November 2015

Larsen says farewell to Douglas County School Board — 11/23/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Kevin Larsen took time to reflect on several occasions at his final Douglas County School Board meeting.

Guest Commentary: 10 steps to improve student learning — 11/22/15 (Denver Post)
Every student in Colorado takes the ACT in 11th grade. It is the last comprehensive measure we have of the cumulative result of the taxpayers’ investment in 12 years (K-11) of their education.

Homeless in Douglas County: School district’s liaison works with youths — 11/18/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Every high school and middle school in Castle Rock, Parker and Highlands Ranch has a population of homeless students.

Douglas County School Board to vote on ‘Balanced Instruction and Critical Thinking’ resolution — 11/18/15
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – A Douglas County School Board resolution that would direct teachers’ lessons on controversial topics is proving to be controversial with the community. The Board is set to vote on the issue during their meeting Wednesday night, which also happens to be the last meeting before the newly elected board takes office.

Dougco sues state in enrollment count dispute — 11/11/15 (Chalkbeat – Colorado)
The Douglas County school district has made good on its threat to sue the state Department of Education in a $4.2 million dispute over counting of high school students.

School board must blend old, new — 11/9/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Despite philosophical differences in their approach to education, board members on different sides of the election campaign are pledging to work together in the best interests of students.

Painted cars told story of support in school race — 11/9/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
For the past few months, cars across Douglas County have been driving around with the names of David Ray, Anne-Marie Lemieux and Wendy Vogel painted on their rear windows.

School board winners must be sworn in — 11/9/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Before David Ray, Anne-Marie Lemieux and Wendy Vogel can be sworn in to their newly won seats on the Douglas County School Board, the county must first certify election results.

Voters like those in JeffCo may not be rejecting all reforms — 11/7/15 (Denver Post)
Voters in Colorado and around the country last week ousted several conservative school board members who pushed reform movements supported by big money.

Guest Commentary: In Colorado, real school reform is winning — 11/6/15 (Denver Post)
Thanks to a Kansas City Royals-esque late-inning comeback in the middle of the night, reform candidates in Denver Public Schools extended their winning streak in Board of Education elections here to seven. Reform candidates were 4-0 in 2013 and 3-0 this year, again shutting out anti-reform candidates who received big money from the teachers union’s goliath political operation.

Jeffco superintendent Dan McMinimee’s job safe for now — 11/4/15 (Denver Post)
With the dust clearing on a tumultuous recall election in Jefferson County and a significant turnover on the Douglas County school board, newly elected leaders in both school districts spent Wednesday mapping out the future.

Why Colorado conservative education reformers lost Tuesday — 11/4/15 (Chalkbeat- Colorado)
After a string of electoral successes, conservative school reform candidates in Colorado were dealt harsh blows this week in elections swung by issues that were both intensely local and part of broader battles over power, money and change in American education.

Ideological tides shift in four key districts — 11/4/15 (Chalkbeat – Colorado)
The tale of Tuesday’s changes in school board politics was told in four key districts — Jefferson County, Douglas County, Thompson and Colorado Springs District 11.

Dougco board incumbents go down to defeat — 11/4/15 (Chalkbeat – Colorado)
The three challengers for seats on the Douglas County school board easily ousted conservative incumbents in Tuesday’s election.

Challengers take seats on Douglas County School Board — 11/3/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
The three challengers for Douglas County School Board posted resounding victories Nov. 3.

Douglas County School Choice Fair set for Nov. 12 — 11/2/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
The Douglas County School District will host its second annual Choice Fair Nov. 12. The event be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.