The tide has definitely turned against corporate-reform darling, Nate Easley. But don’t take our word for it. Read just a few of the letters to the editor and other pieces written in response to the cloying propaganda printed by the Denver Post to try to save him.
These are the letters that the Denver Post are too afraid to publish. Read on…
I am one of the 190 who were rubber stamped for non-renewal last May. Dr. Easley, School Board President, not only rubber stamped all principals’ decisions despite the public showing at the May meeting but condemned the two board members that stood up for the nationally certified and highly qualified experienced personnel that were up for non-renewal.
Even more concerning is his current conduct regarding Montbello. It is easy for DCIS and other magnet schools to look perfect because they only take the students that fit best into their program and conveniently as well as legally get rid of any student that does not make them look great. To be fair Denver Post should report the number of students originally accepted into magnet schools that do not graduate from that school. But then, with my ties to DC politics, I don’t expect any news agency to present a balanced point of view.
DPS is completely within it’s legal rights to ignore parents wishes, non-renew highly qualified/nationally certified experienced personnel, and will continue on its current path with the support of Dr. Easley, Mr. Boasberg and the rest of Grant Street or Fox Street.
I personally have moved on to better districts and better jobs, but I had the flexibility as a single person without children with a paid for home and car, to live off of unemployment until January 2011.
This is a classic game disinformation and propaganda by the Post and the “reformers.” Every time someone is against their interests, they take out the bogeyman, the union. It’s such a lie. The right and the middle see unions as bad, so it’s a great way to distract from the argument of Nate being a patsy for the status quo.
It’s not a union vs. Nate/”reformers” battle, but a battle against 5 years of incompetence vs. real improvement. The reformers and Nate want the status quo, which is effectively bankrupting our future. Our side wants revolutionary change, something reformers haven’t been able to give us after 5 years of empty promises. As for the union, they are as weak as most every union in this country and they are not the motivating force behind the recall. It’s people who are fed up waiting for these dramatic changes that Bennet/Boasberg have promised who are behind the recall.
To the Denver Post:
The editorial deriding the recall of Denver School Board president Nate Easley reads like an effort to disenfranchise parents from neighborhood schools. It is parents who want neighborhood schools strengthened rather than closed and replaced. It is parents who don’t accept the only option for school reform is a privatized charter. It is parents–not unions and teachers–who show up at DPS’s “input” meetings, only to realize DPS secretly plans school closures far in advance with a charter already chosen, and such meetings are complete hooey. It is parents who experience the district’s failure to support what works (a successful math program) or remove what doesn’t (inept principals) and then watch in horror as DPS and its board deems the school a failure and replaces it with an unproven charter.
The district has stonewalled parents for so long that the Post shouldn’t underestimate the number of angry people. Easley’s transgression is not his beliefs about reform, but his failure to acknowledge what his constituents want for their children’s schools. His recall is about Denver parents regaining a voice in their schools.
Dear Editorial Staff of the Denver Post,
Please find below my letter in regard to yesterday’s editorial, “School board member’s recall would be setback.”
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has the Denver Post’s Editorial Board as speed dial number two, right behind that of DPS Superintendent, Tom Boasberg. It seems that those who live and send their kids to schools in suburban America believe that they know more about fixing urban public schools than the parents whose children attend those neighborhood schools. Hundreds of us parents have volunteered countless hours in Denver’s neighborhood schools solely to benefit the kids. We know how to fix Denver’s schools. When will our superintendent come to us for help and advice? When will our school board members stand up to our superintendent and demand that he fix our neighborhood schools rather than pronounce them failures and replace them with privately-run institutions? Does the Rocky Mountain News have to come back to life to force the Denver Post to return to good journalism? That is no joke.
DPS Parent & Graduate
And one of our favorite allies, Sabrina Stevens Shupe, just penned a wonderfully eloquent indictment of Easley. As she says,”…good leaders make sure to stay connected to those they serve, to make a case for why change is necessary, and to do their best to ensure that the final decision reflects the whole community’s interests, not just those of its most powerful members, or those with whom they already agree.” We certainly agree with that sentiment.
Read Sabrina’s smackdown of Nate Easley here. As one of our core organizers likes to say, “no, no Nate!”