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Letter to the Editor: Don't be fooled again

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This fall voters will be asked to select a school board. Two years ago, all community members, teachers and students were misled into recalling three school board members.

After the election, it came out that the union groups spent two years working on the recall and spent nearly $300,000 in recall propaganda under the group “Jeffco United for Action.”
Since then at national teacher’s union meeting, the Jeffco union led a training seminar on “Building a Comprehensive Plan to Win” about their “two-year plan” to win the recall in Jeffco.
In 2015, local leaders made voters and teachers believe that the recall was a grassroots effort and money was raised by selling T-shirts and yard signs.

We were all mislead. Worse, verbiage on the voters’ ballot also proved to be false (disappointing that information on a ballot is not fact checked).

Fast forward two years and another school board election. We need to decide if it is time for balance on the Jeffco school board. I am disappointed in the current board’s lack of addressing low student achievement.
Now 50 percent of third graders do not meet reading or math benchmarks. Seven of 10 11th graders failed to meet all four career and college benchmarks on the 2016 ACT.

And this board hired a superintendent who has a million-dollar compensation package, while enrollment is declining.
Now the board wants to spend $50 million to move sixth graders to middle school, building even more classrooms and putting more small schools at risk of being closed.

Don’t you think that money could be better spent in the classrooms improving student achievement?

I support Matt Van Gieson and Erica Shields because I believe they will bring balance to the school board. They will address low student performance and bring fiscal responsibility to the board.

Peggy Ralph,
Lakewood

Peggy Ralph

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