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(CNN) -- "I have a crazy idea": Those five words changed a simple meeting of school officials into the realization of Kim Ursetta's dream.
Kim Ursetta leads her kindergarten class at Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy in Denver, Colorado.
1 of 5 Ursetta, then president of a local teachers' union, blurted out those words 18 months ago during a meeting in the office of Denver, Colorado's, schools superintendent.
The other officials in the room leaned in as Ursetta leaped into a sales pitch that would turn an ordinary day into a highlight of her career.
"I want to start a new kind of school," she said, a union-sponsored public school led by teachers, not a principal.