The dark money backers of Jeffco’s Terrible Trio must be looking back on the last two months with mixed emotions.
On one hand, their WNW minions followed the DougCo-inspired game plan and wreaked further damage on JeffCo and its’ students by
- imposing a ‘rule by decree’ teacher comp plan;
- changed a ‘review’ of Brad Miller into a quick ‘renewal’ of his contract;
- lavished praise on the applications of two new Charter schools, one with such a flawed application that it kept referring to JeffCo as “Douglas County”, and the other which appears to be a puppet of an extreme religiously-oriented college from Michigan;
- getting rid of Lori Gillis, the independent CFO, making it easier to ‘massage’ the numbers.
On the other hand, over 1,000 JeffCo students from 16 different JeffCo High Schools garnered international attention and praise for protesting Julie Williams’ heavy handed motion to censor their AP U.S. History course, and in doing so, helped wake up JeffCo’s parents, students, business community, and concerned citizens.
The impact of this is still growing and spreading.
We suspect that Witt, Newkirk, Miller, McMinimee, and their hidden backers must of have been wishing they could muzzle Julie Williams. It was, after all, her surprisingly open and honest espousal of the WNW vision for JeffCo’s curriculum that woke up the students.
Materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights. Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”
(from the last paragraph of Williams’s original proposal)
In short, political indoctrination of our students, an action so reprehensible, so contrary to our history, so anti-American, that even their best spin doctors could not hide its horrific intent.
After the students walked out, WNW pushed through a fake ‘compromise’ that had no input from the rest of the Board and completely ignored the impassioned pleas from almost 100 students, parents, and JeffCo citizens. The censorship committee was effectively approved, with only the honest reasons for it being omitted.
But the damage had been done.
The students’ response…and the response of our country and the world to the actions of our students, helped us all to remember two key lessons of American History.
First, there is always someone who feels it is their divine right to force their beliefs on the rest us.
Second, that it is only by uniting and fighting them together, that can they be defeated.
WNW finally was confronted with an issue that they had not planned on, nor had a scripted response to.
Fundamentally, WNW showed that they are not flexible, nor in-tune with the public. Their very responses, calling our students “pawns“, saying they did not want to raise “little rebels“, and trying to paint the issue as a just ‘labor dispute’ showed how little imagination or true concern they have for the District and its students.
Even their media supporters at FOX News showed their tone-deafness when they called our students “punks”.
Now our students wear with pride shirts and buttons proclaiming them to be ‘rebels’ and ‘knights not pawns’ and that Fox called them ‘Punks’. So do many JeffCo parents and residents.
Since then, WNW has done everything it can to divert attention away from their Censorship Committee and their hatred of AP courses.
Along the way, they have continued to blunder about. Three state senatorial campaigns photoshopped a picture of the students protesting and then improperly used the JeffCo School logo in a campaign mailer. First Witt, and then Williams were caught not complying with CORA requests. Letters to the Board continue to go unanswered weeks after they were sent. They failed to assuage the League of Women Voters who issued a letter saying that the JeffCo Board has a ‘governance problem‘.
WNW and their backers have also continued to try and paint the students as ‘pawns’ of evil teachers, dropped hints at refusing to negotiate a contract with JCEA, and just this last week, have let hints come out that they want to change the mountain school area of JeffCo (Conifer, Evergreen, etc.) to a four-day school week.
In short, they are all but begging us to trumpet these things from the tree-tops.
Why? Because they will do anything to take the public’s attention away from their censorship and indoctrination agenda.
Do not get us wrong! All of those things are terrible, and they just add to the list of awful, wasteful, and destructive actions they have committed in just 11 months. But the public reaction to those atrocities is something for which they have a set of pre-planned responses. Their maskirovkas for those outrages are well honed and ready.
But it is the reaction to the open proposal of Julie Williams to censor course material and indoctrinate blind obedience into our students for which they have no pre-planned response.
For Julie Williams has revealed to everyone what they truly are and what they truly believe.
And they are desperate to hide that.
So, for the next 30 days or so, we expect them to actually accelerate their outrageous actions. We expect a rubber stamp for at least one (if not both) of the badly flawed Charter School applications. We expect them to launch even more tight restrictions and punitive actions on the teachers and students who oppose them. We expect them to try and spin JeffCo’s success with students into sounding as if we have the worst district in the state, instead of the best. We expect them to blast the teachers with manipulated statistics, innuendo, and misleading statements. We expect them to try to sound as if they are reasonable when they commit the most unreasonable acts.
We also expect them to try and quietly load the new Censorship Committee with their partisans who will go off to find ‘horrible’ things being taught to our students. We expect them to begin the process of belittling and demonizing the AP courses and then begin talking up alternatives involving Colorado Christian University. We also expect them to try and hide these actions from the public behind their other outrages.
What can we do?
The first and most important action is to vote in this election. The second most important is to get everyone you know to vote as well.
If you are not sure who to vote for, you can check Support Jeffco Kids list of endorsements.
Even WNW is not immune to public pressure (although they are very resistant to it). There are several candidates for several different offices who openly support and praise WNW.
What if they all lost?
That would be a body blow to WNW. No longer could they pretend they had a mandate. No longer could they look for political cover when they take horrific actions. Those among them with political ambitions (Witt & Newkirk) might actually think twice about their chances on their present course.
Then, after the election, we need to continue to put pressure on them and other elected officials. We also need to keep the news media focused on the JeffCo School Board. And the best way to do that is to show up at every Board meeting, in force.
We then need everyone to step forward and begin building the organizations that will eventually wrest control of our District away from the WNW extremists.
Below is a list of organizations already working to do just that.
Organizations that can help you make even a bigger difference!
- Support Jeffco Kids. “SJK” is a 501(c)4 organization, and so can accept donations and engage in political activities. It has worked hard at organizing opposition to WNW policies in the community, and they seem to be one of the key groups. You can join their mailing list here, and donate here.
Jeffco Exodus – What they are (from their ‘About us’ page):
Gathering facts, Sharing stories
Jeffco Exodus is a community network focused on two primary activities:
Gathering and sharing factual information to raise awareness
Sharing teacher, staff and family stories of exodus from Jeffco
We’re hoping to have two or more volunteers in every Jeffco school – neighborhood, option and charter – to establish a communications network through which we can share factual information. Jeffco has a problem – the new School Board Majority. But not enough people in Jeffco understand the issues. We want to raise community awareness.”
Jeffco Exodus is run entirely by Jeffco parents and is in no way affiliated with any professional associations or other formal organizations.
Who they are looking for (volunteers):
Parents with children in JeffCo schools. “We hope to have at least two people at every Jeffco school who can quickly disseminate factual information we will share.”
Ways to contact them:
- Citizens For Responsible Education is focused on reaching out to those in JeffCo who do not have a direct connection to the school district. Their mission is to help those citizens realize that the fate of JeffCo’s schools, students, and teachers directly impacts their business, their jobs, their home values, and them.
- Your local PTA. Even if you do not have a child in school, your local PTA can use your help and input. Michelle Patterson, the President of JeffCo PTA, gave a blistering speech to WNW at the meeting. What ever happens, the JeffCo PTA will be in the thick of things. Either contact your local school or the County PTA here: JeffCo PTA Volunteers.
- Jeffco Students For Change is a group of students representing most or all of Jefferson County’s high schools that have gotten together to add their voice to the public outcry against the WNW deconstruction of their schools. If nothing else, go and ‘Like’ their page. These are students we all should be very proud of!
Join. Volunteer. Donate.
If you find yourself hesitating, if you find yourself unsure, ask yourself these three questions:
- If not here, then where?
- If not now, then when?
- If not me, then who?
Come. Together we WILL make a difference!
Because we will…
Fight Together, Jeffco!