by Laura Welch, parent
published on Douglas County Parent
July 17, 2013
Your audacity astounds me. Over the past few months, several of you have attempted to attend house parties put on by concerned parents, when you were clearly NOT invited. Last night, you sunk to a new low when Mr. Carson entered a private home – without an invitation – and proceeded to intimidate people into giving him time to present an opposing point of view.
As you are all well aware, many parents in this district are not happy with your actions. We are concerned about mismanagement of our tax dollars. We are concerned at the loss of experienced, quality teachers. We are concerned about the loss of academic distinction in our schools. And mostly, we are concerned about how all of this is affecting our kids.
Parents have tried to work with you. For years, many of us attended and spoken at your meetings. We attended and spoke at DAC meetings. We met in small groups with district personnel on a variety of issues. Instead of respectfully acknowledging our concerns, even if you disagreed, you have berated, belittled, and lectured us. As you’re all so fond of saying, you are a publicly elected body, yet your meetings are private, with 50% of them occurring behind closed doors.
It’s very telling that you and the district leadership continue to accuse us, the parents, of spreading misinformation, yet when we ask for specifics on what is incorrect, you are silent. Rather than bully and intimidate your way into private homes, perhaps you should work to mend the broken relationships you created in this district and allow public input back into our schools. In other words, when you invite us to your “party,” we’ll invite you to ours.