by Amy DeValk, Parent
Published Highlands Ranch Herald
July 11, 2013
Randy Reed’s guest column is desperate to make people believe that the fight against the reforms in the Douglas County School District is driven by the union. He asks, “Do Douglas County Schools belong to us, or to liberal special-interest groups like the ACLU and the AFL-CIO?” That is an interesting question. Who does this school district belong to? Does it belong to the parents, students and teachers in Douglas County, or does it belong to outside interests with deep pockets?
The outside interests I refer to are not the AFL-CIO or the ACLU. They are outside interests like Alex Cranberg and Ralph Nagel, of the Alliance for School Choice, who donated more than $20,000 to Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorn’s campaigns in 2009. Neither Cranberg nor Nagel is a resident of Douglas County. Alex Cranberg also donated $50,000 to the District’s legal fund for the voucher lawsuit. Additional donations have come from The Daniels Fund, in excess of $500,000, and the Walton Family Foundation at $300,000.The Daniels Fund has given the Douglas County school district $150,000 to create commercials promoting this school board and their reforms. Who is being influenced by outside interests? Does this school district belong to the Alliance for School Choice, The Daniels Fund and the Walton Family Foundation? Or does it belong to the parents, students and teachers who want a say in what is best for our kids and their education?
I am a parent. I am not a union member, union representative or union operative. The union has nothing to do with my concern for the direction of the district. My concern has everything to do with my children, their education and the interests outside of Douglas County that are trying to influence it.