As you probably heard, board president Nate Easley is in a lather about three board members accepting an invitation from the Colorado Lawyers Committee to attend a meeting about their concerns about the plans for the Montbello area schools. They are accused of violating the Colorado open meetings law, which we feel is a charge without merit and which is a distraction from the real business of the board.
Apparently, the teacher’s union has gotten a legal opinion about this situation. This just in from the DCTA website:
“We felt it necessary to set the record straight as soon as possible,” stated Henry Roman, DCTA president. “Thursday night, the DPS school board will be deciding the fate of several schools, hundreds of teachers and a large number of our student population.
This time ought to be spent carefully listening to DPS patrons on these issues – instead of wasting time on internal DPS Board issues. If there had been a violation of the law – there might be a reason to discuss it – but this legal opinion clearly states that is not the case. We urge the Board to concentrate on the business they were elected to do Thursday night – instead of engaging in false accusations of one another.”
Instead of targeting members that are pushing for more community engagement and the equitable treatment of English-language learners and special-needs students, why not instead focus on these areas? Nate Easley, don’t you have better things to focus on?