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Two years ago....

on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 01:39

Two years have passed since District Judge Michael Martinez granted a permanent injunction that stopped the Douglas County School District (DCSD) voucher program from moving forward. 

The DCSD appealed the decision and sadly the appellate court overturned the district court decision. We have appealed the appellate court decision. The Colorado Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear the case.

While the voucher program is tied up in the courts, the DCSD Board of Education and Superintendent have continued to push unnecessary reforms into our neighborhood schools. These reforms have been ill-defined and poorly executed leading to reduced funding to our schools, a steep downturn in employee morale, and an uprising in the community against the Board of Education. 

The actions of the Douglas County Board of Education have divided our community. Rather than listening to the public they are elected to serve, the Board  has taken the approach of ratcheting up the spin by increasing the District communication department from one director to three and hiring a news reporter and two individuals whose prior career have been public relations work for political campaigns. Why does a once high performing school district need to spend precious dollars on a public relations campaign, leaving our children to suffer the consequences of politically motivated policies driven by organizations outside our community? 

The good news is that the downward spiral of our public schools can be stopped. We simply must elect school board directors who believe in the value of public education. Four seats on the Douglas County Board of Education are up for election this coming fall. School board director is by law, a non-partisan elected position. After the 2009 school board election, politics became more important than the education of our kids. Let’s turn the tide and bring the 'public' back into our public schools!

Please visit our website – taxpayersforpubliceducation.org – later this summer for information on the candidates.

Thank you for your continued support.

 
Cindy Barnard,
President, Taxpayers for Public Education