There are still many undecided voters in the Douglas County School District who are working to wade through the accusations and ascertain who represents what we as parents, grandparents and tax payers believe to be in the best interest of the kids and future generations education. Just because Douglas County continues to be one of the top school districts in the state and even in the country, we are still in horrific shape compared to the rest of the world.
Students at the high school level are now receiving less education hours than in the past forcing teachers to change curriculum and still try to teach what needs to be taught in less time and with less money.
A teacher in the Douglas County School district told us "off the record" about their struggles with the current board and their request that I not use their name as others who have spoken out against the "old 4" have lost their jobs. They said that approximately 8 hours of instructional time was cut last year when the school board decided to go to the “6 of 8” schedule at all high schools (this decision was not made by teachers and school buildings as is often reported in the press). The new schedule means I see my students about 10 class periods less per school year (or about 3 weeks in high school terms). It has had a huge impact on how I must adapt for my classes.
This is not the only person that has told me they are afraid to speak up against the current board because they are worried about repercussions.
Mike Rosen had this to say on his Denver Post article "Dougco parents are caught in the middle of a political war. On one side are vested union interests and their long-favored political party, the Democrats who empower them. On the other is an incumbent Republican school-board majority that's replaced the educratic model with innovative, quality education replete with choices and responsive to parents and students as customers, not captives."
The problem with this viewpoint is that hundreds of Republican teachers are in support of the "new 4" as they are being called on social media, so party lines in this particular school board election don't seem to make sense.
"Documentary filmmaker, Brian Malone, along with his wife and producer Cindy Malone, methodically uncover the systemic and secretive takeover by wealthy businessmen and corporations of public education across the country, cloaking their true motives with catchy slogans like ‘SCHOOL CHOICE, WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION and 21st CENTURY LEARNING’. Malone digs into the hidden world of the giant education industry whose proponents see dollar signs in the trillions, waiting on the sidelines for new public school ‘markets’ to open up."
Malone draws on the fallout from “A Nation At Risk” and “No Child Left Behind” to demonstrate how the ‘spin’ of a ‘failing’ American public education system has set the stage for the privatization of public education. The Reformers movie is being shown at various times between now and the election. You can see the "Reformers Official Trailer" here.
The current DCSB supporters answered this movie with this website attacking Malone and states,
"Democrats and school union groups across the state of Colorado are hosting viewings of an ersatz documentary by liberal activist, Brian Malone. The film, titled "The Reformers" is both an extended-cut anti-school reform campaign ad and an attack piece which portrays the conservative Douglas County Colorado School Board DCSB as cruel, uncaring bullies who are enraging parents, harming students, and driving away teachers in droves.
"The Reformers" comes off like an overwrought whinefest built on emotional testimonies by liberal activists and angry union members, but with little actual data supporting the assertion that the DCSB is destroying Dougco schools."
You should judge for yourself by coming to one of the screenings scheduled.
When: October 16, 2013
Showings at 5 and 7 p.m.
10035 Peoria St Parker, CO 80134
Community members are encouraged to bring their mail in ballots and join the public group 'Vote In" at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to the Perry Park Country Club “The Reformers” and DCSD Board Candidates Meet and Greet
The public is invited to meet and greet the candidates here:
October 14 6:30 p.m.
League of Women Voters
Eastridge Rec Center
9568 University Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO
More info: 303 346-4496
October 20 6:30 p.m.
Coffee For Conservatives
Are you registered to vote in Douglas County Colorado? To vote in the 2013 coordinated election, register online by Monday, October 28 or in person at your county’s election office or a voter service and polling center through election day.
This is a mail-in only ballot election
Ballots will be mailed October 15, 2013
Election Date November 5, 2013
Residents will get to cast one vote for a director in each open district. Districts up for election this year: B, D, E, G.
The Colorado Community Newspaper has also written several articles about this election listed and linked below:
- School foundation’s role in campaign questioned
- Government has guidelines for nonprofit activity
- Expanded school communications come with a cost
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