In this post, Jeanne Kaplan tells the 15-year story of “reform” in Denver, which has recently been lauded by Betsy Devos and the Learning Policy Institute at Stanford University as a stellar example of school choice.

She describes how the board was persuaded to choose an insider when Michael Bennett stepped aside to join the U.S. Senate, in order to cover up a shady financial transaction. Kaplan was a member of the school board at the time that Tom Boasberg replaced Michael Bennett.

Now, she says, the board has only one candidate–an insider–to keep the shell game of choice going without asking questions about outcomes for students.