By Julie Yeros, parent
Posted Your Hub September 27
I began my teaching career in Douglas County 20 years ago, and ended it this past spring when I decided I could no longer work for our current upper administration or Board of Education. The path they have chosen to go down is not one I can support – one that does not value students, teachers, and public education. Their high stakes experiment is one that I WON’T be a part of, but one that I WILL fight against.
November is approaching quickly and we have the opportunity to reclaim our once exceptional school district by replacing four current board members. I ask myself: who will step up and fight for students, teachers, and public schools?
Who will fight for public education, and won’t allow for-profit companies to privatize our public schools?
Who will listen to its constituents, and won’t ignore the voices of concerned teachers, parents, and community members?
Who will treat everyone with respect, and won’t belittle or demean those who ask questions and want explanations?
Who will accept feedback from teachers, parents, and other professionals, and won’t dismiss surveys, public comment, letters, etc.?
Who will value the work of teachers and encourage their voice, and won’t silence those that are working closest with our children and are the ones trained in the field of educating them?
Who will want to keep quality, veteran teachers as the great mentors we need them to be, and won’t want our district to miss out on the added value they provide?
Who will not implement an incomplete and flawed evaluation system tied to teacher’s pay, and who will listen to research that has proven pay for performance to be unsuccessful?
Who will support classrooms by providing the resources they need, and who won’t hoard the money in a fund balance that continues to grow despite the fact that our schools are being starved?
Who will provide the necessary support services to ensure every child’s needs are being met, and won’t cut programs and services that are greatly impacting general education classrooms?
Who will stop the “niche” idea, and ensure all students receive access to all disciplines in elementary school?
Who will return our pay scale to one that acknowledges the important work of every teacher, and won’t pay teachers based on the number of applicants for that position?
Who will encourage and reward teachers for acquiring higher degrees and endorsements, and won’t disregard the importance of continuing education when considering salary?
Who will keep class sizes to what is developmentally appropriate, and won’t be satisfied with our overcrowded classrooms at all levels?
Who will provide the infrastructure necessary for optimal learning, and won’t allow our buildings and school grounds to be anything less than quality?
Who will stop the testing madness and focus on the whole child, and won’t allow our children to become just a statistic?
Who will use funds to support our public schools, and won’t push an agenda for privatization?
Who will restore the high school schedule and graduation requirements, and won’t support a schedule that reduces instructional time?
Who will support students, teachers, and public education?
Who will reclaim our status as an exemplary school district?
Please get informed. Ask questions. Don’t just vote your party line. There is too much at stake.
DCSD teachers: You are heroes! Your work is appreciated!