Category Archives: Out-of-Control Spending

0165_Something’s wrong with the “management” of PERA which increased its unfunded liability from nearly $27 billion to $30 billion_Dec. 21 2016 article by Peter Marcus, ColoradoPolitics.com

Donna Jack
December 26, 2016

Expenses for public education have been increasing, and the proportion of our Colorado State Budget spent on public education each year, continues to increase.  This more-than-proportional increase each year, takes a larger chunk of the total of all other costs in our state.  The same goes for county expenses for education.

Part of the problem is the irresponsible amount of money put toward retirement  (also increases in other expenses).   Raises sound great, except the money isn’t there.  Wouldn’t it be best (understatement) to stop with the generosity.

Walker Stapleton has, for years, been trying to influence those in charge of the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) to take measures necessary to reign in reckless wasteful spending, and begin to deal with the $30 billion in unfunded liabilities.

PERA needs to stop acting like “government” and be more responsible with our money.

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By: Peter Marcus, ColoradoPolitics.com
December 21, 2016

Over the protests of Colorado’s state treasurer, the head of the state’s retirement system received a 3 percent salary increase on Tuesday – his second raise in just over a year – bringing his salary to nearly $406,000 in 2017.

Greg Smith, chief executive of the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, also will receive an incentive payment of 20 percent for leading the $47 billion, 300-employee retirement system, which amounts to nearly $79,000. Smith’s current salary is $394,000.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, an ex-officio, voting member of PERA’s board of trustees – and a longtime critic of the system – assailed the raise, pointing out that the pension fund for the state’s more than 547,000 members faces about $30 billion in unfunded liabilities. Continue reading

0140_Why to vote no on 3A and 3B_2016-08-8 –“The Latest Big Education Fad, Social-Emotional Learning [SEL], Is As Bad As It Sounds” By Jane Robbins–Townhall.com

Donna Jack
September 30, 2016/October 4, 2016 version

At this moment, in Jefferson County Colorado, the school district administration, superintendent, all 5 current school board members (who are all union-supported), the education unions, and “education experts”, are pushing for us to cough up more money in November.  They are mistaken to think that this will help or fix declining education.  3A and 3B ask us to finance their failing policies — and to expand them.

On this November’s ballot, VOTE NO ON 3A AND 3B.
— More money to the schools will only make worse
the serious problems we have in education.
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[See post 0139 of this blog for an introduction to SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
and other information.]

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For Jane Robbins’ Aug. 8, 2016 article on SEL– look later in this blog or go directly to it here:

“The Latest Big Education Fad, Social-Emotional Learning, Is As Bad As It Sounds”
By Jane Robbins —
U.S. Department of Education (USED), longs to plumb the psyches of our children

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From Donna Jack:

Everyone who pays taxes is paying for SEL, which is a bad NEW WAY to “eliminate the emotional suffering” that students are mysteriously plagued with these days.  To find one of the biggest causes of the mysterious increase in emotional suffering among people in schools. click here.

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0138_Part-One and New Part-Two video information ads, from Dr. Jill Vecchio M.D., about Amendment 69_vote NO on 69

Donna Jack
September 24, 2016

Part 1 of an informational video Jill Vecchio made about Amendment 69 (ColoradoCare – singlepayer healthcare) is linked in Blog 0131, and is below:

 Jill Vecchio sent out an email September 23, and writes:

Here is Part 2 of our informational video on Amendment 69/ ColoradoCare!

[Jill continues:]

In this video we discuss the Cost Estimates of ColoradoCare and how Costs will be controlled. Continue reading

0132_Frank Francone – some real dangers of Amendment 69 – August 31, 2016 – list of resources about Amendment 69

Donna Jack
September 2, 2016

Below is an email from Frank Francone, talking about some of the real dangers of Amendment 69.  I have added titles and section divisions for easier reading.

After his email are resources to help study and understand Amendment 69.  I hope to have a separate blog with Amendment 69 resources.

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From: Frank Francone <info@healthcareoptionsthatwork.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:12 PM
To: – – –
Subject: The Real Danger

Dear – – – ,

Nobody told me that monsters were real.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing hiding in the closet looking to eat children. . .

What could be such a monstrous threat to Colorado? Amendment 69, also called ColoradoCare.

ColoradoCare is a ballot initiative to implement mandatory single-payer healthcare – at a cost of OVER $38 BILLION.

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0131_Jill Vecchio’s most recent YouTube exposing Amendment 69_and Lundberg Amendment 69 trifold link

Donna Jack
September 2, 2016

Blog 0128_Dr. Jill Vecchio explaining in online video why to Vote NO on Amendment 69 — It will be on this November’s ballot.

Here is a link to the entire 12-page proposed Amendment 69 Initiative measure.  Become familiar with this document.  Check it against any explanation booklet you see.

Senator Kevin Lundberg put together an excellent analysis of Amendment 69, in the form of a tri-fold, that you can print out.

It is important that we work to keep Colorado from having Single-Payer Health Care.   we would be the first state to implement it – having one federally controlled healthcare plan across the country is the goal.  This would give the federal government the control to make all of our healthcare decisions for us — disastrous and dangerous.

Below is linked Jill Vecchio’s recent YouTube on the 2016 Amendment 69 produced by Healthcare Options that Work:

Also look at previous Blogs addressing Amendment 69, which is among many horrible initiatives and amendments that will be on your ballot in a few weeks.   Click on the spyglass at the top of this blog, type in “Amendment 69”  and press “enter.”  Or you can go to the bottom of this blog for a listing of resources on Amendment 69.

Frank Francone sent out this email August 31, 2016.  Note:  I have added titles and divided the email to make it easier to read.

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0120_Summary of education issues in the 2016-2017 school year_Bond and Mill Levy Override (taxes) to be on November ballot__Data-gathering video and transcript_PERA — by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
July 26, 2016/edited July 27, 2016 10:30 PM

THIS IS A SUMMARY BLOG OF MANY EDUCATION ISSUES.

School Board meeting Thursday, July 28, 2016.

July 22nd, Helen Neal sent out a notice of the first 2016-2017 school year Jefferson County Colorado School Board (Jeffco BOE) special meeting – study/dialogue session.  Helen is Chief of Staff Superintendent/Board of Education.  Near the end of this blog is a link with more information and information about the meeting.  There you will find information telling you how to get on the notification email list concerning all school board meetings (three or more a month).
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Because of what public schools have become, I am sad

to see the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Jefferson County, Colorado.  I have witnessed this mess progressively developing since I became aware of the problems in the 1960s.

Some of you may not be aware that schools are not what the taxpayer thinks they are paying for.

Some things that sadden me:

Parents, once again, will be told how great their children are doing (or how miserable they are doing, and that they need to be put on drugs, and fixed by the system).  Parents  will be told how wonderful the schools are, and how excellent their school district is, compared to other school districts (but not told that all school districts keep declining every year).

Most students will be stressed because of all the pressure to “perform” — caused by the lack of tools they have been given to succeed in school (like reading!).  A huge percentage of students are put on mind-control drugs to make them more docile/compliant.  Most kids don’t want to  hurt their teachers and their school, so their own failures to perform will put more pressure on them — they will miss the chance to experience excitement in learning and the adventure of exploring and discovering — they will not enjoy school — they will be dumbed down.

Teachers will be overburdened and discouraged by the controls and requirements that will be forced on them.  They will use their teaching skills less this year,  and they will increasingly be relegated to being “room monitors” while “experts” and computers will individually “school each student.”   They will continue gathering every bit of information they possibly can, on each of their students, and coordinating with every person who has contact with each student.  All the information on a child will continue to be gathered and placed on a dashboard, to make it easier for each child to be analyzed by more people.

The public will be told that the schools must have more money, in order to better teach students.  It is not true.  Increased amounts of money keep being poured into the schools — and the results are:  more social experiments and social engineering — less education — less morality — and more poorly-educated people.

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0104_SJTP Discussion of proposed Constitutional Amendment and Proposed Ballot Initiatives_Stealing our money and liberty away from us_instructions how to use and search this website

Donna Jack
June 12, 2016

[Note:  Blog 0103 explains how to sign up to attend, to testify,
or to watch school board meetings from home,
live-streamed, or after the fact.]

The amendment and Initiatives that are
briefly discussed in this blog 0104, are listed below:

[You can hold down the “Ctrl”  “f” keys together, lift your hands from the keyboard, then type the number or name of the amendment, initiative or subject listed below, to find the very brief discussion of each item listed.  Hit “enter” until you find no more locations in this blog for what you are searching.]

Amendment 69
Initiatives 78 and 75
Jeffco School District Bond
Initiative 101
Initiative 117
A Mil Levy Override in Jefferson County
Bond Package
Tabor review
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Today I got an email from Frank, a leader in the South Jeffco Tea Party.  In just a few sentences, he reported on the June 9th meeting they had.   You can read their brief summary of some of the things that will be on our November ballot.

One thing they didn’t mention at that meeting, but probably will at next month’s meeting, is a Mil Levy Override.  The Jeffco School Board will talk about and then take action on the Facilities Master Plan, the Bond, and the Mill Levy Override at this coming school board meeting Thursday (June 16).

Consider testifying before our school board on Thursday, June 16.  Let people know what our school board is planning to do.

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Below is the email Frank sent out:

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0103_Information blog: June 14 and 16 BOE meetings_Tabor review, Bond and Mil Levy override_How to attend/testify/watch from home_(and take part in future meetings)

Donna Jack
June 11, 2016

This is an informational blog for this upcoming week, this summer and the upcoming school year.

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What is on the agenda for each of the upcoming Jefco BOE meetings:
June 14th and June 16th?
[Click on the appropriate meeting date when you get to the link on the website.]

At the June 14th meeting:

2. Study/Dialogue Session
2.01 TABOR Review with Charlie Brown (EL-11)
2.02 Initial Direction on Facilities Master Plan (EL-7, 8)

2.03 Initial Direction on Mill Levy Override (EL-7)
At the June 16th meeting:
2. Study/Dialogue Session
2.01 Public Hearing: Facilities Master Plan, Bond, Mill Levy Override (EL-11)

2.02 Direction on Facilities Master Plan (EL-8)
2.03 Direction on Bond Package

2.04 Direction on Mill Levy Override (EL-11)

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0087_Good explanation of COPs (Certificates of Participation) _ Jeffco COPs–Whatcha gonna do when they come for you–by Joshua Sharf Jan 29, 2015

Donna Jack
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

0083_Government Give-Away Programs_Title 1_Gifted and Talented, etc.

Donna Jack
March 27, 2016

excerpts from:  WHAT IS TITLE 1 FUNDING?
http://www.formulafairness.com/title1

1. – “ ‘Title I’ is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students”

2. – “If a school district qualifies for Title I funding, it is entitled to the money. However, the district must submit to the state education agency a plan for how it will use the funds to improve academic achievement among disadvantaged students.”

3. – “ ‘Disadvantaged’ students are those who come from low-income families, are in foster homes, or are neglected or delinquent, or who live in families receiving temporary assistance from state governments.

4. – “The districts have wide discretion in determining how the money is to be used. About 83% of Title I money is used for programs serving pre-K through 8th grade. These programs must specifically serve students who are failing to meet academic standards or at risk of failing because they are disadvantaged. However, if more than 40% of the students in a school qualify as disadvantaged, the school is allowed to run ‘schoolwide’ programs that serve all students, not just the disadvantaged.”

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A FRIEND TOLD ME OF HER YEARS WORKING WITH TITLE 1 FUNDS

I recently visited with a friend who for years had been in charge of deciding how to distribute Title 1 funds in her school district. The process she went through was extremely complicated and I found it most interesting.

Over the years, she witnessed the number and percentage of Title 1 recipients grow rapidly. Continue reading