Letter to the editor: Vote yes for our schools

Posted 9/25/18

Vote yes for our schools Those who have lived in Douglas County for a long time know that the last three decades have brought a lot of change. When my children were little, Douglas County was …

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Letter to the editor: Vote yes for our schools

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Vote yes for our schools

Those who have lived in Douglas County for a long time know that the last three decades have brought a lot of change.

When my children were little, Douglas County was a destination district for young families. Unfortunately, the current state of our schools is distressed. From 2009-17, our board of education intentionally defunded education and hurt our kids.

Thankfully, our newly elected board is eager to return value to our children’s educations and lives. Because of Colorado’s constitutional constraints, the best solutions for schools now happen at the local level. Douglas County has not helped its own children and schools since passing a funding measure in 2006. In 2017, Colorado teacher salaries were ranked 31st, but Douglas County teacher salaries were even lower. Our average teacher pay falls $19,000 below a Cherry Creek School District teacher’s pay. Our children cannot escape these significant and negative consequences.

We have become a training ground for other districts. New teachers start out in Douglas County School District and quickly move onto surrounding districts, where they can earn a living wage. 

DCSD has pinched pennies over the last 10 years, but it is not sustainable. We live in a prosperous community. A successful school district adds value to our property and our community and creates a new generation that can lead for our future. We can do better and our kids deserve way better. Doing what helps children is always good and right. We all need to vote YES on 5A&B.

Maggie Bierbaum

Larkspur

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