Although the results are not yet official, it looks like education reform is here to stay in Douglas County. After a highly contested race that captured the nation’s attention, the four pro-reform candidates were victorious. This isn’t just a victory for those four candidates, it is a victory for parents and students who will undoubtedly benefit from the positive changes the Board of Education has and will continue to put forth.
I have written a lot about the amazing things happening in the Douglas County School District, but you may have noticed that during this contentious school board race I haven't written much. I have been covering the race for RevealingPolitics.com, so you can check out my writing there.
But, tomorrow is a big day - Election Day! We will see if people believe in the successful reforms of the current BoE in Douglas County that have made it the most interesting school district in the country, or if they've bought into the false narrative of the union-endorsed candidates that the reforms aren't working.
Parents are often concerned with their children’s safety when not in their care. Schools should be a place for children to learn without worrying about safety issues. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last December, Douglas County School District (DCSD) decided to review their safety plan and make any necessary improvements to further ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors.
Douglas County School District (DCSD) is "retaining teachers like a colander retains water." That was actually tweeted by KUSA-9News reporter, Kyle Clark in an effort to tease the station's story from Education reporter, Nelson Garcia.
Garcia spoke with two teachers, who also happen to be union members, who said they are leaving the district because they are fed up with the central administration. In particular, they are mad that teachers didn't have more involvement in the development of the new evaluation system. Read more from The Colorado Observer here.
Criticism of the reform-minded Douglas County School District (DCSD) is nothing new. However, one outspoken parent, Trisha McCombs, took to Twitter to personally attack Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen last week for not attending every high school graduation ceremony. Read the full story from The Colorado Observer here.
Differences of opinion on major policy issues is understandable and may even be expected for a school district like Douglas County that has put forth innovative reforms that have sparked controversy.
I graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in History (minor in Political Science) and the University of Wyoming with a Master of Public Administration. I am an experienced copywriter and content manager. I am also a former intern/research associate for the Education Policy Center at the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado and have previously blogged for National School Choice Week.