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Cindy's comments to the Board of Education

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:53

TFPE President, Cindy Barnard, addressed the Douglas County Board of Education on July 17, 2012.  Here are her comments:

At last month's board meeting I discussed the deficit in the Legal Defense Fund. Since that time I have discovered that the information on the Financial Transparency website is inaccurate.  Journal entry adjustments and re-classes are not reflected on the Transparency site.  To access accurate information, I was instructed to submit an open records request, the response was incomplete.

Support our work!

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 14:00

Our amazing legal team recently sent us a bill for $5000 for the work they have done thus far on the voucher case. This bill is only a fraction of the thousands of dollars of out of pocket expenses Faegre Baker Daniels has paid on our behalf and none of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees that they have donated. Compare this to the over $900,000 the district has been charged on defense and development of the voucher program. Say thanks to our fantastic attorneys and support our work by making a donation today!

Legal Update: Answer Briefs and Amicus Curiae filed on July 13, 2012

on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:29

The answer briefs have been filed in the Court of Appeals! Taxpayers for Public Education and the Larue Plaintiffs have each filed a brief. And more good news: our efforts have been joined by several national organizations who have filed friend of the court briefs opposing the voucher program. The American Association of School Administrators, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Federation of Teachers all filed briefs asking the Court to uphold the decision striking down the voucher program.

The TFPE brief asks that the Court of Appeals confirm the trial court’s decision to enjoin

Parent Survey Results

on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 05:07

The results from the Parent Survey have been released. The district feels they are  "Inconclusive due to insufficient response rate" as evidenced by the bold red lettering stamped across every page.  We are not sure why it was decided that that the results were inconclusive because of insufficient responses. What would a sufficient number be?

The results are clear to us - the vast majority of parents are happy with their children's schools and curricula. They like their children's teachers and school administrators.  They believe there is "choice" within the district (#54).

Motion filed in support of permanent injunction

on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 04:48

We are happy to report that the Legal Center for People With Disabilities and Older People have filed an amicus curiae in support of the permanent injunction issued last August.  They believe that  "The District Court was correct in its issuance of a permanent injunction against the Choice Scholarship Program. That decision should be upheld."

Read the briefs by clicking the links below:

Motion of Amicus Curiae from the Legal Center for People With Disabilities and Older People for Leave to Participate in Support of Appellees' Answer Brief

Answer Brief of Amicus Curiae, the Legal Center for

Legal Update

on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 04:55

STATUS OF APPEAL: The Court of Appeals has given TFPE and the other Appellees an extension of time until July 13, 2012 to file their briefs. You may have heard some ungrounded grousing about this on another FB page, so we thought we should set the record straight. There is no cause to complain about extension of time granted to the Appellees (the Larue and Taxpayers plaintiffs) in the voucher case to file their appellate briefs, because the extension was very reasonable under the circumstances – and even with the extension, the Appellees had months less time to write their briefs than the

Questions that need to be answered

on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 22:57

Update:  Cindy's questions have finally been answered!

In April, the district reported that it had received a donation of $200,000 that covered the deficit in the Legal Defense Fund.    The donation came from the Walton Family Foundation,  a supporter of voucher programs.  In our April 24th newsletter, we asked that you boycott Wal-Mart and associated companies.

In May, we were given the news that the 1.1 million dollars that was being  held in the charter school account for the voucher programs was unencumbered as of April 20, 2012.  At that time, the district also reported that only 4

The Legality of the Voucher Program

on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 18:54

The DCSD voucher program is indeed illegal and unconstitutional.

There’s been some discussion lately among supporters of the DCSD voucher program as to whether it’s appropriate to call the voucher program “illegal” and “unconstitutional.” The clear answer is: yes, it is accurate to call the voucher program “illegal” and “unconstitutional” because, as the law currently stands, the voucher program is illegal and unconstitutional.

The trial court decision held that the DCSD voucher program violates six separate provisions of the Colorado Constitution and the Public School Finance Act.

What We Stand For

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 00:53

Some of you may have seen the rather shrill email blasts that GCDC has sent out in the last week, ripping (among others) the TFPE website, a TFPE board member and the successful TFPE suit to stop the unconstitutional voucher program.  We have no desire to get into a mud-slinging match with GCDC or with anyone else, so we will simply take this as an opportunity to reaffirm some of our guiding principles:

-  We support strong public education in Douglas County and the state of Colorado.

Board of Education Meeting Tuesday

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 00:28

The Board of Education will be meeting publicly for the first since the community forum in January.  We encourage you to stay involved and informed . Please plan to attend the meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at the DCSD  Admin Building, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock. Click here to view the agenda.

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