In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.
― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
A JeffCo parent shared this letter to the Jeffco School Board majority members with JCSBW about the fact that Steve House, the new Colorado Republican Chair, is on the board retreat agenda under the item “Guest Panel on Innovative/Creative Practices in Public Education.”
If your memory needs a refresher, the board retreat is being convened because Julie Williams said she wanted to hear about innovations in education before she could approve spending millions of dollars to build any new schools. We’ll let the letter explain more:
Dear John, Julie and Ken,
I just received the email from Helen Neal with the link to the agenda for the Board Retreat next Thursday. I am disheartened and disappointed that Steve House remains on your Retreat Guest Panel on Innovative/Creative Practices in Public Education. On the agenda, Mr. House is listed as the Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. I see nothing that would even remotely connect him to education in his professional role. I even looked over his profile on LinkedIn. Here it is:
PURPOSE: For the Board of Education to hear about innovative/creative ideas in public education from invited guests.
BACKGROUND: The Board discussed having a retreat focused on innovation and creativity in the delivery of public education. The guest panel is the second of a two-panel discussion set.
Each speaker will provide at least a 15-minute presentation on his thoughts regarding innovation in public education, leaving an hour for discussion with the Board of Education.
The other two presenters on this panel are Tony Lewis, executive director of the Donnell-Kay Foundation, and Scott Fast, parent, Columbine High School, retired executive director, Accenture Foundation. The meeting also includes an agenda item for innovation within Jeffco Schools — an item that is only there because Lesley Dahlkemper insisted that it was important to hear and recognize that innovation is already happening right here in Jeffco.
The retreat starts at 5:30 pm this Thursday, April 16 in the board room. It will be streamed: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/10429076/events/3542310.
This is a meeting well worth attending or at the very last, watching. Why IS Steve House on the panel? Why did the board majority keep him on the agenda even after Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper questioned his complete and utter lack of educational experience whatsoever? And what on earth will he say in his presentation? Will it relate at all to whether NW Arvada and the Solterra area are able to build schools to accommodate their new development?