“The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.” Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Tonight Witt, Newkirk, and Williams begin the assault on the next school year. If your child, grandchild, neighbor’s child, youth at church, or even high school kid who asked if you wanted fries with your lunch is a senior at a JeffCo school, you can breathe a sigh of relief. They are getting out while the getting is good.
If the young person or persons you know will still be in school next year, or will be starting school anytime in the next few years, tonight is the night the real assault on their education begins.
And even though Witt refuses to allow the Public to speak at these “Special” meetings, you should be there to bear witness.
You need to be there, because later people are going to ask you, “How did this happen?” “What did they do?” “Didn’t anyone notice?” And you will need to be able to give them the answers.
BOE Thursday Meeting – Key items:
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
Agenda Item 2.01: First Quarter Financial Report 2014-15
Read this document, CLA Report on Applying AUP 1st Qtr.pdf (43 KB). It will give you the highlights. During the presentation, pay attention to the following: How little money is being put into the Reserve Fund. What items have been cut back. What items have had increases. Listen to see what WNW asks about. You will then begin to see the trend.
Agenda Item 2.03: 2015/16 Budget Development Update and Board Budget Objectives and Priorities
This is one of the most biased set of Budget questions.pdf (131 KB) we have ever seen. Instead of trying to honestly get a feeling for what parents and the public want, these questions are designed to push people into preselected answers. It is not a true survey. It is more of a propaganda document.
Agenda Item 2.04: Choice Survey Findings
Every single survey done by the District since WNW took control has rejected their agenda and instead shown that people want to continue on the path the District had been following: Working on improving genuine choice, improving the quality of instruction, and working hard at helping the most vulnerable students. In the latest survey, WNW will once again have to figure out how to twist, warp, and disregard the actual responses contained here: PRESENTATION SchoolEnrollment_Choice.pdf (1,441 KB).
It can almost be entertaining, in a way. Hold a neighborhood betting pool. How long into the presentation till someone challenges the validity of the study? Which member of WNW comes up with the most creative distortion of the results? (How many more can you come up with?)
Agenda Item 2.05: Board Academic Goals
More twisting of results coming up! Some questions for WNW:
Does JeffCo have room to improve?
Should we look to other school districts for ideas?
WNW – Of course!
Should we look at the school districts that scored better than we did for ideas, programs, and inspiration, such as Boulder, Cherry Creek, and Littleton?
WNW – Uhh…No! Let’s look to the one that did worse, DougCo!
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)
Go to the meeting. Be a witness. Do not let it be said that all of JeffCo slept while our school district was under attack.
And keep Fighting!
Curious how many times WNW have violated the Board’s own rules? Check out our new page on WNW Board Policy Violations.