Our schools used to be the best in Colorado, but the School Board is allowing them to slip!
The Douglas County School Board continues to lower standards for our children. In the past 3 years the school board has voted to lower graduation requirements and decrease instructional time in the classroom. These and many other board decisions have caused Douglas County schools to fall from the most distingushed rank as given by the Colorado Department of Education.
Douglas County Schools serve nearly 60,000 students and employ approximately 6,000 employees
9 High Schools - 9 Middle Schools - 49 Elementary Schools
11 Charter Schools and 4 Alternative Schools
For decades, the DCSD and the Douglas County Federation of Teachers has maintained a national reputation for being on the cutting edge in education. They have:
- Implemented the first Pay-for-Performance program in the nation, created collaboratively with teachers and the District
- Opened the first charter school in the state of Colorado
- Trained teachers through the Digital Educator Program to bring back the lastest technology to students and colleagues in the classroom
- Collaborated to build outstanding professional development, research-based and teacher-taught, through the renowned Education, Research and Dissemination program of the American Federation of Teachers
- Courses for teachers include: Beginning Reading for Certified and Classified, Foundations of Effective Teaching I & II, Instructional Planning, Making Data Work, Making Classroom Assessment Work for You, Managing Antisocial Behavior, Managing Antisocial Behavior for Support Staff, Reading Comprehension, Thinking Mathematics I, II III and Middle School, and ELL Toolbox
Trust and mutual respect have been at the heart of the successful collaboration of educators with District Administration and the Board of Education over the years. The result is an education system focused on the students and classrooms. Yet in a recent survey of teachers and staff, both groups expressed significant concern with the direction of DCSD. The District has yet to address these concerns and their impact on our schools and community.
A Recent Survey of Douglas County teachers and staff found:
- Only 14% of teachers and staff believe the district is moving in a positive direction
- 58% agree DCSD provides and atmosphere in which every child can succeed (down from 75% in 2009-2010)
- Only 18% of teachers and staff agree agree that the climate and culture of our district make for a positive work environment
- Only 18% feel valued as a district employee
- 69% would be likely or highly likely to gain employment in another school district, if given the opportunity
Conducted by Augenblick, Palaichi and Associates, Inc. (January 2012)