By Jason Virdin, parent
Submitted to Our Colorado News
August 20, 2013
Keith Wanklyn wrongly assumes in his letter to the editor printed August 15, that any coordinated effort existed by “union thugs who organized anti-Douglas County Schools letters to the editor.” I suspect it’s hard for some to believe that seven School Board members and one Superintendent could wreak so much havoc on a once-great school district in so few years that they might compel so many parents to speak out, but it’s true. This was no organized effort, and the conditions in Douglas County School District really have deteriorated that badly. I recognize many of those names of concerned parents. We are involved parents who volunteer in the schools and see the ill effects of this board’s policies first hand.
Mr. Wanklyn likely assumes that the parents and teachers who spoke out at the August 6 BoE meeting (article in the August 15 issue) were organized by “union thugs” as well, but once again he would be wrong. Teachers who left the district, not over union issues, but because of how poorly they had been treated and how misguided the Board of Education is in their educational policies, spoke out on the same night. They didn’t speak out under the organization of any union, but instead at the suggestion of and organization of one parent. I know this because I am that parent. Voters see through the false claims of union involvement, and this November, they will take back the district from the ideologues who have hijacked it.