Letter: It’s time for transparency, not deception

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Why would Jeffco Schools administrators want to deceive the public about the matter of “furry” activity in our public schools? CBS News last week rexposed the district officials — all the way to the superintendent — knew about the issue, yet denied it was happening.

It should make us wonder what else is going on in classrooms that public officials don’t want us to know about. Our public schools are not a secret society where the powerful get to do what they want behind closed doors. It’s time for transparency, not deception.

One thing we know for sure, Jeffco Schools has a school policy (below) prohibiting teachers from telling parents when their child has requested to be called by another name or other gender pronouns. Again...why? The district must think they know better than a child’s parents about what is good for the child. Nonsense.

It is time to pass Colorado legislation to expand school choice programs so parents can choose where their education tax dollars are spent. And, it’s time to resurrect former State Rep. Tim Geitner’s bill from last year that would bring curriculum transparency to our public schools.

[District Regulations - Jeffco Public Schools/ Section J - Transgender Students/ Code JB R-1 states: “School staff shall not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender status to others, including parents” and...”when contacting the parent or guardian of a transgender student, school staff should use the student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth...”]

Mark W. Salley, Arvada

 

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