Is the New Special Education Leader Qualified?

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In light of the recent 9news story about a sexual harassment case at Bear Creek High School, parents are questioning the district’s decision to hire Mr. Kevin Carroll as the new Chief Student Success Officer, overseeing the Department of Special Education. Considering the turmoil that the SPED department has experienced over the past several years, has the new board really given enough thought and consideration to who will head this department? Does this individual have real special education experience and a background that allows for a redesign of our special education and health service systems?  In the past, Jeffco has suffered from poor leadership and a lack of actual SPED experience by district heads of this department, leading many parents of special needs children to raise concerns over the poor academic achievements in this area, while others are simply leaving the district because of it.

Accountability – Parent Style

shutterstock_298423190In 2009, former state senator Evie Hudak sponsored the Education Accountability Act (SB 09-163). The bill created a single accountability system to replace the three different accountability systems the state formerly had in place with an increased focus on student achievement growth. It also required that District and School Accountability Committees have parents as the largest group of members. Continue reading

What Happened To Public Comment? Why is the Progressive Board Limiting Public Engagement?

shutterstock_213589876This coming Thursday the 18th, the Jeffco BOE will meet for their 4th Study Session of 2016. Despite promises of increasing transparency and community engagement the board appears poised to take action without any public comment on three critical topics, one of which is whether to have public comment during board meetings at which they will be taking action. You might remember that to expand community engagement, public comment was added to all board meetings in which an action is going to be taken. This new progressive board seems poised to turn that around. Continue reading

Jeffco’s Union Wants Teachers Treated like Widgets

shutterstock_235214128At the first negotiating session of the 2016 bargaining season, Jeffco’s teachers union fought hard to return to paying teachers based on years of experience and level of education. This was the dark ages compensation structure that didn’t reward great performance and resulted in less than half of Jeffco students not graduating or lacking the skills needed to be career and college ready. Did they fight for this because it is best for kids or teachers? NO! For the negotiating team, it’s political. Continue reading

Your Feedback is Needed – It Only Takes Two Minutes

shutterstock_246891043 (1)In our last Eye on Jeffco School Board post, we mentioned the school board wants your feedback. They are using an on-line District Budget Survey; it’s an interactive tool on the district website which will let you make decisions about how to allocate some funds. We encourage you to go on and use the tool, but first a few thoughts. Continue reading