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Completely agree with Cindra's comments about Bennett and the GOP school board. Although Douglas County is clearly a republican stronghold, I hope that even those who support the GOP will seriously consider the damage this board has caused and vote for change.
William Bennett, former Secretary of Education, was paid $50,000 by the Douglas County Education Foundation, a non-profit, 501 c(3) fundraising arm created for the students of Douglas County School District (DCSD). Not surprisingly, Secretary Bennett’s paper is portrayed as a factual, well-researched analysis of the “game-changing” reforms taking place in DCSD. In fact, the paper is hardly factual and lacks the academic rigor that we would expect from our Douglas County students, let alone, a former Secretary of Education.
Mr. Bennett’s white paper clearly illustrates a lack of understanding of the District’s controversial Choice Scholarship Program (CSP) as he lumps all choice options under this umbrella. He uses the example of eDCSD as part of the CSP. The choice of eDCSD was submitted and approved by the State of Colorado in 2008. The only new choice added by the current Board of Education and Superintendent is the CSP which is tied up in litigation and has yet to be implemented.
Secondly, Secretary Bennett labels the District’s teacher evaluation plan as 21st century standards that are above that of the State mandated Common Core, yet the evaluation plan on the District website ultimately defines the standards via a link to the State’s Common Core standards.
Additionally, Bennett discusses the “remarkable amount of collegiality or comity” and how involved the community has been in everything the district is doing. Reality is quite the contrary. The BOE spends 49% of public meeting time behind closed doors and has refused to conduct employee and parent surveys,. The most recent survey, conducted during the 2011/2012 school year indicated that employee satisfaction dropped from 89% satisfied in 2008 to 14% in 2012. Similarly, parent satisfaction dropped from 79% satisfied in 2009 to 34% satisfied in 2012. With such poor results, the District chose to invalidate that survey and has chosen not to conduct one since.
Mr. Bennett’s white paper is blatantly inaccurate, painting a rosy picture of a school district in steep decline. Worse, though, is Secretary Bennett’s lack of transparency and ethics in that he chose not to disclose that he was paid handsomely for his services.
Furthermore, the ethics of the DCEF Board must be questioned. Mr. Bennett’s services were undoubtedly political in nature. With Doug Benevento, an incumbent DCSD Board member and candidate for re-election, sitting on the DCEF Board, the $50,000 expenditure does not pass the smell test.
Corey McNellis was a two-time Colorado wrestling champion at Ponderosa. His older brother Chris was the Mustangs' first-ever state champ.
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