0337_Contact our County Commissioners & ask them to vote against creation of ELID (Evergreen Local Improvement District) on May 22, 2018. ELID’s FIRST sales tax would be a 22% increase. Don’t make Evergreen another Denver

Donna Jack
May 7, 2018

Most people in Evergreen are Happy Living Here

Most people in Evergreen are happy with Evergreen — they don’t want the proposed  ELID changes.

A local Evergreen group (No2ELID) is trying to help us stop the creation of a new Improvement District in the Evergreen area.  The latest No2ELID flier: is attached.

We can get services without the expense and tax burden
of ELID — and without their deciding for us what we need.

As is pointed out by No2ELID, many of the changes that ELID proposed to make, are things that Jefferson County or Denver can cover using our current tax level.  Many of the “needs” that ELID supporters’ originally said they had to provide for us, were already completed last year, or have since been completed under our current level of taxation.

Linked is a flier with information showing we do not need a local improvement district (LID) in Evergreen:  No2ELID flier_2018-05-06  [printer friendly]  Also linked is a chart with proposed expenses.

The people pushing ELID have not been seeking what
the community wants — they are pushing their agenda.

The proponents of ELID (Evergreen Local Improvement District) want it placed on the ballot this November.  Their presentations are slick, and they keep adjusting them as they go along.  Public input has NOT been sought by them.  They use the Delphi method.   They showed their true colors by eliminating any “public” questions or input.  See Blog 0234 on this website to learn about one of their “community input” meetings last year.

Blog 0234  reports on how unwilling Dean Dalvit was to engage the community to find out what people really wanted and didn’t want.   He silenced everyone, saying they could ask questions after his presentation.  Then when he ended the presentation, he immediately went off stage.  People could only talk with him outside the view of the audience.

He and his group are railroading this Evergreen Local Improvement District through our community. Continue reading

0336_Another failed Education establishment bright idea: Proficiency-based learning (PBL) is a cruel experiment that has failed_by Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

Donna Jack
April 29, 2018

More Education Alphabet Soup:  PBL – Profiency-Based Learning

From Article by Mike Bernier:

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

under PBL, there are no homework deadlines and exams can be retaken, sometimes over and over again. In addition, school attendance doesn’t count toward grades or graduation.

“There are reasons why high-performing high schools are trying to retain the traditional grading system. It works. The Legislature needs to understand that our children’s futures depend on it.

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4.25.18 – Sun Journal
http://www.sunjournal.com/proficiency-based-learning-is-a-cruel-experiment-that-has-failed/

 “Proficiency-based learning is a cruel experiment
that has failed”

By  Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

Fortunately, the Legislature is now considering repealing PBL. I hope others will join me in respectfully encouraging legislators to do so. Continue reading

0335_New Update Apr. 24, 2018_ Teacher Walkouts (in 27 CO school districts) Potentially Cost Taxpayers $13.3 Million_ plus cost for classified employees_ and cost to parents, etc. – by Ed is Watching

Donna Jack
April 29, 2018

Shouldn’t teachers and administrators who encourage (or take part in) walkouts during school hours be fired?!?  Shouldn’t that also be the case for ones who encourage students and teachers to walkout during school hours?

This needs to be stopped – these people are eating up our tax dollars with their tyrannical and bullying behavior.  And they are causing parents and children grief (financial and emotional).  They are negative role models for our children.

The article below by Ed is Watching, was linked in Blog 0334.

It can be found at:  http://ediswatching.org/teacher-walkouts-potentially-cost-taxpayers-11-5-million/

New Update: Teacher Walkouts Potentially Cost Taxpayers $ 13.3 Million



According to Colorado Chalkbeat, 27 Colorado school districts have cancelled classes due to the teacher walkouts scheduled later this week. Based on the average teacher salary in each district plus the cost of PERA benefits, the teacher walkouts in the 27 districts are potentially costing taxpayers $13.3 million. This figure does not include classified employees who serve at each school.

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0334_It’s the First Day of School Shutdowns_ Blog Mandy Connell | KOA NewsRadio_ So what we have here is another example of the NEA pushing pure propaganda to ramp up the sympathy train so the teachers unions make more money. (Apr. 26, 2018)

Donna Jack
April 26, 2018

Teachers in my school district in Colorado (Jefferson) and also in Douglas County schools, are striking and lobbying at the state Capitol.  They claim Colorado ranks 46th in teacher pay – not true.  The NEA (National Education Association) lied.  Colorado teachers are 30th or 31st — closer to the middle of the pack.

Aren’t we paying them to teach in school — not strike to hold tax payers hostage?  Public school employees should never strike.   They should educate our children.  At least that is what we would ideally want.

Today Mandy Connell posted some comments on her blog about this subject.

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Subject: It’s the First Day of School Shutdowns Blog | Mandy Connell | KOA NewsRadio

https://koanewsradio.iheart.com/featured/mandy-connell/content/2018-04-26-its-the-first-day-of-school-shutdowns-blog/

posted by Mandy –

17 hours ago

JEFFERSON COUNTY AND DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE SHUT DOWN TODAY So the people who claim to care more than ANYONE about our CHIIIILLLLLDREN can throw a collective hissy at the Capitol today.  The Wear Red for Ed movement even has nifty shirts for teachers to wear.  Look at the logo I just grabbed from the CEA website:

Communist T shirts for teachers Continue reading

0333_Cartoon predicts the future more than 60 years ago. YouTube Cartoon video.

Donna Jack
April 26, 2018

At the beginning of the cartoon are these words:

“This is one of a series of films produced by the Extension Department of Harding College to create a deeper understanding of what has made America the finest place in the world to live.”

This cartoon and others are made fun of and cut down, but the fact remains it was not “propaganda” in the sense of telling lies.  It was getting a message out in response to the tearing down of America that was going on — a tearing down that continues to this day.

Cartoon predicts the future more than 60 years ago. This is amazing insight!

3,820,356 views

 

Dr. Tarrin P Lupo

Published on Apr 29, 2009

“This cartoon predicts the future more than 60 years ago. You won’t see anything like this taught in schools today. If you like political cartoons with insight, this is one of the best ever made. If you worry this country is losing freedoms by the day, you are not alone. They tried to warn us in this political cartoon 60 years ago.”

 

 

0332_Like Common Core, Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities Has Backfired_ National decline in student scores correlates with beginning of Common Core_ Dr. Susan Berry_ Breitbart_ April 25, 2018

Donna Jack
April 25, 2018

From observing the consistent “failures” of policies set in place in education by the progressive left, it appears their focused aim may not be to help students succeed, but to destroy this country.

In the article below, the devastating results of Common Core are mentioned:

“No one admits the glaringly obvious fact that the downward spiral of academic performance coincides with the implementation of Common Core….“How much more evidence do we need that Common Core was a terrible idea from the beginning and should be scrapped?” — Jane Robbins

It is mentioned that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believes school structure is the cause of falling test scores.  http://www.newsweek.com/teachers-correct-betsy-devos-picture-modern-classroom-835161

Dr. Susan Berry points out:  “the Obama-era school leniency directive aimed at ending the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ for minorities” — has been a policy which has increased crime in the schools.

Obama’s policy of ending the reporting of crimes in schools, increased crime (referred to above and below):

Attorney Peter Kirsanow, also a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, tells Breitbart News the School Climate and Safety Report showing ‘increasing disparities’ in school discipline is ‘consistent with common-sense expectations that the lowering of disciplinary standards will produce more offenses and even greater disparities.’

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:50 PM — To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: LIKE COMMON CORE, OBAMA’S SCHOOL LENIENCY POLICY FOR MINORITIES HAS BACKFIRED – BY DR. SUSAN BERRY – BREITBART — 4.25.18

4.25.18 – Breitbart

 “Like Common Core,
Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities
Has Backfired”

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0331_I was there at Columbine_ Let schools spend more time on morality and character development — not politicizing the tragedy_ Let’s protest a system that exploits our students – Examples of student politicization_ March 2018 article by John Newkirk _ documentation supporting claims at end of article

Donna Jack
April 24, 2018

The Left, mainstream media, and schools exploit students and events.  Exploit: to use someone or something unfairly for your own advantage.

They politicize everything.  Politicize:   bring everything into the realm of politics, whether it belongs there or not.

John Newkirk published this article last month.  At the end I include some documentation links he emailed, that support his claim that students are being politicized in school.

“Let’s protest a system that increasingly politicizes our students, yet spends increasingly less time on morality and character development. ” — John Newkirk

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Examples of Student Politicization

by John Newkirk

Our lives are full of routine and mundane days, punctuated by moments of gobsmacked reality that make us wish to God for just another routine and mundane day.

That April day started out like most others; dew-covered grass blades bowed beneath budding aspen sprouts, newborn calves gamboling in the meadow, and mountain bluebirds returning from their winter range, clothed in the same azure as the Colorado columbine.  A day’s worth of sunshine made the pastures greener, but a day’s worth of driving had me looking forward to hanging my hat, shuckin’ off the boots and setting my feet on the hearth.

But then the phone rang, and life would never be the same.

“Can you come to the church?” she pleaded, “Something terrible’s happened!” Continue reading

0329_Coalition Calls on Congress to Rewrite FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) of 1974 – Truth in American Education _ April 17, 2018

Donna Jack
April 22, 2018

Note:  FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law).   It governs access of educational information and records to public entities (potential employers, foreign governments, publicly funded educational institutions, …)
It was designed to protect information of children, but that protection no longer exists.

Donna Garner alerts us to efforts to bring back protection of private data of students and families.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:20 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: COALITION CALLS ON CONGRESS TO REWRITE FERPA– PROTECT CHILDREN’S PERSONAL DATA — TAE- 4.17.18

4.17.18 – Truth in American Education

 https://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/coalition-calls-on-congress-to-rewrite-ferpa/

 “Coalition Calls on Congress to Rewrite FERPA”

On Tuesday, American Principles Project and individuals from more than 100 organizations including Education Liberty Watch and Eagle Forum called on Congress to rewrite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In a letter to the House Education and Workforce Committee, they implored Congress to recognize that citizens have a property interest in their personal data and that Congress should protect that interest. Continue reading

0328_AP U.S. History Text_ Biased Indoctrination_ by Dr. Susan Berry_Breitbart_ April 14, 2018

Donna Jack
April 22, 2018

[For more on AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History (APUSH):  0003; 000600130015; 0069; 0235; … ]

AP US History – leftist indoctrination

AP U.S. History continues to be Leftist indoctrination, pretending to help parents by providing a great education for their children — enticing them by claiming to offer in high school, college-level, college credit, American history for a low cost.  AP courses are of the same political persuasion.

In 2014, the teachers’ unions and other leftist groups falsely painted the three school board members who were not controlled by the unions — as enemies of good education.  It began as soon as the three-member majority was elected.

The unions finally found their chance to make up a false reason to recall the school board members, when Julie Williams, one of the reform board members, put forth a recommendation to have people from the public review the AP U.S. History Framework and curriculum, and report back to the school board.

You would have thought she was planning to destroy every part of the Bill of Rights with such an “outlandish” recommendation.  People screamed “censorship.”  It was the twisted excuse that the Left then used to fuel the recall that they had been planning since before the 3 school board members were even sworn into office. 

GRAMMA GRIZZLY’S BLOG — Table of Contents | Gramma Griizzly’s Corner

Read  below about the continuation of the anti-American content, and the brain washing that has been, and continues to be forced on students, through AP U.S. History classes and texts, other AP courses, and school curriculum content in general.

This is just a small part of the overall plan taking over education

 You can read about Superintendent Glass imposing leftist curriculum on every class in our Jefferson County Colorado public school district – with no authority, oversight or permission.  It is not his job to dictate curriculum — and certainly not to put curriculum into classrooms, teaching children to hate anything traditional or American.

Blog:  0262  Jeffco Supt. Glass pushing bad teacher resources and curriculum …

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From: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:50 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Subject: AP U. S.HISTORY TEXT — BIASED INDOCTRINATION — BY DR. SUSAN BERRY — BREITBART – 4.14.18

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/14/ap-u-s-history-text-white-christian-americans-finding-it-difficult-to-adjust-to-becoming-minority/ Continue reading