Sign the petition!

Sign this petition

Sign this petition

The reason for this post is twofold:

1) My previous post had Liz’s face placed way too prominently on my blog…it was a bit off-putting to new visitors.

2) You need to sign this very important petition. It’s very basic and makes such sense…no matter what “side of the aisle” you are on. The official wording states:

In Colorado, school director elections are nonpartisan and an essential role of school boards is to provide local control over public education. As an elected official, we would like to provide you an opportunity to hear from parents prior to endorsing or promoting any Douglas County school board candidates. It is essential that parents have a voice in determining the direction of our school district, and we are concerned that partisan politics may distort the perspective of the very people our district is here to serve: Douglas County families. We welcome and encourage you to attend a parent forum to hear first hand from active parent leaders in Douglas County.

My (personal) translation: “Yo, elected official…take a breath, don’t automatically be a ‘yes man’ to your political party when it comes to endorsing school board candidates! Check your calendar and be open for a discussion with engaged, informed, and wicked-smart parents in Douglas County. We’re just asking you to listen to us…please!”

SIGN THE PETITION HERE. THANK YOU!

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Vocabulary Test for the DCSD School Board

This week it occurred to me that maybe the members of the DCSD Board of Education need a little bit of a vocabulary lesson…

notrespassingTRESPASS
tres·pass
/ˈtrespəs/
Verb
Enter the owner’s land or property without permission.
Noun
A voluntary wrongful act against the person or property of another, esp. unlawful entry to a person’s land or property without their permission.

(reference: School Board President accused of crashing meeting; A parent’s open letter)

HUBRIS
hu·bris
/ˈ(h)yo͞obris/
Noun
Excessive pride or self-confidence.

(reference: See any Board of Education meeting; See a classic “Williams-ism”; This)

NARCISSISM
nar·cis·sism
/ˈnärsəˌsizəm/
Noun
Extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration.

(reference: Again, see any Board of Education meeting, especially when Benevento is in attendance; This )

IGNORE
ig·nore
/igˈnôr/
Verb
Refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally.
Fail to consider (something significant).

Synonyms
disregard – neglect – slight

(reference: This, This)

HYPOCRISY
hy·poc·ri·sy
/hiˈpäkrisē/
Noun
The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

(reference: The last four freakin’ years of this regime.)

Guest Post: An Open Letter to John Carson and the Douglas County School Board

The invitation to the private house party.

The invitation to the private house party.

Your audacity astounds me. Over the past few months, several of you have attempted to attend house parties put on by concerned parents, when you were clearly NOT invited. Last night, you sunk to a new low when Mr. Carson entered a private home – without an invitation – and proceeded to intimidate people into giving him time to present an opposing point of view.

As you are all well aware, many parents in this district are not happy with your actions. We are concerned about mismanagement of our tax dollars. We are concerned at the loss of experienced, quality teachers. We are concerned about the loss of academic distinction in our schools. And mostly, we are concerned about how all of this is affecting our kids.

Parents have tried to work with you. For years, many of us have attended and spoken at your meetings. We attended and spoke at DAC meetings. We met in small groups with district personnel on a variety of issues. Instead of respectfully acknowledging our concerns, even if you disagreed, you have berated, belittled, and lectured us. As you’re all so fond of saying, you are a publicly elected body, yet your meetings are private, with 50% of them occurring behind closed doors.

It’s very telling that you and the district leadership continue to accuse us, the parents, of spreading misinformation, yet when we ask for specifics on what is incorrect, you are silent. Rather than bully and intimidate your way into private homes, perhaps you should work to mend the broken relationships you created in this district and allow public input back into our schools. In other words, when you invite us to your “party,” we’ll invite you to ours.

Signed,
Laura Welch
Parent of 2 kids in DCSD