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Week Of Special Interest 06/09/21
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By La Voz Staff
06/09/2021
Alex Marrero voted in as Superintendent of DPS

The Denver Board of Education voted Thursday to appoint Dr. Alex Marrero as the next superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS). Dr. Marrero’s first official day as the leader of Colorado’s largest school district is July 6.

The appointment comes after a nationwide search and months of community engagement that involved input and feedback from students, parents, staff and community members. Dr. Marrero comes to DPS from the City School District of New Rochelle, NY, where he is serving as interim superintendent, and brings a decade of experience as a practitioner in the New York City Department of Education, the nation’s largest and most diverse school system. Dr. Marrero also brings with him the lived experience of being an English-language learner as a student.

“Never would I have imagined that the son of an immigrant mother and refugee father, who was expected to be another statistic in the quest for the American dream, can now lead a nationally top-performing school district to continue to raise the bar for all students, and to eliminate any opportunity gaps between identifiable groups of students,” Dr. Marrero said.

Interim Superintendent Dwight Jones will continue to lead DPS until Dr. Marrero’s official start.

“We are deeply thankful to Dwight Jones for his steadfast leadership and spirit of collaboration throughout these unprecedented times,” said Carrie Olson, Board President. “We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated in this collaborative search process. We appreciate your time, energy, passion and partnership, and we look forward to continuing our work with you to ensure that Dr. Marrero is supported to succeed in his leadership of the district.”

How machines may help Veterans

The Departement of Veterans Affairs accepted a donation of 50 iBOT personal Mobility Devices from Mobius Mobility LLC, May 27 to help Veterans with spinal cord injuries regain their autonomy. The iBOT PMD increases the user’s mobility by allowing them to independently elevate, interact at eye-level, climb stairs and cross various terrains.

As part of the “Operation Mobility Tour” kickoff, Acting VA Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Carolyn Clancy, M.D. welcomed the first donation at the VA East Orange Medical Center from Dean Kamen, inventor of the iBOT PMD and president of DEKA Research and Development. An iBOT was donated to the center’s Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders Center as well as the first Veteran recipient.

Our Government

White House


Memorandum for the Secretary of State: “As President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense, the authority to submit to the Congress the reports required by section 1217(c) of Public Law 116-283 on verification and compliance regarding the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan Between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America.”

Colorado Governor

Governor Polis announced the winner of the first $1 million Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing. Sally Sliger, a healthcare worker and current resident of Mead in Weld County, is the first vaccinated Coloradan to win the drawing.

“Congratulations to Sally who is the first Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing winner. Overnight Sally instantly became a millionaire just for getting the lifesaving COVID vaccine,” said Governor Polis.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock nominated Phil Washington to be the next CEO of Denver International Airport (DEN). Pending City Council approval, Washington will take over from current CEO Kim Day, who will be retiring in July after 13 years leading the airport. Washington most recently headed up metro Denver’s Regional Transportation District. “Given the important role the airport must play in our post-pandemic recovery, and with the departure of Kim, our airport needs a leader who can step into this space and hit the ground running without missing a beat,” Mayor Hancock said.

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