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Tuesday, March 10th at 9:15am
St. Philip's Lutheran Church, Kendall and Ken Caryl, Littleton
Host: Christina 303-470-1809
Tuesday, March 10th at 9:15am
MOUNTAIN PARKS UNIT
Highland Rescue Team Ambulance Service
317 South Lookout Mountain, Golden
Host: Tabitha 303-570-5982
Tuesday, March 10th at 1pm
Sportline Store, 6543 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada
Host: Phyllis 303-424-6049
Wednesday, March 11th at 9:15am
Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave, Lakewood
Host: Carol 303-237-7812
Wednesday, March 11th at 6pm
Brown Bag Dinner
JEFFCO PM UNIT
LWV Office,1425 Brentwood, Suite 7, Lakewood
Host: Laurie 303-234-0264
Thursday, March 12th at 9:15am
Cason Howell House, 1575 Kipling, Lakewood
Host: Harriet 720-299-8646
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 at 1pm-2:30pm
555 South Allison Pkwy, Lakewood 80226
SPEAKER: CAROL HEDGES
Executive Director of the nonprofit Colorado Fiscal Institute
As a recognized expert on the effects of Colorado's TABOR amendment, Carol has been involved in education efforts on TABOR-like proposals across the country.
The meeting is at the Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Way, Lakewood, southwest of Alameda and Wadsworth.
There will be handouts and time for questions.
There is no charge to attend.
Charter Schools have become a significant component of the Jefferson County School System. Each year groups submit applications to the Board of Education (BOE) to open more charter schools.
The Golden View Classical Academy (GVCA) Charter Application has been "conditionally approved" by the BOE; however, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County urges reconsideration of this application. This application appears at first glance to be a well-thought-out charter application calling for rigorous academic standards. Due, however, to its strong ties to Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI) and the Barney School Initiative, as well as its stated intent to partner with Colorado Christian University, it would seem that this Charter violates both Colorado State Statute 22-30.5-104, which authorizes charter schools, and Jefferson County Schools Policy IMDCA, which pertains to religion in public schools.
A careful review of all relevant charter application materials and the contract the applicants have signed with Hillsdale College reveals the following minimum commitments between Hillsdale and GVCA:
The state statute authorizing charter schools states: "A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home-based school which operates within a public school district."
The Jefferson County Schools Policy IMDCA (section dealing with religion in public schools) asks the following questions:
In addition to these considerations, GVCA's charter application states that they will operate a "classical liberal arts and sciences, Core Knowledge K-12 school". Jefferson County Schools opened the Addenbrooke Classical Academy in the 2013-14 school year. Although Addenbrooke was expected to open with 100 students, current enrollment is only 56 students. Another "classical" academy would seem to be repetitive and unnecessary at this time.
In view of all these facts, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County requests that the Jefferson County Board of Education deny the GVCA charter application as submitted.
Patricia Mesec, President
Money, money, money! Where does the money for Jefferson County Schools actually go?
It will soon be time for the Jefferson County Board of Education to develop the budget for the next fiscal year. What is the process? Who will be involved in the process? What are the priorities?
The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County supports policies that promote efficient administrative and financial practices in the Jefferson County School District. To that end we believe that citizen participation on advisory committees should continue throughout the budget process. Public workshops and hearings should be held early in the budget process and a cross section of the community must be engaged throughout this important process.
It is imperative that information be gathered from a broad sample of Jefferson County citizens. This broad sample must include all socio-economic levels, age levels, diverse race and ethnic groups, as well as people with and without children.
A survey with multiple questions would be the most cost effective and valid method by which to gather such a sample. Survey questions should be developed by professionals trained in designing surveys that accurately represent the opinions of the community as a whole.
The School District budget must reflect not only the principles and goals of the district but those of the larger community as well. A well-developed budget will reflect careful stewardship of scarce resources.
Patricia F. Mesec, president League of Women Voters of Jefferson County
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