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
December 28, 2016
See Blog 0166 about attempts to overturn election of President-Elect Trump.
Interview with socialist student recommending walkouts in all schools on Inauguration Day – (transcript of the interview within this blog post).
Blog 0161_John Newkirk Dec 7 and 17 op ed with links to Jeffco walkouts in 2015
Definitions of anarchy and socialism at the end of this blog post.
A November request I made, to head off a repeat of the
Colorado Jefferson County teacher/student walkouts that took place in 2015
At the end of a Student Accountability Committee (SAC) meeting at Conifer High School, I said I hoped that the school, and the school district, had plans in place to head off any future teacher/student protests during school hours – to stop a repeat of what they did in 2015 at Conifer High School.
I commented that the school district, possibly the Superintendent of the Colorado Jefferson County Schools, should make it clear that such walkouts would not go without punishment. My request was not answered, but that might have been because it was near the end of a 2-hour meeting.
I did not realize that plans were being made to have walkouts in Jefferson County schools, and across the country, to protest Trump winning the election. 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
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