Carson says incident was result of misunderstanding
Douglas County School Board President John Carson
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oneside, you've got it backwards. Parents did not hold one-sided meetings "then turn around" and accuse the board of doing it. The board has been ignoring parent input for years. House parties were born out of the squelching of dissenting views by the Board and district upper admin. They control board meetings, where public comment may be allowed, but dissenting views are belittled and mocked. They control telephone town halls, where questions are danced around and go unanswered. They control what goes out through district email, and they control the DCSD facebook page, where people posting dissenting views have had their comments blocked. They have the money to bombard the public with robocalls, push polls, TV commercials, print ads, door-to-door interns and paid social media ads. Parent-led house parties are conducted by unpaid volunteers, because it's one of the few ways to make our voices heard without the financial backing that the board has. But now the BoE and their supporters want to control those, too.
Additionally, teachers often attend these house parties, and fear for their job security if upper administration finds out. Parents and other community members want to hear from teachers about how best teaching practices are being pushed aside for more testing and busywork required by this Board and superintendent. We want to hear from them why employee morale is at an all-time low. We won't let the Board's need for control get in our way of speaking to our friends and neighbors, and providing a little bit of balance against the enormous propaganda machine that the board and their outside supporters have in place.
It's interesting that these parents want to hold on-sided meetings then turn around and accuse the boards of doing it (albeit, on half the time!). Why don't you suck it up, parents, and invite one or two board members to your meetings and have at it with them. You mean to tell me one board member can "intimidate" you? It seems pretty apparent, if you feel that easily intimidated then you aren't to certain of the position upon which you want to stand. Your the same folks that want me to pay for public education when none of my children have ever attended public school. They don't and there's a reason why - I don't want my kids hanging around other kids that have grown up being indoctrinated with weak and faulty ideals like their parents!!!
Just to clarify, our group is aiming to elect 4 new board members who are pro-public education. Not people who have political agendas and mean to turn the education system in Douglas County into a for profit industry.
We see these as the main issues plaguing Douglas County Public Schools today:
Outside Influences and Lack of TransparencyWe lost local control in 2009 when a group of candidates ran as a slate for the Douglas County Board of Education. The bulk of the campaign funding for these individuals came from wealthy donors outside of Douglas County, and politics became more important than education. A second slate ran in 2011, further ceding control of our district to outside interests with a majority of campaign financing again coming from individuals who do not live in Douglas County. This adult political agenda is not meeting the needs of our kids or our community.
According to the Colorado Sunshine Law, Board of Education meetings are supposed to be open to the public, yet the current Board conducts nearly 50% of its meetings behind closed doors in Executive Session. By contrast, in 2009 the Douglas County Board of Education spent only 8% of its meeting time in Executive Session. This has created mistrust from the community and a concern over the lack of transparency from our elected officials.
Mismanagement of Tax DollarsThe Board of Education and district administration have mismanaged YOUR tax dollars through improper budgeting. The district budget was millions of dollars off last year, which caused unnecessary cuts to the high school budgets. Because of these cuts, half of our high school aged children are now part time students. Meanwhile, millions of dollars sit in a bank, not being used for our kids. The Douglas County School District used to be rated “Accredited with Distinction” by the Colorado Department of Educa- tion, but this rating was lost in 2010 and has not been recovered. Surround- ing districts have maintained their distinction ratings.
Teacher’s Work Environment = Student’s Learning EnvironmentDouglas County School District used to be the destination district for teachers. The creative work environment and collaborative atmosphere made ours the top school district in the State. Sadly, things have changed. The current BOE and district administra- tion encourage competition over collaboration, force incomplete and ill-defined programs, and punish employees for simply asking questions. They have turned DCSD into the district to leave, and many have. We can do better.
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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