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 →
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE 2013 NOVEMBER ELECTION
WHEN THREE JEFFCO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WERE ELECTED
WHO WERE NOT SUPPORTED BY THE UNIONS?
Julie was one of the three members of the Jefferson County Board of Education (JeffcoBOE) elected in November 2013. The three were not endorsed by the unions. Since the Jeffco BOE is a 5-member board, they became the majority! Immediately after their elections, the unions began working to recall the three — and two years later, the unions successfully had the three recalled.
Julie Williams Speaking
Below you can watch a YouTube by Pundit Pete, of the then newly-elected Julie Williams speaking on February 13, 2014. That evening she gave an update on what had been happening since they were sworn into their board positions the previous month! https://youtu.be/Dr97bSVjsPI
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 →
April 4, 2016 [updated links 2016-06-06]
[Note: This November (2016) there will be things on the ballot to restrict or eliminate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (Tabor). TABOR is Article X Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution. This blog shares one aspect of how Tabor is meant to protect the taxpayers.]
This afternoon someone asked me for information on COPs. COPs are Certificates of Participation. After a quick phone call to a friend, the article below showed up in my email.
The article was written by a fiscal policy analyst (Joshua Sharf) at the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado. The website for the Independence Institute is: www.i2i.org
You will find Joshua’s article does a good job describing COPs, and how they affect other issues. If this subject is brand new to you, or not real familiar to you, you may want to study it carefully. Despite what some people will tell you, COPs are a big deal. Continue reading →
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 →
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.
[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.
Then on November 19, 2015, even before you were sworn in, you had eliminated all (1 hour) of the public testimony to speak about the agenda for the meeting, which under the previous board majority, had been given before the agenda was talked about. Continue reading →