All of us- educators, administrators, school staff, students, parents and community members- deserve a voice in education policy and practice and should work in collaboration with the Jeffco School Board to make decisions impacting the district.
Teaching is a career, not a temporary stop on the way to another one. Students succeed when teachers are well-trained, trusted and given the opportunity to be leaders in their schools and classrooms.
Schools are community institutions- and because K-12 education alone cannot eradicate poverty, schools should support wrap around services students and families need to thrive.
Accountability is important but excessive high-stakes testing takes away from valuable instructional time and narrows the curriculum to focus on “teaching to the test.” As one of the largest districts in the state, Jefferson County should take the lead in preparing students to succeed in college, careers and civil society, not on taking excessive tests.
Students, parents, educators and community members of all cultural and economic backgrounds should feel safe, welcome, respected and valued.
Our school districts must be committed to providing all children regardless of zip code the opportunity to attend a quality public school in their community.