• Petitioned Douglas County School Board

This petition was delivered to:

Douglas County School Board

Improve Transparency and Schedule a Special Meeting

    1. Strong Schools Coalition CO
    2. Petition by

      Strong Schools Coalition CO

      Littleton, CO

A key component for building trust and cohesiveness in a school district revolves around transparency and accountability. On July 26, the school board held a Special Meeting dedicated to obtaining legal advice regarding statutory notice requirements for the upcoming election. The majority of the meeting was held behind closed doors (see video). At the conclusion of the meeting, President Carson provided the following statement, "“There are important educational reform issues in our school district and these are important to our electorate. Under the law we must reserve a potential spot on the ballot at least 100 days before the election and any final decision on this question will be made by the Board in late August.”

When asked what measures are under consideration for the November election, Carson responded that the reform efforts are still under deliberation and declined to comment. The public is eager to listen and ready to engage with the Board, but are at a distinct disadvantage when conversations are held behind closed doors.

The law and policy of this state affirm that the formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret. The intent of the Open Meetings Law is to ensure that the public has access to meetings, including school board meetings, at which public business is considered. The law guarantees that citizens will be given a greater opportunity to become fully informed on issues of public importance so that meaningful participation in the decision-making process may be achieved.

This public petition is the third request made to the Board of Education. The first request was made by email on August 2nd (click here to read); the second attempt was made during Public Comment on August 7th (click here to read).

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Survey stirs questions about ballot issue

      Strong Schools Coalition CO
      Petition Organizer

      A research firm is conducting a survey of some Douglas County residents about school district issues that include potential ballot questions, but district officials say they know little about it. Given the lack of transparency, it is difficult to know if this survey is related to the potential issues for the November ballot under deliberation by the school board.

    3. Open Letter to Other Education Organizations

      Strong Schools Coalition CO
      Petition Organizer

      An open letter was sent to other organizations dedicated to educational issues in Douglas County asking them to endorse our petition and to encourage their members to sign.

      "As an organization dedicated to educational issues to support children, we felt compelled to reach out to you to ask for your endorsement on a petition currently underway to improve transparency by Douglas County School Board. Transparency is a critical component for building trust and cohesiveness for a school district and is an issue we can all agree is fundamental to a strong and thriving community..."

      To read the entire Open Letter, visit www.StrongSchoolsCoalition.com.

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. Read today's commentary in EdNews -- call for greater transparency

      Strong Schools Coalition CO
      Petition Organizer

      This article provides a more detailed explanation of the why it is critical to sign this petition. We are nearly half-way to making our goal of 500 signatures. Help us send a message that transparency matters.

    6. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Katherien Dorman CASTLE ROCK, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      give the educators in the district a voice!

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    • Natalie Barnard LITTLETON, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      It is our kids education that this BOE is completely messing with and the laws they are breaking are killing me - stop the madness

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    • Judy Shouse LITTLETON, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a recently retired Douglas County teacher deeply concerned about the direction the school board has taken in politicizing its position regarding the Douglas County Schools. In addition, my grandchildren attend Douglas County schools at my recommendation that it is an outstanding district in which to educate children. It is disturbing to see the current disregard for the teachers and staff members whose hard work and dedication has built a school district widely recognized as being outstanding. I would challenge each of the current board members to spend a full week shadowing a teacher and/or staff member before continuing any further on their current course of thought and action toward the district employees.

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    • Nancilee Korth PARKER, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because the school board should not have a political agenda.

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    • LAWRENCE CRAMM PARKER, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      Our society is not like Russia. We are supposed to be open and a society run by the people, not a select few.

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