Category Archives: Waste

0221_Part 8 HUD/AFFH–June 27, 2017_letter to County Commissioners before their vote

Donna Jack
June 28, 2017

This is a letter to the Jeffco County Commissioners June 27, 2017 — given them yesterday, before I testified:

Commissioners – I appreciate the opportunity to speak.

Commissioner Szabo asked me to sort through colliding opinions about whether or not to accept HOME and CDBG money.

People on both sides are convinced they are looking out for people in this county – both sides are aware of a shortage of housing for seniors, low income working people, etc.

After weeks of interviews and study, I recommend voting against accepting HOME and CDBG money.

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The people I talked with in our county government are working well over 8-hour days, to bring people out of poverty.  They are providing personal counseling, and schooling to train people to become literate and competent, so they can qualify for better jobs.  Some is financed with the help of HUD money.

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People who don’t want us to accept the funding, are also working tirelessly.  They research and inform, and find money to replace HOME and CDBG money. They believe that the federal government should get out of the housing business, so we can have a voice in where and how we live.

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0220_Part 7 HUD/AFFH–June 27, 2017 Colorado Jefferson County, County Commissioners voted unanimously to accept HUD CDBG/HOME money for another year_and begin phasing out of relying on the funding in 2020

Donna Jack
June 28, 2017

For other blogs on this issue, search “HUD/AFFH”

Yesterday the Colorado Jefferson County, County Commissioners voted 3-0 to accept the HUD CDBG/HOME money for another year.

The “new rule for AFFH” will be implemented for Jefferson County in 2020.  The Commissioners passed an amendment which says they will by 2020 begin phasing out of accepting AFFH CDBG/HOME money.

The Commissioners are:

Casey Tighe – democrat
Libby Szabo – republican
Don Rosier – republican

The hearing was from about 6 hours long, with just two or three breaks.

Contact Information
Board of County Commissioners
You can contact them at:
http://jeffco.us/bcc/contact/

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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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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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