High School. However, many students at Lincoln oppose the middle school and are calling on DPS School Board to Fix Lincoln First.
Students, teachers, and community members are holding a rally today, October 12th, at Civic Center Park Downtown, at 4:45pm. People will be speaking out at a public comment about why they oppose a middle school in Lincoln High School. Although it is too late to sign up to give a public comment, you can show your support by simply attending the rally, or signing this petition.
Padres y Jovenes Unidos also supports this campaign and has been helping students organize and get their voices heard.
Check out more information on the potential merge, and why students oppose it, from Padres y Jovenes Unidos.
"Hey DPS Lancers are speaking - why aren’t you listening? No middle school at Lincoln high school! #Fix Lincoln First by keeping #OneLincoln
The School District (DPS) wants to break up Lincoln HS
• Wants to pack in 300 more middle school students with 1400 Lancers by placing a new middle school at the Lincoln Campus
• Has one plan to give the whole third floor of the building to a middle school
• Will force students to split use of the already crowded gym and cafeteria
• Will allow a charter school to replace traditional ALHS
Lincoln students, teachers and community members are opposed
• 96% of Lincoln students are opposed (636 students were surveyed)
• Lincoln teachers feel their ability to make sure all students are getting a good education is being put at risk—and students agree
• Community members and small businesses are supporting Lincoln students and teachers to keep #OneLincoln
Fix Lincoln First
• Lack of space and resources at Lincoln are already a problem.
• There are not enough textbooks or copied packets in every class.
• Many teachers don’t have their own classroom and teach from carts.
• The proposed middle school remodeling funds should be used to invest in fixing Lincoln first.
Lancer Pride! Lincoln is moving in a good direction
• Lincoln has been a traditional high school since 1959.
• For many years, Lincoln has been a low-performing school—but a new principal, dedicated teachers, and empowered students are making a difference.
• This year’s student population is already larger than the 1,364 they projected at the beginning of the year.
DPS is betting against Lincoln—this is a setup!
• DPS says that Lincoln is “declining” and that it knows Lincoln’s population will keep shrinking. Why?
• Two middle school candidates say they want to have grades 6-12 at Lincoln—that’s a middle school and a high school! Both of these candidates are charters.
What we, as students, parents, teachers, and community members demand of DPS:
• No middle school at Lincoln!
• Keep Lincoln a traditional high school!
• Fix Lincoln first—students need textbooks & computers, fix the lunchroom problems, fix the classroom shortage!
• Give Principal Irvin and Lincoln teachers the resources and support so Lincoln thrives!"
Posted by Haley DiRenzo