Category Archives: 2015 recall of Jeffco BOE members

0208_An article written by John Newkirk about our Jefferson County school board members: “It’s Only OK When We Do It”__and links to Geri Zahner’s site and blogs on this site that support John’s article

Donna Jack
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.

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2017-05-11_Bigger-Picture of 5 Jefferson County School Board members_for John's Article

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“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

0193_Details of the disruption and lies used in 2014 and 2015 to force a recall of three Jeffco BOE members_YouTube, links

Donna Jack
April 1, 2017

This is a companion blog to Blog 0192.
Julie Williams Reporting about events on Feb. 13, 2014_YouTube
Thorough Account of events after Nov. 2013 BOE election

background information:

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

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0167_I Requested Jeffco Schools NOT participate in walkouts_rumors of planned walkouts on Inauguration Day (Jan. 20th)_Tucker Carlton Video link and transcript of socialists encouraging & planning walkouts

Donna Jack
December 28, 2016

See Blog 0166 about attempts to overturn election of President-Elect Trump.

References:

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

2015-09-252015-04-21_mike-rosen_revolting-tactics-in-attempt-to-recall-jeffco-school-board

Definitions of anarchy and socialism at the end of this blog post.

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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

0069_Freedom Minute – College Board Revamps AP US History Framework_but they really didn’t

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

0061_Compare the Frameworks of The 2010, 2014 and 2015 AP US History (Type #2 Education is destroying education)

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

0053_How the National Teachers Union Usurped a Local Election – And how you paid for it. by John Newkirk – Jan. 28, 2016

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

Print Article

[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

0042_November 25, 2015 letter to new Jeffco 5-Democrat BOE: Are transparency and accountability beginning to vanish?

[pdf of this letter]   

This letter online through school district website:

http://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/files/A4UNGY5D3077/$file/c151021O.pdf

Letter:

TO Jeffco BOE Members:

Ron Mitchell, romitche@jeffco.k12.co.us
Ali Lassel, alasell@jeffco.k12.co.us
Susan Harmon, suharmon@jeffco.k12.co.us
Amanda Stevens, ajsteven@jeffco.k12.co.us
Brad Rupert, crupert@jeffco.k12.co.us

Copies: The Jeffco BOE as a whole: board@jeffco.k12.co.us;Superintendent, Dan McMinimee, dmcminim@jeffco.k12.co.us; the public.

Dear Jefferson County Board of Education members Ron, Ali, Susan, Amanda and Brad,

Please continue the accountability and transparency demonstrated by the previous Jeffco BOE majority.

Some people that witnessed the great accountability, transparency, and respect demonstrated by the previous Jeffco BOE republican majority, now have some legitimate concerns.

You were elected for several reasons, and two of the reasons you were elected were: 1) the blatant lies printed on the petitions, and 2) the identical dishonest wording on the ballots for the recall.

You can compare and see the exact same false claims on both the recall petition and the ballot for recall.

See a video about The Denver Post recommendation to vote no on the recall.

And read The Denver Post Editorial Board, recommendation for a no-vote on the recall, dated October 13, 2015.  They said their recommendation not to recall, was based on the false statements on the ballot.

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

0032_Two Jeffco School District moms tell why they support the new reform majority school board members. — YouTubes

[first published Sep. 24, 2015 – published again Oct 18, 2015]

A video of Linda Pelon, a graduate of a Jeffco school, and mother thanking the new Jefferson County Colorado school board that was elected in November 2013.

She says that “Jeffco public schools may have failed me, but they’re not going to fail my kids.”  One size fits all didn’t serve me, and it wasn’t serving my kids.

She appreciates the options the new board members are giving her family – and that they listen and make good changes.

She didn’t tolerate temper tantrums with her children, and sure doesn’t like the disrespect and bullying that she has observed from people who oppose the board majority members.

Linda said we voted for the new board members because of the decline in education in the school district. Continue reading

0029_Would voting for the Democrat/union-supported school board slate bring back Inbloom?_YouTube

A Vote for the Recall is a Vote for inBloom

Jeffcotruth.org

Note by Donna Jack:

One of the democrat candidates for the Jefferson County school board rightly explained in the video above that InBloom is data gathering for corporations.

Susan Harmon, one of the 5 people on the democrat/union-supported slate for the Jeffco School board, demonstrated her disconnect with parental concern about this excessive data gathering.  She also wrongly thought InBloom was stopped in the school district by the present school board.  It was done by the previous board.

Is she representative of a desire by the entire democrat/union-supported slate to bring InBloom back into our school district?  The five seem to be pretty much aligned across the board to overturn what this board majority has accomplished.   I would not trust them to protect our students and families from extensive data-gathering.

0025_Accomplishments by the Current Colorado Jeffco BOE – refuting recall lies_Letter from Julie Williams

[First published October 6, 2015 – latest edition Oct 18.]

Julie Williams, one of the three majority members of the Colorado Jefferson County Board of Education (Jeffco BOE) sent out a September 9, 2015 First Newslettter to the public. 

She gave examples of what really has been happening on the Jeffco BOE, in contrast to every single accusation on the recall ballot (every accusation is false – a lie). 

We should stop this “Chicago-type corruption” from ever happening again.  It is really dangerous to allow recalls in the middle of terms based on such obvious pure fabrication.  It destroys all credibility and trust in the system that allows such slander (including accusations of criminal behavior) to be printed on ballots.  Somebody is liable for this intentional dishonest defamation of character.  It misleads the voters when such lies are stated as facts on their ballots.

Below is the 2-page, printer friendly version of the Julie-approved  rewrite of her Sept 24, 2015 Newsletter Newsletter.  It is divided into talking point sections with explanations.   It is perfect for a handout.     — Donna Jack

 ______Julie’s 2015-09-24 letter to the public:__________

The Current Colorado Jefferson County Board of Education (Jeffco BOE) Majority
Has strongly emphasized academic achievement and fiscal responsibility.

They have been moving forward achieving great things, even with harassment from the unions and their supporters; disruption at school board meetings; school walk-outs/strikes; and the recall which steals time/money away from school board business.

For 4 years under previous boards, there were no raises for teachers. Teachers even took a pay cut.
(http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/financial_transparency/index.html)

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THE CURRENT BOARD MAJORITY OF REFORM MEMBERS
HAVE ACCOMPLISHED GREAT THINGS: Continue reading