Surprisingly, Support Jeffco Kids (SJK) and I agree on one thing. We don’t like lies or liars. In a post published on October 15th, SJK wrote: It is never okay to lie to get elected. NEVER. I agree, but… Read more >
You only have to listen to the incumbent Board members tell us what they have accomplished in the last two years to realize that they have failed. What do you hear them say most often? They have returned civility to… Read more >
Why wasn’t the decision to close Pleasant View revisited after state funding was more than anticipated?
I don’t understand why the decision to close Pleasant View, and the other February budget cuts for that matter, were not re-examined after the final state funding was more than originally anticipated earlier this year. According to District budget documents,… Read more >
Board didn’t ask single question on accountability when approving $600k in additional Alternative Pathways funding
Let me be clear, I think that Alternative Pathways funding is needed and is a great idea. However, the allocation of that funding is inequitable and there is no District accountability for that funding. In essence, the District doesn’t know… Read more >
During the last Board election in 2015 the National (NEA), State (CEA) and local (JCEA) teachers unions provided nearly $275,000 in support to get the current “clean slate” Board members elected. National Education Association, $150,000 Colorado Education Association, $113,500 Jefferson County… Read more >
From his comments at the SJK Candidates’ Forum in Wheat Ridge last week, Brad Rupert wants us as taxpayers to believe that because of the size of the District, the District’s budget gets very complicated, very quickly. He was implying… Read more >
Publishing a budget so that people can read it does not make the budget transparent. For example, I doubt that anyone, other than someone in District finance, can answer the following budget related questions: Under what budget line item are… Read more >
The incumbent Board members (Ron Mitchell, Brad Rupert and Susan Harmon) violated District policy by electioneering on District property at the candidate forum on September 13th. Yes, that’s right, the people who establish and approve District policies and definitely know… Read more >
Should we believe Support Jeffco Kids or the Colorado Fiscal Transparency Website when it comes to Jeffco’s Budget?
A recent blog post by Support Jeffco Kids (SJK) was titled “Unless You Count $ Twice, There is no Billion Dollar Budget”. This post even led with the sentence “We’ve all heard the fictional story about the billion dollar budget… Read more >
The Board failed on its most important task – hiring a Superintendent who could move the education needle.
Recently, there has been a great deal of self-congratulating on the part of our School District and Superintendent relating to Jeffco’s 2016-2017 test scores. Most recently, we’ve seen an article published by the school district relating to CMAS Achievement. While… Read more >