Colorado Advisory Committee to the

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights


Public School Attendance Zones in Colorado

The Colorado Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has been undertaking a study on Public School Attendance Zones in Colorado. This will be the Committee’s first in-person briefing on the topic, following three virtual briefings previously held on the issue. The committee hopes to develop findings and recommendations for a subsequent report to be submitted to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The Colorado Committee is looking at public school attendance zones in the state. Traditionally, school districts create attendance zones around each physical school building. These zones provide children who reside in that zone an absolute right or a substantial advantage to attend that school. Nationally, over 80 percent of public-school students attend the school to which they are assigned based on residence. The Committee is looking at whether school districts draw or gerrymander attendance zones and if there are any civil rights implications of doing so.

“The Advisory Committee is examining whether public school attendance zones increase segregation,” said Chair Alvina Earnhart. “In Colorado, schools in the Denver area rank above average in most measures of segregation by race and among the most segregated by income. And this remains true despite over a decade of working toward integrated public school attendance zones.”

Members of the public will be invited to speak during an open comment session at the end of the briefing. Members of the public are encouraged to share their experiences and perspectives on public school attendance zones in Colorado.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MT


Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Meredith Richards

Associate Professor of Education Policy and Leadership, Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MT


Tim DeRoche

Founder, Available to ALL

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

3:00 am - 5:00 pm MT


Tomás Monarrez, Senior Research Associate, Center on Education Data and Policy, Urban Institute

Jude Schwalbach, Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation

Monday, May 15, 2023

9:30 am - 4:30 pm MT

University of Colorado-Boulder

School of Law | Wolf Law Building

Whittmyer Courtroom | 2450 Kittredge Loop Dr | Boulder, CO 80305

Brenda Dickhoner

President and CEO, Ready Colorado

Dr. Tom I. Romero II, Associate Professor of Law & Affiliated Faculty, Department of History, Sturm College of Law

Kathy GebhardtPresident, Board of Education, Boulder School District

Nicholas Martinez

Executive Director, 50CAN

Deborah Hendrix, Executive Director, Parents Challenge in Colorado Springs


Dr. Antwan Jefferson, Associate Dean and Professor, University of Colorado

Damon Brown, Deputy Superintendent, Mapleton Public School District

Brian Eschbacher, Founder,

Eschbacher Consulting LLC

Vernon Jones Jr., Executive Partner, FaithBridge

For media inquiries, please contact:

Barbara Delaviez, Designated Federal Officer

[email protected]

(202) 539-8246

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