Will They Ever Learn?

The neighborhood recognizes what it stands to lose. Last month Mayor Wellington Webb pleaded with the DPS board, saying that moving Mitchell Montessori out of northeast Denver would send a "horrible" signal to the community. But the board dismissed Webb's suggestions, just as it has dismissed other alternatives suggested by Mitchell supporters, and decided to move the Montessori program to southwest Denver--to Denison, a building too small to hold even Mitchell's current enrollment, and a move even board members admit was expensive.

Says Castellano, "They're destroying a community to build a neighborhood."
Behind her, infants are learning to put away their toys, and the toddlers are doing what Montessori instructors call "purposeful work." The kids could teach DPS board members a thing or two.

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