Landri Taylor, head of the Denver Urban League and a key player in the Far Northeast school turnaround, will represent northeast Denver’s District 4 on the Denver school board.
"I feel elated," Taylor said. "I’m prepared. I was prepared weeks ago. There’s no time to waste. I am excited to jump right in and move the ball forward."
Taylor pledged to view any issue through one lens: Does it actually impact the achievement
of kids in the classroom? "If I’m only on the board for the next few months or next few years, that is my number one objective. The number one human rights issue, in this community and this county, is to eliminate the achievement gap. This gives me the additional platform to push forward on."
Under state law the board had 60 days to fill the vacancy. That period ended Sunday without board agreement, giving Seawell the power to pick the new member. Seawell’s decision ended two months of collecting applications from people interested in serving on the board, lengthy interviews with applicants and continuing controversy on the board and in the community over who should fill the seat.
Article courtesy of Julie Poppen, EdNews Colorado EdNewsColorado.org