Letter to the editor: Elect board members who listen

Posted 10/4/17

Two of my grandchildren are enrolled in Douglas County elementary schools and I am concerned about the upcoming school board elections and the future of public education.

Things that bother me: …

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Letter to the editor: Elect board members who listen

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Two of my grandchildren are enrolled in Douglas County elementary schools and I am concerned about the upcoming school board elections and the future of public education.

Things that bother me: High teacher turnover, lack of support for classroom teachers, the inability to hire and retain quality teachers when this district used to be one of the best  and was supportive of those qualities. The lack of transparency and communication from the board to the community.  Eleven schools are on an improvement plan, where there used to be none.

There already are ample school choices. public, charter, private.  If we make schools compete against each other, kids lose, communities lose.  If we make all schools high performing, our kids can go anyplace and it is a win for us all.  We are the fifth wealthiest county in the nation, yet our education spending is an embarrassment and we are falling further behind.

What we need to bring back is the culture of respect, trust and support for our teachers so we retain the very best by electing board members who listen to teachers, the public, taxpayers/community members.  We need smart fiscal management. Property values are strongly tied to good schools and the reason many people move to our community.

That is why Graziano, Holtzmann, Leung and Schor, who are supportive of these issues, have my vote, and I hope they have yours.

Edie Hanahan

Castle Rock

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