A friend just sent me a link to a site with YouTube videos of corruption connected with the 2014 Jefferson County school board election. There are also several articles on that site as well. Below you can link to them all.
[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.
[published Oct. 16, 2015 – updated Oct. 18, 2015/April 28, 2017, added links to 14 more videos about corruption in Jefferson County School District – Colorado]
This is the first of at least two posts about the May 1, 2014 Jefferson County Colorado General Board of Education meeting at Bear Creek High School. It shows the lack of respect on the side of the unions. The two democrats on the school board never once tried to get the crowd to calm down and be considerate.
See at the end of the blog links to other informative YouTube videos.
Below is a video titled “Bullying 101 – A Lesson in Civics” by Pundit Pete.
The Denver Post Editorial Board said the recall effort should be rejected because of all the false statements in the ballot language for the recall of the Jefferson County (Jeffco) School Board Majority candidates. The only thing that the Post Editorial Board said was true on the ballot, was the accusation of attempted US History censorship. But they were mistaken.
They got it almost right. Actually every claim on the recall ballot about censorship was false.
Jeffco School Board member Julie Williams had simply recommended an independent citizen curriculum review committee should look at curriculum and report directly to the school board their findings.
She was not alone in her concerns about the leftist 2014 AP US History Framework that painted the United States in a horrible light. People across the country, including Historians, opposed the 2014 AP US History Framework.
The College Board finally admitted their gross left bias and censorship. They published a new 2015 AP US History Framework and claimed that they had corrected their interpretation of our history. The truth is, they didn’t.
Julie Williams was right. The Denver Post Editorial Board just is unaware of these facts.]
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.
______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.
Jeffco school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, who are the target of a recall, were interviewed on camera recently at Evergreen Newspapers about the major decisions they’ve made since being elected to the board in 2013, and about their thoughts on the recall.
This is a 55-minute video interview with Roger Kimball, an art critic and political commentator. In the interview Kimball shares some of his background; talks about his book Tenured Radicals; speaks about the condition of our higher education which affects all of society; defines terms connected with “the academy” (higher education; and defines terms like: deconstruction, humanist and nihilism.
He says we should care about philosophies of Rome and Greece to understand where we come from.
He considers himself to be a neoconservative as defined by Irving Crystal as “a liberal who has been bugged by reality.”
An excerpt from the YouTube summary:
“The book critiques the ways in which humanities are currently taught and studied in American universities. The book takes the stance that modern humanities have become politicized while seeking to subvert ‘the tradition of high culture embodied in the classics of Western art and thought’. Kimball claims that yesterday’s radical thinker has become today’s tenured professor carrying out ‘ideologically motivated assaults on the intellectual and moral substance of our culture.'”