May 5, 2011
DPS Board of Directors, and Superintendent,
You have seen me at board meetings, some of you have seen me at events and locations within the Far Northeast as well as in other communities. Director Pena, we spoke at one of the A+ meetings held in the Far Northeast where I asked you to “do the math” before supporting the ”turnaround” plans for Far Northeast.
I joined the board meeting/conference call held Monday, May 2, 2011; subsequent to that call, I want you to know that I am disappointed in and disgusted by your willful and blatant disregard for the law, the teachers, the staff, the students, the parents, the community members, and the school process mandated by SB 08-130 to govern approval of innovation (autonomous) schools.
I am whole-heatedly supportive of improving education, the access to education, and the system of education for ALL students in the existing public schools which are supported by 60% of my personal property tax dollars.
I am supportive of sincere and honest efforts to respect and include students, teachers, parents and communities in the development and implementation of educational plans which affect us as stakeholders in the Far Northeast.
I am supportive of the DPS board, administrators, and staff – including yourselves – respecting and following the requirements of Senate Bill 08-130 Innovations School Act in all matters concerning the application and approval of such schools.
On Monday, May 2, 2011, Superintendent Boasberg, DPS President Easley, along with Directors Pena, Hoyt, and Seawall demonstrated a blatant disregard for the process of consent – by administrators, teachers, other school employees, students, parents, school advisory councils, and community members - required by SB 08-130 to approve innovation schools.
I object – along with thousands of other residents in the Far Northeast – to the mass privatization of our public schools in the Far Northeast where I live.
I object to subjecting teachers; especially those who are minority and pension-invested, employed in the Far Northeast “turnaround” schools, to at-will firings and the so-called reduction in building process. I object that you and other proponents of the “turnaround” process did not have to sit before those teachers to see their faces when they cried.
I object to mass, ivy league, non-credentialed, 5 and 6-week trainees being hired to replace stellar, credentialed, experienced, mostly minority teachers in the Far Northeast.
I object to the blatant disregard of the expressed wishes and needs of students, parents, and community members in the Far Northeast.
When you visit your doctor or designated hospital, God forbid that you and/or your family will be forced to be treated by non-certified, non-licensed, inexperienced, 5-6 week trainees who have been hired to replace certified, licensed, experienced physicians, nurses and staff because corporatist think that somehow the goal is all that matters. Intelligent people realize that the goal is important but, who takes you there and how you get to your destination are essential.
As elected officials of the “people” who elected you, you owe your constituents the respect and dignity to be PRESENT in your communities, to LISTEN, and to VOTE THEIR WISHES – that is why you were elected.
Speaking OF the children does not equate to working FOR the children. Supporters of the so-called “turnaround” plans, school reform, and the charter school movement seem to operate as though they are preparing for a poor kids Christmas party (charter schools) where exciting “presents” (various school curricula) can be opened, and there, the children and families will sing Christmas songs (hale to the charter schools) and the communities will realize how wonderful the givers (turnaround/reform supporters) are. Ignored was that the givers didn’t ask the parents what the kids needed or what they wanted them to have. The kids are pleased for only a short time because the “presents” were not what they really needed, or wanted.
The DPS board of directors and superintendent tip-toeing around 900 Grant Street hiding injustices is not the same as parents tip-toeing round their houses, hiding Christmas presents.
“The power of the people is more powerful than the people in power.” Perhaps that is what you are fearful of; however, if you are a part of the people, you are a part of the power.
Far Northeast Denver resident