Category Archives: School Bonds

0161_School Tax Failure had Roots In Recall_Dec. 17, 2016 opinion piece by John J. Newkirk (former Colorado Jeffco School Board Member recalled)

Donna Jack
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.

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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

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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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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