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The Denver Post thinks we’re a joke. They say that we’re just a “handful of people” that want to hold Easley accountable. Well, as you know from our reports about the unrest and push-back in response to the hostile takeover of the greater Montbello schools, it’s not just a handful. It’s an entire community, and Easley is feeling it. He even now claims he attended a meeting with parents recently!
Well, it’s about time, Nate. But it’s too little, too late.
Here’s how to push back even more
We need your help in responding to the mythology that the Denver Post is hawking. Choose one or all of the following actions:
- Please go to the online version of the article (you can find it here) and post a comment in rebuttal.
- Please send a letter to the editor (the instructions are at the bottom of this email).
- Write an article on your favorite education, community-centered or political blog.
- Share this email with friends using this link: Forward to a Friend.
We’re providing the talking points you can use in your piece, below.
How to send a letter to the Denver Post editors
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (straight text only; no attachments)
Mail: The Open Forum, The Denver Post, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 600, Denver, CO 80202
Guidelines: The Post welcomes letters up to 150 words on topics of general interest. Letters must include full name, home address, day and evening phone numbers, and may be edited for length, grammar and accuracy.
To reach the Denver Post editorial page by phone: 303-954-1331
And don’t forget to copy us on your submission!
Talking points from the “Take back our schools” campaign
The Take Back Our Schools Campaign for DeFENSE (Democrats for Excellent Neighborhood School Education) is a coalition of parents, educators & students leading a grassroots effort in Northeast Denver and Montbello to recall DPS Board of Education president Nate Easley for:
- Being a rubber stamp for the school district, voting nearly 100% the time with corporate backed members of the school board for policies that are not reflective of his constituents’ interests
- Saying he would promote neighborhood schools during his campaign, then when elected voting to increase the number of corporate charter schools
- Saying he would work with teachers collaboratively during his campaign, then when elected conspiring with school officials to fire groups of teachers without a fair process
- Not being responsive to the concerns of the Montbello parents and students when he voted to shut down neighborhood schools without a comprehensive transition plan for students
- Being a “no show” at numerous Northeast Denver community meetings hosted by the school district or concerned community groups
- He did not show up at 3 community meetings held between Oct 2010-Jan 2011 sponsored by the school district to discuss the future vision of schools in Northeast Denver
- He did not show up last year to any of the community meeting at Manual High School during the principal search process
- He did not show up last year to confirmed community-led meetings with the Black Education Advisory Council, the Northeast Community Congress for Education or with concerned Montbello parents
- Holding secret meetings that should have been open to the public in violation of the state’s open meetings law requiring transparency when school district policy is being made;
- He misused the law in an attempt to censure (publicly reprimand) 3 progressive school board members who were invited by a lawyers group to attend an education information meeting
- Engaging in a conflict of interest in his dual roles as DPS Board of Education president and as the Deputy Director of the Denver Scholarship Foundation where he is employed and subject to undue influence related to his votes by school officials who sit on his board (superintendent Tom Boasberg and board member Theresa Pena).
- Using the resources of the his employer, the Denver Scholarship Foundation, to conduct school board business
- Hired a staffer paid for by his employer to conduct DPS public relations business in the community
- Used his employer’s administrative resources to manage his DPS administrative tasks
Thank you for everything you do to ensure an equitable education is available for EVERY child.
The DeFENSE Team