By Connie Ingram, parent
Submitted to Highlands Ranch Herald
September 5, 2013
It’s ironic that Mr. Zvonek chooses to begin his guest commentary with “the old adage about not trying to fix what isn’t broken”. The Douglas County School District was NOT broken and didn’t need to be fixed before the reformers came in and tried to do just that. Among other concerns, DCSD’s state assessment scores reported by the Colorado Department of Education have decreased in 3 of 4 subject areas since the reformers took over in 2009. Our scores are still above the state average, but not as far above as they were in 2009. As of last year, high school students have lost over 240 hours of instructional time as a minimum graduation requirement. And Mr. Zvonek calls this “positive change”? We DCSD parents can see that these reforms are not working. We must restore our district to its prior excellence and the only way to do so is by electing four new board members that will put sound, proven educational policies back in place.