CASTLE ROCK — Last Friday’s protest of the Douglas County Education Foundation’s (DCEF) Love Our Schools luncheon was led in part by Susan Meek, who acted as spokeswoman for the anti-school board group.
Meek is a parent of two children attending Douglas County schools and the vice president of the Strong Schools Coalition, as well as a former employee of the district and ran a failed campaign for the District A seat on the Board of Education (BoE) in 2011.
Meek is not running for the BoE again, but she will manage and advise campaigns this fall. She has placed herself at the center of the race. She was recently featured in a story for Our Colorado News: Lone Tree Voice that highlighted her views and positions, rather than those of the campaigns she will manage.
Meek has yet to say which candidates she will be supporting, but she has been an outspoken critic of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) and the current board. She co-founded the Strong Schools Coalition, a campaign group with union backing that has been highly critical of the district’s reform agenda.
The group’s website asserts that the group is non-partisan, however recent media investigations have revealed the group’s use of union talking points and how it has worked directly with the Douglas County Federation of Teachers – the local union of American Federation of Teachers.
The union has been accused of spreading false and misleading information to the media in an attempt to paint the district as anti-teacher.
Meek says she will be stepping down as the vice president of the Strong Schools Coalition to work on the campaigns this fall.
Meek’s has accused the district of working with partisan political groups – namely Republicans – and says there is a lack of transparency about these relationships. However, she is associated with the teachers union, which has consistently supported and funded Democrat campaigns.
This is not the first time Meek has accused opponents of partisan activity. During her 2011 campaign, she filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s office claiming that three candidates were running as a Republican Party slate. Meek’s evidence was a flyer from the Douglas County Republican Party that endorsed the candidates.
The Secretary of State’s office dismissed Meek’s complaint saying that she misread the statute. Although candidates cannot file as a party member, there is nothing that prohibits them from voicing their personal party affiliation or political views.
Meek’s campaign also came under fire after the election when reports exposed instances of district employees inappropriately using their taxpayer funded government emails to communicate about and with her campaign.