The highly contested race continues in the Douglas County School district with eyes across the state and the country on what happens in the next few weeks.
Though school board elections are not intended to be political in nature this one has certainly taken on the ugliness that was pervasive during the last two presidential elections with angry words being exchanged, friendships collapsing and defacing of election signs on private property. (See the photo slide show)
Adding to the bizarre election were "The Grinches" who have appeared to disrupt showings of "The Reformers" on a few occasions including this one where they banged on drums and shook tambourines in an attempt to drown out speakers that had come for the event. The Douglas County Sheriff's office was called to remove them
Brian Malone a Castle Rock Colorado native, has produced a documentary film titled "The Reformers - The True Cost You Are Paying for Education Reform."
Disguised as school choice, for-profit interests are using politics, fear and expensive advertising to change what has been a great public school system for more than 50 years. Their goal is to tap into Douglas County School’s $500-million annual budget to add to their bottom line. Great for business. But good for your child’s future.
"The Reformer" Dates
Wednesday October 16 - 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
10035 Peoria St Parker, CO 80134
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
Perry Park Country Club
7047 Perry Park Blvd.
Larkspur, CO 80118
Perry Park Country Club “The Reformers” & DCSD Board Candidates Meet & Greet
Meet the Candidates
October 17, 2013 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Perry Park Country Club
7047 Perry Park Boulevard
October 20, 2013 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Franktown Fire Station – Candidate Forum
1959 N State Highway 83
Franktown, CO 80116
The Douglas County Republicans have alienated many of their constituents with postings on their Facebook page showing photos of cars that are painted with "the new four" being mocked. (See the photo slide show) Both sides of the equation have been reported to be cutting people off in traffic and using inappropriate hand gestures to one another while driving the usually polite streets of Parker, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Pines, Sedalia and Franktown. This is a horrible example for the young minds we hope to educate in Douglas County, both sides need to check their behavior if they want to effectively communicate the reasons for their choices in his important school boar election.
Douglas County teachers are not happy as witnessed by the video's posted from many teachers who have left the district and Brenda Smith, president of the Douglas County Federation of Teachers (click video icon.) She spoke about an employee survey showing steep drops in morale at a Jan. 17, 2012 school board community forum at Sierra Middle School in Parker.
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.
More school board election resources to explore:
- "The Reformers" Facebook page
- Douglas County GOP Facebook page
- School Board candidates debate video
- Multiple video's of teachers exit interviews that left Douglas County under the current school board.
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
Please be informed and then vote. For the latest happenings in Douglas County Colorado please subscribe and follow us on Twitter @ParkerColorado.