Letter: Slate is the right choice

Posted 8/16/17

In 2017, the usually ho-hum school board election is grabbing national attention. The Elevate Douglas County candidates Randy, Ryan, Debora and Grant are running to sustain educational excellence for …

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Letter: Slate is the right choice

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In 2017, the usually ho-hum school board election is grabbing national attention. The Elevate Douglas County candidates Randy, Ryan, Debora and Grant are running to sustain educational excellence for Douglas County children.

Randy Mills, an entrepreneur and electrician, provides an energized focus on vocational training. Ryan Abresch, a former deputy district attorney and father of a first-grader, will safeguard parental options for children's education. Debora Scheffel graduated from DU with a master's degree in special education, taught in Douglas County, served on the Colorado State Board of Education and is the current dean of Colorado Christian University's School of Education. CU Buff and entrepreneur Grant Nelson, a real estate business owner, brings years of business experience to the board. His three children attend Douglas County schools.

Vote for Randy, Ryan, Debora and Grant for a positive impact on the Douglas County School Board with stability, respect and value.

Helen Mitchell

Parker

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Parent in DCSD

It is telling that the reform majority board members are not running again. This is just reform 2.0 - nothing new. They will continue the same ruinous policies which have wasted taxpayer dollars, caused a high amount of turnover, and lowered academic performance.

Vote Graziano, Holtzmann, Leung and Schor to get our district back on track.

Wednesday, August 16
ThomasH

Douglas County has 2/3 the land area of Rhode Island but DCSD students almost exclusively come from a northern triangle with a base on County Line Road and a southern vertex in Castle Rock. The rest of the county makes negligible contributions to the DCSD student population. When schools in DCSD get better (asymptotically approaching the quality on the NORTH side of County Line Road), the property values in the northern triangle (current or potential residences for DCSD students) are improved. The relationship between public school (or public ANYTHING) quality and property values is less apparent outside the northern triangle. In the USA, wealthy suburbs have produced excellent school districts for decades and copying good examples rather than innovation is all that is required to succeed. If areas outside the northern triangle of DCSD simply want a less expensive rural school district with more freedom and fewer resources, then why not break away to achieve that goal? Why should the rural areas of DCSD without students tell the suburban areas that they cannot fund schools the way that Cherry Creek does? The urban-rural divide in the USA is enormous and growing. Why can't we just agree that these areas want different things out of a school district and go our own separate ways? When school districts operate in an economy of relative abundance, there simply are not so many fights about charters, vouchers, choice, and you name it. When all the options are great, choice is not that critical. There are rational justifications for rural Douglas County simply wanting something different out of a school district than does suburban Douglas County. There are defined civilized mechanisms for sub-dividing school districts published by the CDE. Why not use these mechanisms and have suburban and rural DCSD go their own separate ways?

Thursday, August 17