May 13, 2017
John Newkirk has published an article that you can read below. You can also read it on his Facebook page.
Links to Geri Zahner’s website and to several supporting blog pieces on this site, are listed at the end of this blog.
“It’s Only OK When We Do It”
John J. Newkirk·Wednesday, May 10, 2017
My latest Opinion column for the Courier newspapers talks about hypocrisy in our public servants. Complete quotes (condensed here for brevity) can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks:
Selective outrage is all the rage these days. That is, what one group calls outrageous becomes perfectly acceptable behavior — so long as they’re the ones doing it.
Examples of selective outrage abound in places like Washington, D.C. and Berkeley, but we really don’t need to go that far. We can see it right in our own backyard.
Three years ago, Jeffco Public Schools found itself searching for a new leader after the superintendent resigned (and as Secretary of the Board of Education, I had a front-row seat). We hired a national search firm that specializes in public school leaders and, with their assistance, evaluated applicants until there were about half a dozen semifinalists, the identities of whom were contractually confidential. After interviewing each semifinalist, we rated them on a scoresheet provided by the executive search firm. Ultimately, the list of contenders was narrowed down to a single finalist — and that’s when the outrage began. Continue reading
April 28, 2017
See Blog 0031 — 0031_Bullying 101 YouTube of PTA president_audio and transcript of union supporters’ lack of respect at a Jeffco BOE meeting_One interview about union bullying in hallway outside the same meeting | Gramma Griizzly’s Corner
A friend just sent me a link to a site with YouTube videos of corruption connected with the 2014 Jefferson County school board election. There are also several articles on that site as well. Below you can link to them all.
JeffCo Truth website ( http://www.jeffcotruth.org/home )
Go to http://www.jeffcotruth.org/home for several informative video clips about corruption in Jefferson County School District.
List of videos:
— HOW DO COP’S AFFECT YOU? – What do COPs have to do with debt? —
— RECALL IS BASED ON LIES –
video not available but this link to an article about funding of the recall is:
— WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE? – Who is controlling Jeffco Education?
— PROTECT STUDENT DATA PRIVACY – A vote for the recall is a vote for In-Bloom
— Bullying 101 A Lesson in Civics — This New PTA Pres & Recall Supporter want to
control DAC appointments? — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnHnBdaBKYQ
— Who Wants Control of Jeffco Education? – Trick or treat: Don’t be fooled! Say No to the
Status Quo. Vote NO ON THE RECALL –
— Because they can get away with it – Amy Weber, Executive Director, Jeffco Human
Services – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMV01YTJLZU
— The truth about Jeffco teacher turnover –
— Does Jill Fellman support charter students? –
— Jeffco School Board Vote on the Wheat Ridge plan –
— Who is breaking promises? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKW21Pk8CB4
— Did Ms. Dahlkemper really just ask that? –
— Union Organized recall last summer –
— What students are saying – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0lAX5OuIoo
March 27, 2017/updated and revised April 1, 2017
1. Julie Williams’ presentation.
2. Tim Neville’s Presentation
3. Go to Blog 0193, to see a detailed history of events before and after Nov. 2013 Jeffco school board election, of three reform members.
Meeting March 27, 2017
An informative meeting took place at the Lewis Barn in Evergreen. Julie Williams and Colorado State Senator Tim Neville were the guest speakers at the March meeting of the 285 Corridor Tea Party:
March 27th at 6:30 pm
The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park
26624 N. Turkey Creek Road
Evergreen, CO 80439
Julie Williams spoke first, after several people who attended shared information with the group. Below are summaries of topics Julie addressed.
Julie said there were parallels between her experiences Nov. 2013-2015
and the things happening in D.C.
Julie drew a parallel between what the unions did in Jefferson County to the three non-union supported board members — and what unions and the Left are doing against Trump and his administration.
She stressed the importance of not wasting time, and not underestimating the ability of the establishment (unions, mainstream media, academia, the Left, etc.) to work relentlessly and effectively to destroy the character and credibility of the new administration with the bombardment of lies, accusations, and subtle, or not-so-subtle, innuendoes. Continue reading
December 19, 2016/updated Dec. 26, 2016
John Newkirk’s article was first published December 7, 2016, and then was published online December 17, with live links to his references.
As always, John carefully documents the claims and conclusions that he makes.
School Tax Failure had Roots in Recall
By JOHN J. NEWKIRK,·SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016
Note to the reader: In 2013, concerned Jefferson County taxpayers elected three conservatives (including yours truly) to represent their interests on the Board of Education. Within minutes of the election — two weeks before we were even sworn in — the teachers union began a campaign to unseat “these bastards.” My latest Opinion column delves into the recall election’s surly evolution and its ultimate consequence. It’s also an admonition to the teachers union to heed the old Chinese proverb: When you set out to destroy someone, first dig two graves. ________________________________________________________________
Newkirk Opinion Column, December 7, 2016
To the casual observer, the failure of Jefferson County’s school tax proposal last month was a head-scratcher. Why did our district vote down new school taxes when neighboring districts passed theirs? Why did Jeffco say yes to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Michael Bennet, but no to Democrats on the Board of Education? Why did so many residents who’d never opposed a school tax vote no for the first time ever? A surprising number of voters have contacted me about this, and their common threads bear repeating. So, to best share their sentiments, allow me to channel the gentleman from Virginia for whom our humble county is named: Continue reading
March 7, 2015/revised Sept. 2, 2016
March 2, 2016 the message below was sent by a friend. Just wanted you to see what is happening in our school district since the 5-person school board has been unanimously dishonestly taken over by five union-supported members.
Message received March 5, 2016
“I’m writing with urgent news about the next Jefferson County Board meeting tomorrow, March 3.
“The previous JeffCo board had committed for the Jefferson County School District to pay $18 million and incur NO debt to build a new school. Now the new board is set to approve financing $31 million to build the same school and plan to finance an addition for another school at $17 million – PLUS interest for both projects! The board may vote on this resolution as early as tomorrow, March 3.”
We are paying dearly, because voters trusted people who told lies. Continue reading
Published on February 23, 2016
by Donna Jack
This post was originally started August 19, 2015, but I didn’t put it on the public site at that time. It is being published today to demonstrate some of the serious problems in public education.
One of the problems is that students are given only one way to look at the world – through the eyes of people who hate this country. They are taught not to think. That is the viewpoint of the 2014 and 2015 AP US History framework.
I continue to hope that if students and graduates are able to hear and see the truth, they may begin to understand that they have been deceived through the conditioning in our public schools.
This blog piece continues the theme of what compulsory schools (public schools) are training our children to become. One of the things they are being taught to do is disobey or disregard law. Continue reading
by Donna Jack–published February 15, 2016
Introduction – Unions didn’t want Type #2 education revealed to the public.
This blog post was begun in July 2015, put away, partly re-written, and published now. I decided this background needed to be recorded, so that people can understand what imaginary excuse the unions concocted. They used this made-up excuse of censorship to recall 3 conservative (non-union supported) people who were the majority board members on the Colorado Jefferson County School board at the time. These three school board members were John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt. The unions were mad that they had lost control that they had held over the school district for decades!
This article briefly explains the APUSH ( Advanced Placement U.S. History) Frameworks from 2010, 2014 and 2015, the later two of which are totally prescribed censored US history curriculum. They are Type #2 education. At the possible threat of their Type #2 curriculum being revealed to the public, the unions falsely accused the majority on the school board of censorship (while they themselves were the censors of US History). The people making these false accusations were the Jeffco unions, paid agitators, the two democrat women on the school board (Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman) and misinformed parents and students, who had been told lies, and then parroted those lies, reacting with hatred toward the majority on the board.
Type #1 and Type #2 Education – Common Core is Type #2 Education Continue reading
Special Report_The American Spectator (entire article below)
[John Newkirk’s same article on his server, updated including omitted Jeffco at a Glance Chart and more pictures]
[Document with all 65 links in John Newkirk’s – Unions usurped election_you paid — listed, described and live-linked]
How the National Teachers Union Usurped a Local Election – And how you paid for it.
By John J. Newkirk – 1.28.16
[editor’s 1-30-16 note: See Jeffco-at-a-Glance Chart, that was left out of The American Spectator publication. The chart includes student enrollment; number of employees; 2015 budget; average teacher compensation; teacher effectiveness rating; and student College/Career Readiness in math, science and reading.]
In November of 2013, the people of Jefferson County, Colorado elected me to represent their interests on the Board of Education. My goal was ambitious, but straightforward: help turn our 83,000 student school district, where I attended elementary through high school, into the nation’s leader in public education. But with one out of two Jeffco graduates rated “not ready” for college or career in basic math, science, and reading skills, I knew this goal would require equally ambitious reforms from our five-member board, including accountability in teacher performance, fairness in student funding, broader choices for parents, and transparency in policy governance.
As it so happened, two other reform-minded candidates also won their elections, thereby creating — for the first time in recent memory — a Jeffco board majority that was not supported by the teachers union. The union’s reaction was swift, and as they freely admit, efforts to unseat the newly elected board majority began “the moment the polls closed in 2013.” Jefferson County thus became the focus of the largest labor union in the United States: the National Education Association and its local affiliates. Continue reading
By Stanley Kurtz
August 17, 2015
The Corner – The one and only.
Politics is downstream of culture. We hear that often, yet pay scant attention as the culture slips into partisan hands. I mean partisan not merely with respect to party, but in respect to a leftist ideology that seeks exclusive cultural as well as political control. Our federalist system has long served as the great bulwark against domination of the country by a single ideological faction. Yet in higher education, the game has largely been lost. Now high school is slipping away.
Slowly but surely, the College Board, sponsor of the controversial 2014 and 2015 AP U.S. history (APUSH) frameworks, is becoming an unelected national school board, setting curricula—and just as important—largely replacing states and localities as the shaper of both textbooks and teacher training at the high school level. As a de facto federally-supported monopoly riding a huge wave of government subsidies, the College Board has grown rich by expanding the reach of its Advanced Placement courses.
We are swiftly headed for a situation in which a quarter, a third, very possibly well over 50 percent of high school students, will be taking so-called advanced placement courses whose guidelines, reading material, and teacher training seminars are all controlled by the College Board, a private company with no responsibility to the voters. The superficial U.S. history changes of this summer notwithstanding, the College Board continues to be a plaything of the left-leaning and highly politicized faculty already in control of the nation’s colleges and universities. Continue reading