Petition Closed
Petitioning State Senator Ted Harvey and 20 others

Refrain from endorsing school board candidates and attend a parent forum

In Colorado, school director elections are nonpartisan and an essential role of school boards is to provide local control over public education. As an elected official, we would like to provide you an opportunity to hear from parents prior to endorsing or promoting any Douglas County school board candidates. It is essential that parents have a voice in determining the direction of our school district, and we are concerned that partisan politics may distort the perspective of the very people our district is here to serve: Douglas County families. We welcome and encourage you to attend a parent forum to hear first hand from active parent leaders in Douglas County.

Letter to
State Senator Ted Harvey
Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge
Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella
and 18 others
Douglas County Assessor Teri Cox
Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Jack Arrowsmith
Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas
Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver
Douglas County Treasurer Diane Holbert
Douglas County Surveyor Delmer H. Hamilton
Douglas County Commissioner Jack Hilbert
State Representative Chris Holbert
Governor John Hickenlooper
State Representative Frank Mcnulty
Representative Cory Gardner
State Representative Polly Lawrence
Senator Mark Udall
Representative Mike Coffman
Senator Michael Bennet
State Representative Carole Murray 2
State Senator Mark Scheffel
18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler
With the upcoming school board election for Douglas County School District (DCSD), several news articles related to the appropriateness of political parties endorsing school board candidates in nonpartisan races have been published. As an elected official, you may be weighing whether you will actively support and endorse the practices of the current school board or school board candidates.

It is essential that parents have a voice in determining the direction of our school district, and we are concerned that partisan politics may distort the perspective of the very people our district is here to serve: Douglas County families. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Strong Schools Coalition (SSC) respectfully asks you to refrain from providing any endorsement for the upcoming nonpartisan school board election without first hearing from parents in DCSD.

The SSC is hosting a community forum at the Highlands Ranch Library on Wednesday September 25, 2013 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., where you will have an opportunity to hear input from many of the most involved parents in Douglas County School District, including our School Accountability Committee (SAC) and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) leaders. There are no selection criteria for the parent audience beyond whether they have served within the past two years on SACs and PTOs in support of their schools.

Given the current state of DCSD, we expect the following topics will be of interest to you and can be discussed directly with parents:
-- Parent Satisfaction
-- Budget Cuts
-- Pay for Performance
-- Public Input
-- Parents’ vision for the future of DCSD

We mention the above topics as they represent significant concerns in DCSD at this time. Not only will you have the opportunity to engage with parents regarding these various topics, you will also be provided with the opportunity to ask questions of your own.

If you are able to attend or send a representative to attend on your behalf, please RSVP to DCSDStrongSchoolsCoalition@gmail.com. If you are unable to attend, a member of the Strong Schools Coalition leadership would be happy to make other arrangements to meet with you and discuss factual data about current levels of parent satisfaction and input in Douglas County School District.

As a constituent, I urge you to participate in the parent forum before making any public endorsements of Douglas County school board candidates.