The closure of schools has been a moral travesty. However, not all schools and school leaders have kowtowed to school employee union pressure and failed to properly serve our kids for most of the last year. In Colorado, there are some standout leaders who deserve recognition for doing what’s right, for doing what our kids need by offering safe, in-person learning.

 

One such leader is Mike Miles, who runs a network of high-quality public charter schools in Aurora and Colorado Springs that managed to stay open all last fall and even offer in-person learning last summer, while many schools in Colorado kept their doors closed.

 

Miles has been vocal in arguing for others to follow the path of his schools and do what’s right by kids. And he has done so by making an important point that seems to have been entirely lost by leaders in our education system — schools provide an essential service to our communities.

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