by Kimberly Hinch, parent
September 6, 2013 Denver Post Your Hub
I always assumed a school district and Board of Education (BOE) had the very best intentions for my children. I moved into the Douglas County School District (DCSD) for that very reason. I turned over the education of my girls to one of the very best school districts in the country. I’m a single mother of three, working 40 + hours a week didn’t really leave me a lot of time to continually check into things like curriculum offered, hours spent in class, class size and so on. I trusted DCSD with their young minds. About half way through one of my daughters junior year, my very bright, studious, almost-straight-a student seemed to lose interest in school. I chalked it up to young adulthood. It was only during the second semester when she literally took an elective that she had already taken her freshman year that I began to worry. She said everything else was full… When she entered her senior year she spent more time at home than she did in school. During this time I also had a daughter in her sophomore year. One day she called me at work and said she was home sick with a fever. I was baffled when she told me a boy named Bobby had given her a ride home. What, no call from the school to come and pick up my sick childI honestly accused her of skipping, when she told me she had an off period I couldnt believe it. How do 15-year-old kids just get an off period, and who was this Bobby and why is he giving my daughter a ride home?
When I kissed my girls in the morning as they got out of my car I assumed I was turning them over to the school. It was my job to get them breakfast, lunch money, clean clothes, make sure their backpacks packed and homework was done. I didnt always know their schedule but I knew where they were between 7:35 a.m. and 3:10 p.m.. I sort of remember getting a letter about a different type of schedule, I didnt worry about it, if those that made that decision felt it was better for my children I trusted them.
An equal education is a right that all of our children deserve. Douglas County BOE and Dr. Liz Fagen have weakened the required curriculum, packed 30-35 kids in many of the classes and left my kids and yours with no choices. Our teachers are subject to demeaning and unfair evaluations, threats for non-compliance and an administration that just plain wants anyone that doesnt worship them gone.
I attended the opening of the film The Reformers last Tuesday. This film was written, directed and funded by a Dad in Castle Rock named Brian Malone, he also just happens to be an Emmy award winning documentary film maker. The film exposes DougCoBOE and Liz Fagen for who they are and who they represent. Big Money… Huge Money Money that doesnt give a damn about my children or yours. This upcoming school board election is not about who is a Democrat or a Republican. This is about un-doing a horrible wrong, saving our children, our teachers and our schools.