Letter to the editor: Let’s keep up the momentum

Posted 9/27/17

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Letter to the editor: Let’s keep up the momentum

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Ironically, the Aug. 31 edition of this newspaper contained a trio of letters critical of the Elevate DC school board candidates along with an article about DougCo schools titled, "Test scores show growth, room for improvement." It seems our students are doing better than ever, but you'd never know that listening to the anti-Elevate folks.

Contrary to the image they want to convey, the anti-Elevate candidates are not a merry quad of "grassroots" residents driven to run in order to correct problems created by the board's reformers. They are supported by a group called Douglas County Parents, a registered political committee. I believe if elected they would likely bring back the teacher's union and return DCSD to the days of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in union salaries, automatic pay raises for all teachers (regardless of performance) and discrimination against charter schools, vouchers and school choice.

In fact, along with higher test scores, changes made by the "reform boards," have significantly reduced administrative spending, while increasing the percentage of educational funds that go to the classroom. Reductions in school funding have come from cuts to the education budget made by our liberal-dominated state government. In addition, graduation rates in our district as well as average ACT scores have gone up, online fiscal transparency has been instituted and school choice has greatly increased.

While change is never easy, recent reforms have earned DCSD a reputation for innovation and creativity in education not the stagnant, "same-ol,' same-ol,'" policies dictated by the teacher's union. A vote for the Elevate team - Ryan Abresch, Grant Nelson, Deb Scheffel and  Randy Mills - is a vote for continued leadership in education that has not only resulted in better test scores, but that puts students first, offers families a host of education options and is fiscally responsible.

Terry P. Beh

Castle Rock

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