by Stefanie Fuhr, Parent
Published in Highlands Ranch Herald
July 11, 2013
According to Dougco School Board Director Doug Benevento, the Douglas County School District debate is about the union versus parents, teachers, and students. This is a bold faced lie. The debate in Douglas County is about our parents, teachers, and students verses outside reform minded influences on our public schools – just follow the money trail.
These are the facts. The main voices fighting for our public schools are parent and community driven and have no union ties. Strong Schools Coalition – no union influence. Taxpayers for Public Education – no union influence. Douglas County Parents – no union influence. Voices for Public Education – no union influence. Facebook’s SPEAK – no union influence. Facebook’s Involved Douglas County Teachers and Citizens – no union influence. Instead we are parents, teachers, community members and students wanting our public schools back.
These are the facts. Here is one example of how our current school board and administration has been bought by money from outside our district. Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorn received a total of $20,000 in campaign contributions from Alex Cranberg and Ralph Nagel, of the Alliance for School Choice. Neither Cranberg nor Nagel is a resident of Douglas County. Meghann Silverthorn even received $5,000 from former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Another outside source, The Daniels Fund, has given the Douglas County school district $150,000 to create commercials promoting this reform agenda. Doug Benevento can give no specifics to his lies around union influence. Perhaps these union scare tactics are simply a deflection to keep voters from asking, “Why do these outside influences have a greater say in our children’s education than our local parents, teachers and community members?”