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I signed the petition below. This project is a horrible idea. It really reeks of Town Council trying to leave a legacy. And it just came out that this project is going to be more "outlet" style shopping with all kinds of restrictions for current Castle Rock retailers not being able to move for nearly ten years. So, please Town Council and Alberta, let us know what retailers are even interested in opening a storefront in this development? Are we destined to have mass empty shops for years and the promised tax revenue is nowhere to be found?
Why can't we focus on keeping Castle Rock small and quaint and put our efforts into developing a thriving and unique downtown with shopping and make that a destination? Every other suburb around has gigantic vanilla shopping centers and we don't need the same here. 2 weeks ago
Thor, thanks for you response. I do apologize if I personally offended you as that was not my intention. I did read the article carefully and I did check my facts. I'm not sure where the 10-1 outspending is coming from. You are correct that the incumbents did receive more contributions and nearly 90% from outside Douglas County. However, as I alluded to in my first comment, there was no mention of the huge sums of money collected and spent by AFT in this race. It was just colored in the article as local people trying to do something grassroots. There's no doubt that this was a major grassroots movement but let's also acknowledge the quarter million dollars spent by the Union. It's misleading and dishonest.
As for the complaining about market based pay, "Verone said the market-based pay system, which sets salaries based on subject matter, has caused resentment among teachers". That appears to me to be whining about what subject a teacher specializes in and how well they practice their craft. I have no doubt the overwhelming majority of teachers do it because they love what they do. It's not a career that typically results in achieving financial wealth so obviously there are other factors involved. However, we have to recognize the group of teachers who put in minimal effort and the kids suffer because of this. I'm a product of public schools in Southern California and for every great teacher, I had another who'd hand out worksheets and then proceed to kick his/her feet up on the desk and read the paper. A market based pay system will weed these teachers out and I'm sure many of them are fearful for their livelihood. Yourself, a Japanese teacher and I am sure a great teacher, wouldn't you stand to gain from a market driven system like this in the end? I can appreciate a poorly executed roll out of the system and maybe the Board failed there but the basis for the program I believe will provide a better education for my young children in the long run.
And as for my comment about the People's Republic of California, it's a sarcastic remark aimed at the glorious trajectory California is on. It's a liberal stronghold with many grand ideas, no money to pay for it and horrible results to show for the programs they've instituted to "help" people. Just check the astonishing graduation rates for LAUSD.
I purposely moved my family to Douglas County not only for the quality of life but for the school district and their willingness to challenge the status quo.
And Laura, not being sarcastic, but what does tradition in a school community have to do with educating children? I don't believe longevity as you mentioned in the district has any bearing on the quality of education offered. The current board was elected and re-elected for a reason and obviously a majority of the people believe the district needed fresh ideas. And I am by no means a shill for the Republican Party. I'm not even registered as a Republican. I would love for you to expand on what the real issues are. 3 weeks ago
So let me understand this correctly... the teachers are upset because their salaries are now based on how well they teach? How unfair. And if you teach a difficult subject you might get paid more versus teaching something like PE? Outrageous. Also, you have to outperform your fellow colleagues to get higher compensation? Inconceivable.
I also love the commentary by the author about the "Republican-endorsed reform slate while the opposition was "largely supported by community groups". Why no mention of the huge money thrown around by unions and other liberal Democratic groups? No slanting the article there right?
Stop whining, do your job, earn your money or leave. There are plenty of other teachers who'd love to live in Douglas County and not be beholden to union idiocy. I'm sure there's tons of open positions in the People's Republic of California.
3 weeks ago
Fantastic news. Castle Rock does not need to become Highlands Ranch South. That project had numerous issues from traffic, school crowding, water issues let alone just the destruction of the open space.
They need to focus on continuing to revitalize the downtown area. We don't need more mega shopping centers!3 months ago