By Mason Barnard, former DCSD student
Published October 30, 2013
Denver Post Your Hub
Over the past 4 years, Douglas County Schools have been under attack—not by budget cuts, not by teachers’ unions, but by the Douglas County School Board. Politics, not education, is the main goal of the current board members. They follow party lines in the construction of their policies, undermining the foundations and principles of public education.
When I entered Highlands Ranch High School in 2008, DCSD was one of the highest performing districts in the state, with dedicated teachers and numerous academic and extracurricular offerings. By graduation in 2012, my academic options were reduced, and the District’s talented teachers were being forced out—all in the name of “innovation”.
But “innovation” is a misnomer for the Board’s attempts to fix an already effective system. They repaired little at the cost of students’ futures and now it is finally time for the voters to fix their own mistakes.