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My Recent Comments
Re: Director Larsen's proposal limiting public comment to agenda items during board meetings.
1. In principle, I believe limiting public comment by topic at board meetings has a squelching effect on public input, as well as furthering the appearance that the school board is primarily interested in controlling any message.
2. Community forums have been promised in the past few years and never materialized.
3. Such a move appears counterproductive to his stated goal to "mend the rift," where I believe the burden is on elected officials to show good faith. One issue where the community was able to come together in the past was the objection to reducing the time allotted to public comment.4 weeks ago
I don't mind an honest debate about the direction of the school district with members of our community. I also recognize that larger organizations sometimes provide support to homegrown causes. But the reform movement in Douglas County gives cause to wonder whether it was driven by residents or sold to them, starting with vouchers, as evidenced by the following links:
3 months ago
Although it doesn't say so in the article, it was my understanding these young men don't live or go to school in Douglas County. Hearing this did not surprise me, considering the small band of Marriot counter-protesters were also not residents and the majority of funding for the voucher legal fund, the incessant district advertising campaign, and the seated school board's campaigns in prior elections were from sources outside our community.3 months ago