11/17 WNW, Due Diligence, & Racism – Monday Do List – BOE Meeting Prep

I love Julie cakeApparently some people up in Evergreen thought that the last few months had been very rough on Witt, Newkirk, Williams, and McMinimee.  

To cheer them up, a group of them got together and threw a little event last Monday night (Nov 10th) at The Barn in Evergreen, complete with a cake!

Who were these thoughtful supporters?  The listed sponsors included six Tea Parties, five Republican groups, Jeffco Conservatives, Jeffco Students First, and the American Freedom Party.

The American Freedom Party?  Who are they?

A quick look at Wikipedia brought us to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s entry on the American Freedom Party:

The American Freedom Party (formerly American Third Position) is a political party initially established by racist Southern California skinheads that aims to deport immigrants and return the United States to white rule. The group is now led by a coterie of prominent white nationalists, including corporate lawyer William D. Johnson, virulent anti-Semite Kevin MacDonald and white nationalist radio host James Edwards. David Duke’s former right-hand man, Jamie Kelso, helps with organizing. The party has big plans to run candidates nationwide.”

The last paragraph of their analysis states that the American Freedom Party…

attempts to appeal to a perhaps more independent or Libertarian demographic, in addition to white nationalists…. Its mission statement is where a mention of the AFP’s true leanings occurs. Toward the bottom…it states that it is a party ‘that represents the interests of White Americans and all Americans who support our interests.’”

All of this raises a number of questions, but the biggest one is,

Why did Witt, Newkirk, Williams, McMinimee, the principals of Conifer, Evergreen, and  D’Evelyn high schools, the principal of Ft. Collins Liberty Commons charter school, and Sheila Atwell of Jeffco Students First agree to attend a meeting sponsored, in part, by a white supremacist party?

The first reaction is, maybe they didn’t know?

But that raises the question of:

Didn’t they check the sponsorship list before they agreed to attend?

The list of sponsoring groups is right there on the flyer.

11.10.2014ETPEducationnighteventflyerThe flyer was posted on the My Mountain Town website.  Why didn’t someone check?

What kind of message does it send when the leadership of Jefferson County Public Schools attend a blatantly partisan rally that lists a white supremacist political party as one of its sponsors? A simple check of the American Freedom Party website should have been enough to have every one of the Jeffco officials refusing or canceling immediately.  Certainly even Ken Witt (who is on record as disliking the word ‘diversity’) is not so politically tone-deaf to knowingly attend an event sponsored by a racist hate group.

Why did not anyone check?!

Another possible explanation is that maybe it is simply a mistake.  People who were there say that all the sponsors had posters up indicating their sponsorship. There was no American Freedom Party poster…but there was an Americans For Prosperity poster.  The original flyer does not show American For Prosperity, but they had a poster.  The flyer does shows American Freedom Party, but they did not have a poster.  They both, apparently, go by the initials of “AFP”, so…a simple mistake?

Okay.  That is possible.

But that still leaves unanswered the question:

Didn’t McMinimee, Newkirk, Williams, Witt, and the rest at least check the list of sponsors on the flyer and website?  

It also raises another question:

How did someone working for the Evergreen group confuse Americans For Prosperity with American Freedom Party?

If that person saw “AFP” and did not know what it meant, how did they end up with American Freedom Party?  And why didn’t someone else catch it?

If they did catch it, then why was nothing said about it (such as an apology) at the beginning of the event?

All of this raises strong concerns about the judgement of WNW, McMinimee, Sheila Atwell, and the school principals.  It also raises questions about just what Brad Miller is doing to earn his $90,000/year part-time salary as the “Board’s Attorney” if not to keep them from making this kind of mistake!

Newkirk, McMinimee, the Jeffco Principals, the founder of the newly approved Golden View Classical Academy, and Sheila Atwell showed up…and made no mention of any ‘error’.  As it turns out, perhaps due to the snow, Witt and Williams did not show up Monday night, but sent their regrets.

(Perhaps Mr. Miller earned a small amount of his $250/hr from the time he leaves his house in Colorado Springs, by stopping WNW from possibly violating the Colorado Open Meetings law and having the three of them meet up at the event?)

In addition to being, at best, incredibly careless, failing to do due diligence, absolutely sending the wrong message to our students, teachers, staff, and voters, this failure of judgment has done one more thing.  It gives us a new meaning for WNW:  

Who’s Not Wise….

 (7:00 a.m. update –  Since we published this post, two Jeffco parents have copied us on an email they have sent directly to the JeffCo invitees, e.g., Newkirk, Witt, Williams, McMinimee, Paxton, Alsup, Edwards, and Schuler.  Below is the text from their email with a link to the letter they enclosed.  We will publish the letter also directly on our Facebook link.

Dear Jeffco School Board members Mr. Newkirk, Mr. Witt and Ms. Williams, Jeffco Superintendent Mr. McMinimee, Jeffco high school principals Mr. Paxton (Conifer), Mr. Alsup (Evergreen) & Mr. Edwards (D’Evelyn), and Golden View Classical Academy Founder Derec Shuler (via the office of Tim Matlick – please forward):

Attached please find a letter from fellow Jeffco parent Tina Gurdikian and myself regarding your participation in a meeting co-sponsored by the American Freedom Party. We are anxious to hear your responses to our questions. Please send those to both tgurdikian@hotmail.com <mailto:tgurdikian@hotmail.com> and kellyjjj@me.com <mailto:kellyjjj@me.com> at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your timely attention to this matter.

Kelly Johnson & Tina Gurdikian
Jeffco Parents

Letter Regarding American Freedom Party)

Monday Do List:
We will keep this one short:

  1. Send an email to the Board (board@jeffco.k12.co.us) demanding to know why the District allowed representatives to attend a meeting where a listed sponsor is a white supremacist hate group.  Demand to know why Witt, Newkirk, and Williams agreed to attend.  Include in the email the fact that if it was a simple mistake why didn’t WNW, McMinimee, and the principals check the flyer and website before attending!  Also, why are they associating with people who can confuse a White Racist political party with the Koch billionaire-funded political money group?
  2. If you have not already volunteered to work against WNW’s deconstruction of JeffCo, go to our web page Groups Opposing WNW’s Agenda and choose a group to help!
  3. Do you want to know which of it’s own policies WNW is driving the Board to violate, check our new page “WNW Board Policy Violations”.
  4. Read the Meeting Prep for this Thursday’s Board Meeting.
  5. Plan on going to the Board Meeting!

BOE Thursday Meeting Prep:

When: Thursday November 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: 5th Floor Board Room, Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. 27, Golden
(If you cannot attend, please watch via live video stream at: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/10429076/events/3542310

Note:  This is a “Special” Meeting with a ‘Study/Dialogue’ focus.  As such, Witt, Newkirk, and Williams refuse to allow Public Comment.

Key Agenda Items
Agenda Item 2.01:  First Quarter Financial Report 2014-15
Type: Discussion, Information
PRESENTING STAFF: Kathleen Askelson, interim chief financial officer, Independent auditor, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, Members of the Financial Oversight Committee
PURPOSE: For the Board of Education to monitor the districtwide condition as outlined in Board executive limitation policies EL-5 Financial Planning and Budgeting and EL-6 Financial Administration. Staff will identify funds, departments and/or schools to monitor closely throughout the year.
BACKGROUND: In compliance with Board executive limitation policy EL-6 Financial Administration, the Board will meet to review and monitor quarterly financial reports.

Attachments: Sept 2014 Transmittal FINAL 1st Quarter.pdf (199 KB),1st QUARTER REPORT Sept 2014 with Appendix-view.pdf (2,737 KB), 2014 11 20 1st Qtr Financial Rept 2014-2015 Presentation.pdf (311 KB), CLA Report on Applying AUP 1st Qtr.pdf (43 KB)

Our Comments: If you do not have the time or the background to wade through the detailed financials, it is always worth reading the “Independent Accountant’s Report” from CliftonLarsonAllen.  In this one the things they paid attention to included:  

The current budget report does not include:

  • The new comp plan WNW rammed down the throats of JCEA without negotitations.
  • the Sol Vista and north Highway 93 growth areas will add up to 3,000 more elementary students and 6,000 overall students in the next few years (WNW seems to think the new charter school they approved – with a maximum capacity of 750, will handle this increase).
  • Mount Evans (the Outdoor Lab) will have significant repairs this quarter.

There is a current deficit of just under $3 million due to timing of property tax collections.

Yellow Flags have been given to:

  • Food Service Fund for higher food costs
  • Charter School Rocky Mountain Deaf School is borrowing $212k from the District while waiting for approval from CDE (Colorado Department of Education) for billing districts higher than normal rates for taking their students.
  • Mountain Phoenix is not borrowing right now, although it is approved for up to $250k.
  • Collegiate Academy is not borrowing right now (it is approved for up to $400k), but the project FTE (Full-Time Enrollment) growth (i.e., more students) did not happen.  Collegiate is counting on increased revenue from the mill levy override to cover the gap.

Other issues coming up include badly needed renovations, upgrades, improvements, and new schools, new technology roll-out, Special Education costs, Student Based Budgeting and Priority Based Budgeting.

Budgets are seen as dull, dry, and boring.  But it is where 90% of the actual building up or tearing down happens.  

Agenda Item 2.02:  Legislative Platform 2015
Type: Discussion
PRESENTING STAFF: Ed Bowditch, district lobbyist
PURPOSE: For the Board of Education to discuss its legislative priorities for the 2015 Colorado Legislative Session beginning in January 2015.
BACKGROUND: Annually, the Board prepares a statement of principles and priorities, its Legislative Platform.  This document provides direction to the district lobbyist in the absence of direct Board discussion on any legislative matter during the Legislative Session.

Additionally, before scheduling community engagement opportunities as a board with other local government elected officials, the Board of Education determined its Legislative Platform document should be finalized.

Attachments: Jeffco Legislative Platform 2014.pdf (61 KB), State BOE Draft Legislative Platform 2015.pdf (585 KB)

Our Comments: The school finance goals listed generally sound good, but to a large degree can be summed up as, “Give us more money.  Let us decide where to spend it.  Do not require us to do anything with it we do not like, especially when it comes to hiring and paying teachers.”

When it comes to charter schools, they want the state’s portion of funding to go to the District first, and to keep local school districts as the primary chartering agency.  No mention is made of the hot button issues of PARCC, Common Core, CMAS testing, or the testing regime in general.  It will be interesting to see what the discussion brings up.

Agenda Item 2.03:  2015/16 Budget Development Update and Board Budget Objectives and Priorities
Type: Discussion
PRESENTING STAFF: Kathleen Askelson, interim chief financial officer, Lorri Dugan, director of budget
PURPOSE: For the Board of Education to receive an update on the budget development process, timeline and objectives as well as information, as requested, on polling. Staff is requesting Board direction and input regarding next steps for moving forward with community engagement, approval of the budget objectives, and any specific Board budget priorities that can be incorporated into early 2015/2016 budget projections to be presented in December.
BACKGROUND: At the August 23, 2014, Board of Education meeting, staff presented recommendations for the 2015/16 budget development process. On September 4, 2014, the Board provided input and approved the budget development process and timeline. A component of that process was gathering community input on budgetary priorities. Staff engaged the services of Citizen Budget to develop the community engagement tool. Discussion of the community engagement tool was scheduled for the October 16, 2014, as per the approved timeline. Because discussion was moved from the October 16, 2014, Board of Education meeting and in preparation for input and revisions at the November 6, 2014, Board meeting, an overview of the engagement tool was provided to the Board on October 16 and draft questions were provided on October 24.

At the Board of Education meeting on November 6, 2014, the Board directed staff to provide information on polling. Following discussion of draft questions that were presented for the community engagement portion of the budget development process, the Board decided to have each Board member submit five questions for review and consideration. Staff ceased work with Citizen Budget on the development and implementation of the community engagement tool until further Board direction is provided.

Discussion will include information on budget objectives, polling, community engagement and the budget development process and timeline and Board direction on any specific Board budget priorities that can be identified at this time and incorporated as preliminary placeholders in the early projections scheduled for presentation in December.

Attachments: Budget Objectives pg 25.pdf (69 KB), 2015-16 Budget Development Timeline.pdf (507 KB), Budget questions.pdf (131 KB)

Our Comments: Here is where we can see some of the deconstruction that WNW is planning on for next year.  The Budget Objectives and Timeline documents are worth a quick look, but it is the proposed Budget questions document that needs to be gone over with a microscope.  The first two questions are not too alarming.  The third is a bit confusing.  The fourth is rigged question.

The fifth is where, if you have an interest in early childhood education, every alarm bell in your head ought to be going off at maximum volume.  In this question, the assault on the Free, Full Day Kindergarten (FFDK) program is renewed with additional misleading statements generated by the ‘minority’ of SPAC.

In this question, WNW is laying out its justification for cutting off the best chance the poorest students have of getting a good education.  We believe their motive, as we posted on September 13th, is to free up building space for charter school use.

This is a direct follow-up to Newkirk’s threat in June, to disband the entire FFDK program.

In our opinion, this is a travesty and an direct assault on the most vulnerable of our children.  It is unconscionable.

Questions #6 and #7 are “loaded” in a manner similar to question four, with manipulative words and phrasing trying to push the recipient in a particular direction.

Question #8 makes us wonder if Warren Tech existence has now become a target for WNW.  Why would this be the case?  Perhaps because Jeffco high schools often use classes at Warren Tech for students with an interest in STEM.  If Warren Tech is not there anymore, then a wider opening for a STEM charter school?  The question really is absurd on the face of it.  The cost of moving building trades education out of Warren and to the individual high schools would be huge.  It would require new facilities and additional teachers.  It would also potentially eliminate a number of classes where no one high school would have enough students for a class, but together, via Warren Tech, they do.

All in all, we give this “draft” document an “F” for “fake” and “failing”.

Agenda Item 2.04:  Choice Survey Findings
PRESENTING STAFF: Dr. Syna Morgan, chief academic officer, Dr. Heather MacGillivary, director, Assessment and Research, Mike Freeman, achievement director
PURPOSE: For the Board of Education to receive the results of the School Enrollment and Choice Research conducted late Summer and Fall of 2014.
BACKGROUND: The Choice Steering Committee met through Winter/Spring 2014 to advise the Board of Education. As part of their work, a subcommittee formed in May 2014 to design survey and focus group questions for parents.  The purpose of the research was to obtain parent feedback on the enrollment process as well as curricular and extracurricular offerings.  Focus groups occurred over the summer and the parent survey was conducted in September and October.

At the Board of Education meeting on November 6, 2014, the Board directed staff to provide information on polling. Following discussion of draft questions that were presented for the community engagement portion of the budget development process, the Board decided to have each Board member submit five questions for review and consideration. Staff ceased work with Citizen Budget on the development and implementation of the community engagement tool until further Board direction is provided.

Discussion will include information on budget objectives, polling, community engagement and the budget development process and timeline and Board direction on any specific Board budget priorities that can be identified at this time and incorporated as preliminary placeholders in the early projections scheduled for presentation in December.

Attachments: PRESENTATION SchoolEnrollment_Choice.pdf (1,441 KB), SchoolChoiceQuestions_20140828.pdf (535 KB)

Our Comments: If WNW were hoping for results that showed overwhelming support for more charter schools…they did not get it.  This will most likely not stop them from saying that there is, but the actual statistics do not bear them out.

There are some odd results.

The Hispanic community makes up 23% of Jeffco’s student population, but accounted for only 3% of the responses.  This would definitely impact other results, such as the one that shows low support for English as a second language (ESL).  One wonders what that result would be if the survey team had made a successful effort to include the Spanish-speaking part of Jeffco.  This also led to a lower participation by parents whose children are eligible for Free-Reduced Lunches (FRL).  Yet somehow, with this huge discrepancy, the survey firm estimates a margin of error for low income and minority status responses of +/-3%?

If you are intellectually honest, it will be hard to base any decisions on a survey, such as this one, in which a quarter of total population is not adequately represented.  But will that stop Witt, Newkirk, or Williams?

Agenda Item 2.05:  Board Academic Goals
PRESENTING STAFF: None
PURPOSE: For the Board of Education to discuss its Ends policies to establish academic goals for the superintendent and district.
BACKGROUND: The Board’s Ends policies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 include measurable targets for district performance established in December 2013.

Attachments: NAEP and State Test Predictions 2015.pdf (187 KB), DATA Colorado ACT Trends 2014 bag.pdf (101 KB), DATA PISummaryDistrict bag.pdf (23 KB), DATA CSAPSchProgSummary.pdf bag.pdf (45 KB), DATA CSAPSchProgSummary (Ethnicity) bag.pdf (224 KB), DATA CSAPSchProgSummary (Instructional Group) bag.pdf (310 KB), DATA CSAPSchProgSummary (Gender) bag.pdf (91 KB)

Our comments: It is a good thing for the health of Witt, Newkirk, and Williams that they do not suffer from the need to be logically, ethically, or philosophically consistent.  Because if they did, then this agenda item would cause them enormous problems.

On the one hand, they are basing their entire justification for de-constructing Jeffco on the idea that Jeffco is not doing well.  How do they know?  Because of the test results!  The same test results that Williams has pilloried every chance she gets, with tacit support from Witt, Newkirk, and now McMinimee.

So they justify destroying Jeffco using the test scores of tests they say cannot be trusted!

They also neatly ignore the fact that the District from which they draw their inspiration and top personnel, DougCo, has consistently done worse in the tests and rankings than Jeffco.  But then they blast Jeffco for not doing as well as Boulder, Cherry Creek, and Littleton, but do not want to find out why those three districts are performing better.

It’s sort of like deciding your football team is terrible because it’s winning record is not the best.  Then you go about stealing the offensive and defensive schemes, players, and coaches from teams with worse records than yours, while ignoring the teams that have better.

It’s enough to make you say, “Huh”?

If it were the Broncos, we could just shake our head and mutter about the owners.

But when it’s our children…?

Go to the Board Meeting, Jeffco!

Let them know that there will be witnesses to everything they do!

 


 

11/8 “Freedom of Speech?” a Post by Ashlyn Maher, Chatfield High School

Ashlyn Maher senior photo shoot, August, 2014. Photo©Bahram Mark Sobhani“Evan is not here tonight, but he has given me permission to speak on his behalf. I speak on behalf of all the students that have been escorted out of the room tonight.”

I was stopped there. The security guard put his hand over the microphone and turned it away from me.

The Board member Ms. Dahlkemper began speaking to the officer, saying that I was not violating any board policy and telling him to let me speak.

I pointed out to the officer that she was talking to him, but he ignored me and continued his threats to escort me from the room unless I left the podium at that moment.

I stayed, trying to hear what Ms. Dahlkemper was saying, but then the security guard grabbed my arm and started to take me away. As I walked down the row of seats, an older woman looked right at me and said “Yeah, goodbye sweetheart.

My name is Ashlyn Maher, I am a student at Chatfield Senior High School and a member of Jeffco Students for Change.

Thursday night, November 6th 2014, there was a Jefferson County School Board Meeting, the Jeffco Students for Change (JSFC) were in attendance along with many community members.

During the first public comment portion of the meeting, the Board president Mr. Ken Witt called Garrett Hjelle—a fellow member of JSFC— to the podium. Garrett read the board majority our demands, and was escorted out when his speech went over the allotted one minute time period. Our demands that he read to the board are:

SFC Flyer

  • Public apology from the majority of the school board for referring to/and or treating us as “union pawns” and knowingly misrepresenting our image and intent as concerned students.
  • Repeal the curriculum review committee, which was opposed by a significant number of JeffCo students, teachers, parents, and community members.
  • Incorporate community input in future decisions instead of outside corporate interests and ideological leanings.
  • Allocate resources to in-class instruction rather than board expenses that perpetuate an agenda to privatize JeffCo schools.

Tayla Madrid walked to the podium after Garrett was escorted out, and began to read a passage from the AP United States History textbook. She was barely able to get through a few sentences before the microphone was snatched away from her and she was escorted out.

The next student to be called was Tim Palaze; Tim walked up to the podium and read a passage about Malcolm X for one minute, and after continuing to read past the timer, was escorted out.

After another moment of silence from the students, we acted again. Students began standing up one after the other, reading out of the textbook until they were escorted out. As soon as one voice was silenced, another rose up and took its place.

After this had happen five or six times, there was quiet… Until the next speaker approached the podium.

A whistle was blown and all the students in the room stood with their hands on their hearts and began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. All students standing held printed photos of important historical figures that had also practiced civil disobedience.

When the Pledge of Allegiance was finished, nearly all of the students peacefully left the room.

I stayed and listened to the public comments made by different groups of parents and teachers, most of those discussions were of the charter schools, so I enjoyed hearing them. When a JSFC was called, I stood and walked to the podium.

And this is where I began. “Evan is not here tonight and as given me permission to speak on his behalf. I speak on behalf of all the students that have been escorted out of the room.” I was stopped there.

When I was out of the room I attempted to explain to the Head Security Officer that I hadn’t broken any Board policy. Evan wasn’t in the room so I was speaking on his behalf, which I have done before.

Annoyed, he grabbed my arm and pushed me into the elevator, while telling me that I was still being escorted out, and he refused to answer when I asked why.

I exited the building and ran into two more security officers to whom I explained what had just happened. They kindly said that they would go back in to see if I could still speak on my own behalf.

I went to the JSFC that had gathered outside, and realized that I had let my phone inside the Board room. I went back to the doors, and found them locked.

I found a security guard that was walking about outside and got him to let me in, I went upstairs and found the guards that had asked about me speaking again, they informed me that because I was escorted out, I could not speak even on my own behalf.

I told them that I left my phone inside and was permitted to go in and get it. I happened to have set my phone next to my Physics Teacher, Mr. Brad Boyle, and while I grabbed it, I handed him my speech and told him that they were going to call my name again.

I walked back outside and was soon followed by Mr. Boyle, who had stood and attempted to explain what we were doing and speak on my behalf, and had been escorted out.

I was so honored and grateful that he stood up and joined the students, and he isn’t the only one.

Earlier in the meeting one parent got so fired up she stood and yelled at the board for avoiding and violating their own policies, but I digress.

After Mr. Boyle joined us outside we all gathered in the grass to discuss what just happened, we stood and talked for a few minutes.

And then the sprinklers turned on. We moved and more sprinklers were turned on, this pattern repeated several times until all the sprinklers in front of the building had been turned on. Strange time to be watering the lawn isn’t it? Eight at night…

We still refused to leave, as we were not done talking, so we stood amidst the sprinklers and continued our discussion until the Head Security Officer came out and informed us we had to leave the property because we were trespassing.

“Trespassing? What did we do wrong? Why do we have to leave? We aren’t doing anything except talking.” I asked.

He responded with “You are trespassing on this property because I say so and you need to leave now.”

I argued with him, I was waiting to hear from my mother before I left and I wanted to wait by the road, so eventually he let me stay.

Surrounded by two police officials, one parent, and one community member, I stood there, shivering in the dress I chose to wear, and started to comment about the interesting timing of the sprinklers, I also mentioned it was chilly.

To my surprise the Security Officer that had made everyone else leave said to me, very rudely, “Well since you’re crying about being cold you can go inside and wait in the lobby. It’s warm in the lobby.”

“Excuse me? I’m not crying about anything I merely commented on the weather.” I responded, quite annoyed. “Well you can wait inside.”

“No, thank you.” I said briskly.

I probably sounded quite exasperated, because I was. He then left to go talk to other officers. I left the property about fifteen minutes later.

When I got home, I decided to record the speech that the Board had denied me from reading. It is now up on YouTube.

The kind of disrespect shown to me, my fellow students, teachers and community members, was absolutely repulsive. I am sickened by it, my fellow students and I may have been disruptive but that was the only way we thought we could be heard, and yet, they still managed to ignore us.

The world deserves to know what people in power can get away with, even somewhere as seemingly insignificant as a School Board meeting. Disrespect is disrespect, and this crossed a line.

Students who read/spoke (not including other students who were there to support): Garrett Hjelle, Tayla Madrid, Dylan Ruet, Mickey Walsh, Tim Palaze, Evan Blaskowski, Ava Schuster, Thomas Siezmore, Mali Holmes

Schools Represented: Chatfield, Stanley Lake, Ralston Valley, Evergreen, Lakewood, Columbine, Conifer, and Jefferson County Open School. Along with Colorado college students and non-Jeffco high school students, there in solidarity.

Join me is spreading the word about what happened to these students, share my speech and quote this article!

Thank you,

Ashlyn Maher

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(Below are various other videos and news coverage from the meeting. – jcsbw)

The initial speech by Garrett Hjelle:

 

 

 

 

 

The students repeatedly tried to get the Board to pay attention to them:

And coverage from Colorado Public Radio here: Jeffco Students Practice Civil Disobedience

DailyKos here: Colorado students disrupt school board meeting with protest

Chalkbeat here: Jeffco Students Interrupt Board Meeting

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Is not time for all of us stepped forward, and begin taking steps to stop this travesty?

Start by checking out our page: Groups Opposing WNW’s Agenda.  Then pick a group and get INVOLVED!


 

11/7 – The Speech Not Given

SFC Flyer
You may already have heard that students from JeffCo Students For Change protested the Board’s censorship and indoctrination efforts by following the American tradition of Civil Disobedience.

The students had all signed up to speak, but wanted to do it in a way that would highlight their demands (see the photo).

Witt did not like their efforts and eventually had security escort the students out of the locked building doors.

One of the student leaders, Ashlyn Maher, was denied the opportunity to give her speech to the Board, even though she had signed up.  Below is the video she recorded last night after being ejected from the School Board meeting:

Let’s get busy JeffCo!  Students like this are worth

FIGHTING FOR!

 

We will have a full report on last night’s Board meeting later today.


 

11/6 – Election Analysis & BOE Meeting Tonight

Victory is won in inchesWe all wish we would have more to celebrate yesterday.

Tuesday was seemingly filled with disappointments.  After the hard work we all put in, the temptation to feel that we lost all around is strong.

Resist it!

Because we did make a difference.  We did win some victories.

We need to understand that our opponents, the people who support WNW’s reign of terror, are well prepared, well financed, and well controlled.  Such are ‘astro-turf’ groups.

On the other hand, we are still coming together, financing things out of our own pockets, and battling our way up a steep learning curve.  Such are real grass-roots.

Did we win all the fights we wanted to?  No.  But we won more than the opposition thought possible!

Our efforts to get the word out, to get people aware, to get people voting, succeeded.  And we made a difference!

Bob Beauprez, who openly supported Julie Williams and the WNW agenda, was defeated in a close election.  He lost by just under 28,000 votes.  Almost 15,000 of those came from Jefferson County.

Laura Boggs, the high-priestess of WNW’s ‘Reform’ agenda, lost to Jane Goff by almost 15,000 votes.  Close to 11,000 of that margin came from us defeating her here in JeffCo.

Tony Sanchez, who boasted of Julie Williams endorsement as far back as the primaries, lost to Andy Kerr by just over a 1,000 votes.

In fact, of the six candidates who openly supported and endorsed WNW’s anti-American effort to censor curriculum and replace it with indoctrination, three lost!

This is despite of the massive amount of money, misleading campaigning, and unethical advertising that they put into their efforts.

They had their victories, but where the issue of the JeffCo Board was raised, they lost half their battles.

Because us.

So, we do have some things to celebrate and take heart from.  Imagine what we could have done if we had had their time, money, and organization?

If you have not already, go to our page Groups Opposing WNW’s Agenda and find one to sign up with!  Because Tuesday was just a small skirmish.  The real battle is yet to be fought!

And speaking of fighting…

Tonight’s Board Meeting should be VERY interesting:

Agenda Item 5.13 – New Chief Legal Counsel/ HR Relations: Why does Craig Hess have absolutely NO school district experience? How on earth is he qualified?

Agenda Item 6.01 – Alexandria School of Innovation Charter School Application: Why would the Board approve of a Charter school whose application is so flawed it did not even use the right District name throughout its application? And will be run by a for-profit company that got tossed out of the other school it created? Review Margaret Lessenger’s analysis.

Agenda Item 6.02 – Golden View Classical Charter School Application: How many exemptions are too many? And why do they fear parents so much that they made sure that parents can never take control of the Board?  Review Margaret Lessenger’s analyis on this one too.

Agenda Item 6.04 – Superintendent Goals: The revised goals were finally published.  McMinimee is to ‘Show leadership’.  No specifics of what that means.  He waves a magic ‘leadership’ wand?  How about some genuine goals on the order of the ones found here: 10/15 Post – Why Tomorrow’s BOE Meeting Will Probably Be Interesting…

Agenda Item 7.01 – Hiring a Canadian company that specializes in Canadian municipal surveys to survey JeffCo on Education Spending? Huh????

Agenda Item 7.02 – Curriculum Review Committee – Why is the Board ignoring the Denver Post, the Dallas Morning News, even the Caspar Star-Tribune and is going ahead with this censorship/indoctrination review committee?

If you can’t make it, watch on Livestream: Jeffco Boardroom

We Have Been Fighting, JeffCo!

And we have won some victories. 

Now let’s go out there and build the foundation for…

More And Bigger Victories!

 


 

 

11/4 – Get Out And Vote!

VoteDo you support quality education for everyone?

Then get out and vote.

Do you support the School Board treating it’s members, District staff, teachers, parents, and students with genuine respect?

Then get out and Vote.

Do you support Free, Full-Day Kindergarten for children whose families who are struggling just to get by?

Then get out And Vote.

Do you support open and transparent government with no backdoor deals or hidden agendas?

Then get Out And Vote.

Do you support the hiring of highly experienced, qualified administrators to run our school District?

Then Get Out And Vote.

Do you support the hiring and retention of top-notch teachers, seasoned by years of experience and dedication?

Then Get Out And Vote!

Do you support Advanced Placement classes that teach our children how to critically evaluate, analyze, and think instead of political indoctrination?

Then Get Out And VOTE!

Do you support teaching our children the honest truth about our history, warts and all, so they can learn from our mistakes?

Then Get Out AND VOTE!

Do you support honoring promises made to tax payers about how their tax money will be spent, with full disclosure?

Then Get OUT AND VOTE!

Do you support Health Education being taught completely, honestly, and without someone else’s moral viewpoint dictating the curriculum?

Then GET OUT AND VOTE!

Do you support a School District where diversity is embraced and celebrated, every child regardless of income level, ethnicity, starting language, religion, or sexual identity is nurtured, taught, loved, and supported to becoming the best person they can be?

THEN GET OUT AND VOTE!

Do you believe, truly believe in democracy, community, and an America that is for EVERYONE?

THEN GET OUT AND VOTE!

TODAY is the day where we take the fight to Witt, Newkirk, Williams, Miller and their puppet-masters.

TODAY is the day where we show that we can convert our voices into actions.

TODAY is the day where we start to TAKE BACK our School District and our children’s future.

BECAUSE TODAY IS THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK AND

VOTE!

Here it the link to Support Jeffco Kids endorsements.

Here is a link to a google map of polling places. 

Remember, you can still register and vote today!

So, let’s be about it, people!