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Teachers Union Chief Takes Aim at Hip-Hop Mogul

July 2, 2013
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It seems that “Mr. Worldwide’s” support for charter schools has earned him the ire of union leaders

It seems that “Mr. Worldwide’s” support for charter schools has earned him the ire of union leaders

CASTLE ROCK – Union critics of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) appear to have found their next target:  Hip-hop performer Pitbull.

And what has Pitbull, real name Armando Pèrez, done to draw the ire of the likes of Diane Ravitch and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten? Read more »

Teacher Turnover Rate in Douglas County Consistent with Past Years

July 1, 2013
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The district projects that it will add about 150 new teaching positions, not including charter schools

The district projects that it will add about 150 new teaching positions, not including charter schools

CASTLE ROCK — Claims that teachers are fleeing the Douglas County School District (DCSD) in record numbers have been called into question once again after the release of statistics showing just an 11.7 percent teacher turnover rate.

That number is in line with the 10 percent turnover rate that the Douglas County School district has averaged for the past few years.  Returning teachers had until June 23 to sign their contracts. Read more »

Failed School Board Candidate to Advise Pro-Union Slate This Fall

June 20, 2013
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Meek says she will be stepping down as the vice president of the Strong Schools Coalition to campaign this fall

Meek was a failed candidate for the board in 2011

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. Read more »

Despite Claims, Number of Teachers Leaving Douglas County Not Unusual

June 4, 2013
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Union backers claim that teacher morale in Douglas County is low, but the numbers tell a different story

Union backers claim teacher morale in Douglas County is low, but the numbers tell a different story

DENVER — Teachers are leaving the Douglas County School District (DCSD) in droves, or at least, that’s what you might think after watching a last week’s report by KUSA-9News Education reporter, Nelson Garcia.  But the number of teachers expected to leave the district this year is no higher than in prior years. Read more »

Criticism of Douglas County School District Turns Personal

May 31, 2013
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Some criticism of the school board has turned personal

Some criticism of the school board has turned personal

DENVER — Last week, Trisha McCombs, an outspoken Douglas County School District (DCSD) parent who has been highly critical of the district via her blog and Twitter, railed against Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen for skipping the graduation ceremony of Highlands Ranch High School on May 22. Read more »

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