7.17.15 Don’t mess with Jeffco parents

"Riled up" or not, our numbers are not small.

“Riled up” or not, our numbers are not small.

We recently received this letter from a Jeffco parent:

In this week’s issue of the Columbine Courier, former Jeffco School Board member Laura Boggs lumps the supporters of the Board majority recall into two groups: “teachers” and “riled up mommies.”

Wow! How condescending can the board supporters be to identify parents as “riled up mommies?” The term is clearly meant to demean the mothers that disagree with them. (Note a similar accusation was made by former Jeffco communications director Lisa Pinto on a recent radio talk show.)

Perhaps Ms. Boggs needs an introduction to the mommies of today.

The mommy authors of the petition are a LAWYER turned stay-at-home mother and an Environmental Compliance Specialist. (Let’s not forget a dad is also on the petition.)

And yes, I am a mother and I support the recall. By the way, Ms. Boggs, this mommy holds an aerospace engineering degree, not a degree from the school of hard knocks.

I worked as a Flight Design engineer for Atlas rocket launches for years before choosing to become a stay-at-home mother. During the years I have stayed home I have served on church council, board of directors of a non-profit, school accountability chairperson, PTA secretary, and I have served the community in a myriad of other ways.

I have volunteered time reading in the classroom with struggling readers and challenging advanced math students (oh yeah this mommy has a minor in math that required differential equations and a few courses beyond four years of calculus). I have been the quintessential “mommy” as I schlepped cellos for the elementary orchestra tour in my mini-van.

At the same time I was creating newsletters and doing the bookkeeping for a non-profit company. I returned to the work force part time so I could continue to volunteer in my community and in my kids’ schools, including most recently circulating recall petitions. And I am just one example of the parents in our community that are volunteering in this effort. I am in awe of so many of the women and men that I have met during this process, many with credentials far beyond mine.

So yes I am riled up. And if you want to use the term mommy, well as they say where I come from, “Bless your heart.”  Don’t underestimate the power of TODAY’s riled up mommies. We are educated. We are passionate. And when it comes to our kids, you really don’t want to see us riled up.

And to the voters I have one message: Who do you trust with the education of the children in your community? Personally, I think teachers and riled up mommies are a much better choice than politicians and businessmen that have never spent time in the classroom.

— Alice Wurst

P.S. Fellow moms (and dads, because I know you are part of this too) I invite you to comment. For a mother to attack in this manner is infuriating and disheartening. Show Ms. Boggs and the community who we are. Do not be painted as some “mommy” to be dismissed. Stand up for each other and most importantly STAND UP FOR OUR KIDS.

Keep fighting, JeffCo!


19 thoughts on “7.17.15 Don’t mess with Jeffco parents

  1. I am a mother of a JeffCo high school grad. She now has 3 degrees 2 Bachelors and a Masters
    I am also a college grad who is an executive at a +$150million biologic company and sit on several Boards
    AND I am adamantly opposed to the elitist, secretive, end-run type maneuvers that the 3 recall BOE members are trying to execute.
    Ms. Boggs is shamefully ignorant of the rights of the “communities” to be engaged and active in matters of education. Community residents – parents, grandparents, singles, widowed, etc., etc. should be encouraged to be active and participative in governing education.
    We live in a democracy which means we are “allowed” to disagree.
    And finally – kudos to the students who protested and now have first hand experience with one of our fundamental rights as citizens – civil disobedience!!

    • My husband and I graduated from evergreen high school in 1965. Two of our daugters graduated from jeffco high schools. We currently have two grandchildren in jefferson county schools. does this make me a riled up grandmommy? Sherry Ellis

  2. I am a “riled up” taxpayer married to another “riled up” taxpayer. Poor Ms. Boggs must feel terribly insecure and inferior; she seems capable only of producing vitriol.

  3. Unhappy, disrespected teachers impact children’s lives directly. Education is a long term investment. Jeffco children will have power and a voice as they reach adulthood. Selfishly, I want them to have a great education first. Inferior education reduces the quality of tomorrow’s leaders.
    Students need the voice and political power of their parents and community to improve their educational opportunities. Ms. Boggs attempts to attack recall supporters instead of address the issues. Despite her condescending words, she admitted that the recall effort plenty of supporters.
    This “riled up mommy”, former Jeffco teacher and current marketing professional will use my knowledge and voice to support the recall because our future is a stake.

  4. Boggs was bonehead when on the SB so why should she change. It is very frightening how they want to build a nation of sheep. It certainly fits with someone’s agenda and it is very scary.

  5. I just want to remind folks, “riled up mommies” don’t actually need a degree to vote. We all know how to color in a box!

  6. Preach!

  7. I am not a “riled up mommy.” In fact, I’m not a mommy at all. Nope, no little nippers in my house. No carpools, no homework, no PTA for me. I’d have loved it if it had worked out differently, but it didn’t. But I am a solid backer of the recall nonetheless.

    One might argue that I don’t have a dog in this fight because I have no kids to worry about, no AP History to consider, no child in an overcrowded classroom, no overworked and underpaid teacher to think about. No, I have none of those things, but I am a citizen of Jefferson County, and I want smart, visionary people running the world as I age. I own a home, and I want my property values to hold steady or even increase because people want to live in a place that values and supports great schools. I have a number of years to work, so I want corporations to locate in a county with a school system that does not seek to limit a child’s knowledge, but rather, supports them in the pursuit of an amazing and comprehensive education.

    I have no children of my own, but I support yours because they will be the leaders of tomorrow. One of them may be my physician, and I want them to hold a passionate belief in science. One of them could be my attorney, and I hope they are fair and thoughtful defenders of truth. And those who become teachers should be able to inspire our collective grandkids to greatness and still put food on the table.

    So yes, I support the recall even though I’m not a parent. I’m flabbergasted that every childless person in Jeffco isn’t solidly on board with this effort.

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